Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Devil's Onion Eggs

Okay, you may be wondering why this post is called "The Devil's Onion Eggs"...Well I will tell you. You see, this Easter we found an interesting article in the Deseret News about dyeing eggs the old-fashioned way--with onion skins. Yep, you heard that right, onion skins! I was intrigued by this so I decided to try it out. And as you can see from the picture above, the eggs turned out beautifully. Okay, why the "Devil" then?...this one is pretty self-explanatory. What do you do with boiled eggs? You make deviled eggs out of them, of course! Hence the name: "The Devil's Onion Eggs" (plus they are so devilishly good).

The Devil's Eggs AKA deviled eggs. You will want to keep this recipe because they are extraordinarily yummy.

Here is the link for the Deseret News article: Dyeing Easter eggs with onion skins
And I am going to post it on here too. Hurrah!

Onion Skin Easter Eggs

Step 1: Collect a small bag of brown and red onion skins. Often the local grocery store will save the skins if asked.

Step 2: Soak the skins in warm water. This method of dyeing eggs works best if the skin pieces are large.

Step 3: Cut small squares of cloth big enough to cover the egg completely. Soak the cloths.

Step 4: Place the soaked onion skins around the egg.

Step 5: Wrap the soaked cloth around the egg and tie a string or elastic tightly at the top.

Step 6: Cook the eggs slowly.

You should gently cook your eggs, but not boil them. Below are instructions for cooking eggs in a shell.

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Add enough water to come at least one inch above the eggs. Cover and quickly bring just to boiling. Turn off heat. If necessary, remove the pan from the burner to prevent further boiling. Let the eggs stand, covered, in the hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (about 12 minutes for medium, about 18 for extra-large).

Step 7: After cooking, immediately remove the cloth and skins and rinse the egg in cold water. Dry the egg, and then use a small amount of olive oil and rub the egg until it shines.

Remarkably, these dyed eggs taste nothing like onion. The end result is an egg that looks hand painted and good enough to display at any Easter feast.

Soak the onion skins.
Surround the egg with onion skins and wrap with cloth (we used cheesecloth).
The process.
Cook slowly in a pot of water.
The end result: beautiful, marbled eggs.

And then we dyed eggs the traditional way too, with good ol' food coloring and water.
Oh little brother...BYU and Batman, the two best things in life.

Deviled Eggs. My sister's fiance made these. It's not every day that you find a guy who can make delicious deviled eggs.

Deviled Eggs 
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
½ teaspoon distilled white vinegar
½ teaspoon spicy brown mustard
¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Place eggs in medium saucepan, cover with 1 inch of water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from heat, cover and let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, fill medium bowl with 1 quart water and 1 dozen ice cubes. Pour off water from saucepan and gently shake pan back and forth to crack shells. Transfer eggs to ice water with slotted spoon and let cool 5 minutes. (Or just use the Easter eggs you already boiled.)

2. Peel the eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Transfer the yolks to a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, mashing the mixture against the sides of the bowl until smooth.

3. Arrange the egg whites on a serving platter and fill with the yolk mixture, mounding the filling about ½ inch above the whites. (You could put the yolk mixture into a sandwich baggie and snip off the end and pipe it in that way. You could also use a nice decorating tip with a piping bag, or just a good ol’ spoon. Whatever floats your boat!) Serve immediately.
*Note: I am not a fan of mayo, so I decided to add sour cream in addition to the mayo. The sour cream gives these deviled eggs a little "tang" and makes them really scrumptious.

*Make-Ahead Note: You can make the deviled eggs up to 2 days ahead. Wrap the peeled egg white halves tightly with a double layer of plastic wrap and place the filling a zipper lock plastic bag, squeezing out all the air. Refrigerate until ready to fill and serve.


  1. This looks really fun. I'm going to try it with my kids next year.

    1. This was a blast. I am sure your kids will love it.


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