While I don’t talk much about my faith journey on my blog, I was reminiscing the other day about how it has been a year since my baptism and conversion to Catholicism. The year has been full of learning and growth, and I’m forever thankful for the change that has come to my life since joining my Parish. The people there are amazing: loving and kind, supportive and helpful, and full of a heaping dose of reality if you get to be too big for your pants. I adore them all, and love to help out wherever I can.
Which brings me to this post. A few weeks back, right before we left for Alaska (which is a blog post all unto itself), the Adult Faith Formation leader, Kathy, shot out an email to the RCIA class from last year. Apparently, each year, the RCIA class from the year prior helps stock the food for the following class’s Easter Vigil. Always up for an excuse to cook, I quickly volunteered to help set up for the vigil, as well as provide a few dozen deviled eggs for the party.
Now, there’s a story to deviled eggs. Growing up, it was the ONLY dish I was allowed to help with on the major holidays. My mother ran her kitchen like a General runs his military unit. Everything had a place and a place for everything, and God help you if it wandered under your watch. Needless to say, deviled eggs became my speciality, and I was pleased to be able to share the with everyone this Easter! However, I needed something with a bit more “oomph” than just regular old deviled eggs. So, after a little bit of thought, a quick bit of research, and a short trip to the store, I had everything I needed.
DYED DEVILED EGGS. That’s right…why serve any boring old, white deviled eggs? This is the 21st century, folks…the land of Pinterest! Why be inspired when you can be PINspired?! (Lame, I know…feel free to express your groans) I quickly set to work, hard boiling my eggs and peeling them to get started. As a fair note, I have tried every trick under the sun to get my eggs to peel easily. So far, hasn’t happened. I’ve damn near given up and just accepted the fact that my eggs look like they escaped from a leper colony (no offense to any lepers reading). But, nothing a little dye wouldn’t fix, right?
I peeled and cut up my eggs, disposing the yolk in a bowl, and set to dying. I wanted the colors to be super vibrant, so I bought two dye packs and used 2 tablets per one dye cup, just so the colors would be ultra saturated. I also used vinegar, though not as much as the packet said, because I didn’t want my deviled eggs to taste pickled. Because that’s just gross, I don’t care who you are.
The eggs dyed up really well, and I let them dry over night in the fridge. This morning, I whipped up the filling, and grabbed my icing piping bags to fill them. I thought that I had some icing tips around here somewhere, but apparently they’ve disappeared (or I never bought them, either is entirely possible), but none the less I made do. I left out the pickle relish in the filling, as I’ve recently been told that some people don’t like pickle in their deviled eggs (THE TRAVESTY!), and instead opted to cut a sliver of pickle and stuff it in the middle of the filling as a garnish on half the eggs. Problem solved!
Here are my Easter Dyed Deviled Eggs! Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them…it was a ton of fun!