National Deviled Egg Day:
Celebrated annually on 2nd November, the National Deviled Egg Day is an unofficial holiday. This day features deviled egg, an all-time favorite, a go-to appetizer that traveled all the way from Rome and has been on a world tour since then. Be it family reunions, parties, or potluck, the devilled egg is always invited.
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Why National Deviled Egg Day?
The devilled egg is such an eye-catching name that it’s almost impossible to miss in any restaurant menu. It’s neither a dish from hell, nor has it undergone any specific evil rituals, other than boiling in water and being modified with different ingredients that are commonly used by humans. So rest assured, this is not the devil’s work but rather a sinfully tasty dish that’s also well known by other names such as egg mimosa, Russian eggs etc.
The origin of deviled eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome. The boiled eggs were halved, coated with various spicy sauces, and served in the homes of wealthy citizens who could afford eggs and chefs. It was popularly served as a first course known as gustatio. The dish is also mentioned in ancient Roman satirical literature known as “Satyricon”.
Even after the fall of the roman empire the stuffed egg recipe stood the test of time and continued to be enjoyed in various ways. In the 1200s a written record from Andalusia, modern-day Spain, mentions a similar recipe. A cookbook from this time includes a recipe wherein the scooped out yolk is mixed with cilantro, coriander, onion juice, pepper and fish sauce or fermented barley. The stuffing is placed within the hollowed-out egg white halves and is put back together with a stick.
In Europe, all kinds of stuffed egg recipes gained popularity by the 1400s. Medieval cookbooks also contained various recipes for stuffed eggs. The stuffing used was cheese, herbs, raisins, and flavored oils. Some recipes involved frying the eggs after stuffing. The medieval-style stuffed egg was served cold
Devilled eggs were extremely popular in the US after world war II. The preparation usually involves a boiled egg that is halved, followed by scooping out the yolk which is then mashed and mixed with ingredients like mustard, mayonnaise, pickle, and paprika. This mix is again filled back into the egg white. Similar recipes for devilled eggs exist in many countries.
The deviled egg recipes started appearing in American cookbooks in the mid-1800s. In 1786, “deviled” was a British term that was used to refer to fried, boiled, or highly seasoned hot and spicy ingredients or food items that were boiled or fried. In the 1800s Americans borrowed the term to refer to spicy food. Since then the term deviled egg was used for the spicy stuffed eggs and the name stuck.
In Western Europe regions like Germany, France, and the Netherlands the devilled egg preparations usually include tomato and parsley. In Germany cheese, capers and anchovies are also used. Hungarian devilled eggs are made by mashing the yolk with white bread that is soaked in milk. In Sweden, sour cream, chives, onion, caviar, and pickled herring are also used.
How Can We Observe National Deviled Egg Day:
- Celebrate this day by trying out a deviled egg recipe, and serve the taste possessed treats to your friends and family.
- Make your own recipe and share it with the world!
- Don’t forget to include deviled eggs in your parties, potlucks, and family reunions. Easy to make and easy to impress!
- Try out the Devilled egg dessert.
- Use them in salads to have a protein-packed dish.
- Share the photos and videos of your celebration on social media using hashtags #NationalDeviledEggDay #DeviledEggDay
Interesting Facts on National Deviled Egg Day:
Here are some interesting facts on deviled eggs and eggs!
- In the ancient Roman literature “Satyricon” by Petronius, a banquet thrown by a wealthy person included songbirds marinated in peppered egg yolk, and stuffed into peasant eggs. This was one of the earliest references to deviled egg preparation.
- Eggs were commonly served while entertaining the guests in Rome. A Popular Roman saying “ab ova usque ad mala” which means “from the beginning of the meal to the end” conveys the central role of egg delicacies in Roman culture and cuisine.
- Eggs are protein-packed and contain all vitamins except vitamin C.
- Sonya Thomas is the record holder for eating 65 hard Boiled Eggs in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
History Of National Deviled Egg Day:
The origin and founder of this day remain unknown.