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Turn deviled eggs into adorable hatching chicks

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An egg-citing Easter appetizer

Skip the plain old deviled eggs for these adorable hatching chicks. They're sure to be the hit of your Easter brunch.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

These deviled eggs are almost too cute to eat. Fortunately, they're as easy to make as they are to eat.

Start by making perfect hard boiled eggs. To make the cooked eggs easy to peel, I let them sit in an ice bath for a whole hour.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

While the eggs are cooling, you can prep your beaks and feet. I like to use a julienne peeler, which makes things go much faster, but you can also use a knife. Julienne part of a carrot into matchsticks, and then use a knife to slice the matchsticks into half inch pieces. You will need seven pieces per chick.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

When you're ready to make your chicks, crack the egg all over with a spoon. I like to use a spoon with a slightly pointed tip, which is really helpful in the next step.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

Use the tip of your spoon to start peeling the egg. Just slide it under the shell and carefully work your way around the egg, discarding shell as you go.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

Once your eggs are peeled, it's time to shape them. Lay the egg on its side, and cut a small slice off of the bottom (flatter) end. This gives it a base to stand on. You can eat that little slice now, you won't need it. Then cut about 1/2-3/4 inch off of the top (pointy) end. This end piece is going to be the top of your chicks.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

Scoop all the yolks out of the eggs (don't forget the tops too), and mix them with the filling ingredients. Put your filling in a plastic bag with the end snipped off, and pipe it into your eggs.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

Place the top slice of egg white on each chick, and add two peppercorns and a piece of carrot to make the face. You may find it easier to use tweezers for these tiny pieces.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

Arrange the eggs however you would like to serve them, then add feet by slipping the remaining slices of carrot under their bodies. Again, tweezers can help with this step. Place three pieces together on each side to make the feet.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, but try to serve them within a couple hours to keep the yolks looking fresh.

 Turn your deviled eggs into hatching chicks

Hatching chick deviled eggs recipe

Makes 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 boiled eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 12 black peppercorns

Instructions:

  1. Lay an egg on its side and cut a small slice off of the bottom (flatter) end. This is the base of the chick. Then cut about 1/2-3/4 inch off of the top (pointy) end. This end piece is going to be the top of your chick.
  2. Scoop all the yolks out of the eggs (don't forget the tops too) and mix them with the mayonnaise, mustard and salt. Put this filling in a plastic bag with the end snipped off, and pipe it into your eggs. Make sure the filling is about an inch taller than the top of the egg white so you will have plenty of room to make a face.
  3. Place the top slice of egg white on each chick.
  4. Use a knife to slice your julienned carrot into pieces 1/2 inch long. Place 2 peppercorns and a piece of carrot into the yolk of each egg to make the face. You may find it easier to use tweezers for these tiny pieces.
  5. Arrange the eggs on your serving tray, then add feet by slipping the remaining slices of carrot under their bodies. Again, tweezers can help with this step. Place 3 pieces together on each side to make the feet.
  6. Serve cold. Best served within 2 hours.

More deviled egg recipes

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