Basic Deviled Eggs
Recipe courtesy of Susan Ford, Publisher Louisiana Kitchen & Culture
Makes 24 pieces
Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, cover, turn off heat and let eggs sit 15 minutes. Drain, run under cold water until eggs are completely cool. Peel; cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and pass through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard, and butter; mix until smooth. Blend in lemon juice and seasoning; taste and adjust. Place in a pastry or zip-top plastic bag with a corner snipped off. Fill egg white halves with egg yolk mixture. Sprinkle with garnish. Makes 24 pieces.
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