Antipasti Deviled Eggs

My Uncle Phil was not known for his cooking (he lived with Bimpy, so you can’t blame him), but he was known for famously showing up to every party with either deviled eggs or an antipasti platter. He would tell anyone who listened that he made them himself, which was true! I asked Bimpy recently about Uncle Phil's deviled egg recipe, and he said: “Any place we went, he loved to bring deviled eggs. He always placed half of an olive on top of each for some extra flair.”


Bimpy’s memory about the olive on top made me think immediately about Uncle Phil’s famous antipasti platter, and that's when it hit me—what about an ANTIPASTI DEVILED EGGS platter?! Without getting too emotional, I feel they are a perfect tribute to Uncle Phil. My antipasti deviled eggs platter features three kinds of deviled eggs: Garlicky Paprika, Basil Pesto, and Roasted Red Pepper with endless bite-sized antipasti accessories for a night on the town (or the couch).

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:


Deviled Eggs:

12 large eggs

¾ cup mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon basil pesto, homemade or pre-made

1 heaping tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1 heaping tablespoon minced roasted red peppers

1 large clove garlic, grated

¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar

¼ teaspoon paprika

Salt

Pepper


Antipasti add-ons:

Sliced salami rounds, cut into quarters

Sliced prosciutto, rolled and cut into spirals

Provolone cheese, cut into bite-sized cubes

Mozzarella cheese, bite sized balls or cubes

Anchovies, rolled or flat

Marinated mushrooms

Marinated artichoke hearts

Assorted olives

Sweet or roasted red peppers

Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise

Pine nuts

Anything else your heart desires…


WHAT YOU'LL DO:


First thing's first, let's get the eggs hard-boiling! Everyone has their own hard boiled egg method but in case you're in search of a new one, here's mine:


I always use large eggs and try to get ones that are closer to their expiration date than not. Fun fact: The fresher the egg, the harder they are to peel! Grab your eggs from the fridge and place them in a single layer on the bottom of a pot. Submerge the eggs in an inch of cold water and place the pot on high heat (cover OFF). As soon as the water starts to boil, set a timer for 9 minutes and lower the heat to a slow boil. While the eggs cook, prepare a bowl of ice water. When the timer goes off, gently place your eggs in the bowl of ice water for 15 minutes at least, but longer is fine!


While the eggs soak in their ice bath, prep all of your antipasti add-ons as listed above. Use as much as you like, too. These are all optional add-ons to top off the deviled eggs, but they are also meant for just snacking on in general. It’s one of the many things I love about this platter—you get more than just deviled eggs out of it! It’s the full antipasti snacking experience.


Now that the eggs are done chilling, let’s peel them. I start by cracking them at the wider bottom of the egg, as there tends to be an air pocket there. Get under the skin and peel away. Once all eggs are peeled, slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Separate the whites from the yolks. Set the whites aside for now.


Let’s make our fillings. This recipe makes three different fillings, each for 8 egg white halves. Here are the ingredients for each filling:


Garlicky Paprika:

4 egg yolks (8 halves)

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1 clove garlic, grated

¼ teaspoon paprika

Salt

Pepper


Basil Pesto:

4 egg yolks (8 halves)

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon heaping basil pesto, homemade or pre-made


Roasted Red Pepper:

4 egg yolk (8 halves)

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon minced roasted red peppers

¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar

Salt

Pepper


NOTE: You can absolutely do all 24 of your halved eggs with one or two of these filling flavors. Just multiply the ingredients as needed from above (i.e. doubled for 16 egg halves and tripled for 24 egg halves).


Grab three small bowls and place your ingredients for each filling into the bowls, using one bowl for each flavor. Using a fork, smash your egg yolks, incorporating the ingredients into the yolk as you go along. Once you have everything fairly incorporated, make a few passes through the filling with a whisk or spatula to smooth things out as much as possible. Taste fillings and adjust each for flavor as you like.


