I love to set up interactive stations for easy entertaining. A DIY bar offers guests lots of options and encourages conversation, too. In my book, that is a win-win. For Easter brunch (or any brunch for that matter) a DIY Deviled Egg Bar is nothing but easy, yummy fun and with a price tag under ten cents per serving, deviled eggs are super affordable!
Make your deviled eggs.* I'd suggest making a pretty basic recipe** since your guests will be adding toppings and piling on lots of flavor.
Assemble the eggs on a variety of different plates, egg dishes, and platters at different heights. Put the toppings in small dishes, jars, or bowls in groups. I like to get a bowl and fill it with ice and arrange bowls filled with toppings that are best kept chilled.
SUGGESTED TOPPINGS (From our wonderful Facebook family! Use as many or as few as you like based on your budget and the amount of room you have)
Fresh Dill, Thyme, Tarragon, Chives, Italian parsley, cilantro; finely chopped
Scallions, finely chopped
Spicy pickle relish
Pickled okra slices
Roasted red peppers, diced
Jalapeno peppers, diced
Green olives, sliced
Toasted pecans, chopped
Goat cheese crumbles
Shredded cheddar cheese
Country ham, sliced ultra thin and cut into small pieces
BBQ (beef or pork, shredded)
Smoked salmon (thin sliced)
Fresh lump crabmeat (cooked)
Cooked baby shrimp
Caviar (if you have the budget)
Sour cream, creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt
*To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs
Use a stainless steel pot- don't use a non-stick pan
Layer the eggs in the pan leaving a bit of room between them. Cover with cold water by one inch. Bring the eggs to a boil and very gently stir them in the pan. This will keep the yolk centered. Once the eggs reach a rolling boil, Immediately reduce the heat and simmer, cooking for one minute. Remove from heat and cover. Let the eggs stand for fifteen minutes. If you have very large eggs, you may want to allow them to stand for eighteen minutes. Don't peek or open the lid. Place the pot in the sink and run cold water over the eggs to cool them.
To peel, lightly roll the egg on the counter with your hand and the shell should crack and peel away easily. I find they peel easier if you do this right away.
**Classic Southern Style Deviled Eggs
12 hard-boiled eggs
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish
Cut the eggs in half and put the yolks into a bowl and reserve the whites for later. ( I probably did not have to tell you that, but you'd be surprised) Add the mayo and mustard. Now, there is no precise measurement for the perfect deviled egg. Everyone does theirs to taste. I don't like mine to be thin or runny. I prefer a thicker consistency. Add more or less mayo depending on the consistency you like. Use a fork to mash it all together until somewhat creamy; if there are some bits of egg peeking through, that's ok. Add the salt, pepper, and relish. Combine well. Spoon the yolks into the egg whites. Or... you can make a pastry bag from a Zip-lock bag and pipe the mixture into the egg white. Simply spoon the mixture into the bag, smush it down into the corner and squeeze out the air... then snip the end and pipe nice little swirls onto your egg. I can do this so trust me, it's not hard.