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why do they call it deviled eggs

It's hard to know exactly when the deviled egg was created,
where it was created and who created it. However, it is known that the actual concept of the deviled egg began in Ancient Rome. Furthermore, "spicy stuffed shrimp" were known in 13th century Andalusia, and the official deviled egg name has been around since the 1700s. First showing up in print in England, the term "deviled" as it relates to food was actually first associated with meat, not eggs. All kinds of egg dishes began to pop up in cookery texts shortly after the Ancient Greeks and Romans domesticated fowl. The first recipes for hard-boiled, stuffed eggs appeared in medieval European texts and included eggs with raisins, cheese and sweet spices.

Even the deviled egg itself started as simply a boiled egg with spices on top! According to cookbooks throughout history, the practice of boiling eggs, removing the yolks, adding savory spices (mustard, cayenne pepper) and refilling the eggs with the mixture became common in the late 16th century. By the 17th century, it was the norm. This information comes from the Food Timeline Web site. To read more, please visit. Deviled are staples of brunches, picnics, and potlucks. And itБs easy to see why. As far as preparation goes, theyБre easy to make, relatively healthy, and extremely satisfying. б ItБs hard not to love the creamy, spiced filling and hard-boiled exterior.

ThereБs just one question: How did they get their name? WhatБs so devilish about eggs anyway? And what deems a food worthy of such seemingly satanic praise? It turns out, the history goes back further than you think. The first documented usage for the word БdevilБ as a culinary term dates back to 1786 when, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was used to describe a Б(highly seasoned) fried or boiled dish. Б By 1800, the term БdevilingБ caught on and was primarily used to refer to the process of making a spicy or condiment-laden dish, like or even kidneys, as was common for the time.

The OED claims,Бthe term was presumably adopted because of the connection between the devil and the excessive heat in Hell. Б This association makes sense. Even while the spice level of deviled eggs can definitely vary based on filling ingredients, they certainly have the potential to pack heat. I mean, you can literally put anything in a deviled egg. Beyond mustard, mayo and paprika, you can throw in cayenne, and even wasabi to kick it up a notch. At their mildest, they are still heavily seasoned and chock-full of condiments, so the original БdeviledБ definition still holds up.

But not everyone is on board with the hellish food terminology. In many regions of the U. S. , deviled eggs are commonly known as Бstuffed eggs,Б Бdressed eggs,Б Бsalad eggsБ or even Бmimosa eggs. Б Pretty much any word other than БdevilБ can be used, especially when served in the context of church functions. (No one wants to invite Satan to the picnic! ) Lower calorie versions that use light mayonnaise have even been called Бangel eggsБ to connote their healthier aspects. But whatever you end up calling them, one fact remains the same Бthey taste delicious! Header image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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