Fill three small sandwich bags with fillings (one filling per bag). Remove all excess air from bags and seal. Grab your egg whites. Using scissors, cut a ½ inch slit in one corner of the bag. Press your filling through this corner of the bag and pipe the filling into each egg white half. You can be generous in your filling! And remember: it’s 8 eggs per filling flavor, if you are doing all 3 flavors.


Once your eggs are all filled and looking devilishly good, either begin to arrange them on your antipasti tray or cover and refrigerate them until it's time to serve. I do have some tray topping adjacencies I recommend here, but you can absolutely do what makes you happy. Here's how I arranged today's platter:


Garlicky Paprika: salami, olives, provolone

Basil Pesto: tomatoes, pine nuts, mozzarella, prosciutto

Roasted Red Pepper: sweet or roasted peppers, sardines


Have so much fun arranging your tray and, as always, don’t take it too seriously! Just serve and enjoy.


Any leftovers (who are we kidding?) can be left in the fridge for a few days.


Make it step-by-step with me below!

1. First thing's first, let's get the eggs hard-boiling! Everyone has their own hard boiled egg method but in case you're in search of a new one, here's mine:


I always use large eggs and try to get ones that are closer to their expiration date than not. Fun fact: The fresher the egg, the harder they are to peel!

2. Grab your eggs from the fridge and place them in a single layer on the bottom of a pot. Submerge the eggs in an inch of cold water and place the pot on high heat (cover OFF). As soon as the water starts to boil, set a timer for 9 minutes and lower the heat to a slow boil.

3. Prepare a bowl of ice water.

4. When the timer goes off, gently place your eggs in the bowl of ice water for 15 minutes at least, but longer is fine!

5. While the eggs soak in their ice bath, prep all of your antipasti add-ons as listed above. Use as much as you like, too!

6. Now that the eggs are done chilling, let’s peel them. I start by cracking them at the wider bottom of the egg, as there tends to be an air pocket there.

7. Get under the skin and peel away. Once all eggs are peeled, slice the eggs in half lengthwise.

8. Separate the whites from the yolks. Set the whites aside for now.

9. Grab three small bowls and place your ingredients for each filling into the bowls, using one bowl for each flavor. Using a fork, smash your egg yolks, incorporating the ingredients into the yolk as you go along. As a reminder, here are the three fillings' ingredients:


Garlicky Paprika:

4 egg yolks (8 halves)

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1 clove garlic, grated

¼ teaspoon paprika

Salt

Pepper


Basil Pesto:

4 egg yolks (8 halves)

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon heaping basil pesto, homemade or premade


Roasted Red Pepper:

4 egg yolk (8 halves)

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon minced roasted red peppers

¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar

Salt

Pepper


NOTE: You can absolutely do all 24 of your halved eggs with one or two of these filling flavors. Just multiply the ingredients as needed from above (i.e. doubled for 16 egg halves and tripled for 24 egg halves).

10. Once you have everything fairly incorporated, make a few passes through the filling with a whisk or spatula to smooth things out as much as possible. Taste fillings, adjust each for flavor as you like.

11. Fill three small sandwich bags with fillings (one filling per bag). Remove all excess air from bags and seal.

12. Using scissors, cut a ½ inch slit in one corner of the bag. Press your filling through this corner of the bag and pipe the filling into each egg white half.

13. Now that your eggs are all filled, you can cover and refrigerate until you plan to serve them.

14. Or you can go right into the fun of arranging your antipasti tray! I do have some tray topping adjacencies I recommend here, but you can absolutely do what makes you happy. Here's how I arranged today's platter:


Garlicky Paprika: salami, olives, provolone

Basil Pesto: tomatoes, pine nuts, mozzarella, prosciutto

Roasted Red Pepper: sweet or roasted peppers, sardines


Have so much fun arranging your tray and, as always, don’t take it too seriously! Just serve and enjoy.

Any leftovers (who are we kidding?) can be left in the fridge for a few days.

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