You are probably thinking, why are these deviled eggs pink, right? Well, this recipe is sorta like a martini deviled egg. The eggs are pickled (using a beet-based brine) and then vodka is added to the filling. Are you drooling yet?
They’re the perfect deviled egg really, and they’re easier to make than they look! I promise. The brine is quite simple and once you make it, you just have to store some eggs in it. After the eggs pickle, it is business as usual…except with more vodka!
Spiked Deviled Eggs
Yields 12 spiked deviled eggs
3 Cups Water
1 Beet, peeled and sliced
1 Garlic clove
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
4 Sprigs of thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon whole peppercorns
1 Cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/8 Teaspoons Salt
¼ Teaspoon dried anise seed
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Vodka
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1 Serrano Pepper, sliced
1. Bring 3 cups water, 1 peeled beet, a clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, a bay leaf, tablespoon peppercorns, 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon anise seed and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil, then simmer covered for about 20 minutes until the beet is tender. Let mixture cool completely.
2. At the same time the brine is cooking, carefully place the eggs in another sauce pan and fill the pan with enough water to cover the eggs by 1-inch.
3. Bring the water to a boil over a medium-high heat. Once it is boiling, turn off the heat and remove the eggs from the stove. Cover them and let them sit for about 20 minutes.
4. To stop the eggs from over cooking and turning the yolk gray, empty the hot water and replace it with cold water. You can even add ice.
5. Once the eggs are cool enough to touch, crack each egg on each end by firmly tapping it on a hard surface. Placing the side of the egg on the counter, roll it with the palm of your hand while slightly applying pressure. The shell should crackle all over but be careful to not squish the egg. Place the egg in a bowl of warm water and the shell should slide right off.
6. Place the eggs and brine in a container now adding the fresh thyme and serrano chiles, seal it and chill it in the refrigerator, stirring every few hours. Depending on how pickled (and pink) you want your eggs, let them sit for at least 10 hours.
7. When brining is finished, cut each egg in half and scoop out yolks. Place yolks in a medium-sized bowl, along with the tablespoon mustard, tablespoon mayonnaise, teaspoon vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix/mash until smooth. Add the 1/8 teaspoon salt but salt to taste. Be careful here, it is really easy to over salt deviled eggs. I would work the salt in portions at a time and taste as you go.
8. Add in 1/4 of the vodka and mix well. The key here is to make them super boozy but not liquify the yolk mixture. If the consistency holds, add in the remaining vodka, 1/4 at a time. In fact, you can add more if your yolks allow it. This is variable because of the egg size.
9. Using a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off, pipe the yolk mixture back into the pink eggs. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and chill. Enjoy!
Jerry James Stone has been eating and drinking his veggie way through San Francisco for the past four years where he focuses on sustainability and local as well as large-scale food issues.