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Course: Appetizers
Keyword: 5-Pepper Deviled Eggs, Easter, Eggs, Entertaining, Snacks, Southern, Spring

5-Pepper Deviled Eggs

Alton Brown's 5-Pepper Deviled Eggs Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 12 deviled eggs
Five types of pepper add multi-dimensional spice to classic deviled eggs.
Once upon a time on a show called Good Eats, I made 4-Pepper Deviled Eggs. Why four? Because I feared the world just wasn’t ready for the 5-pepper version.
Strong? Yes. But the cool thing about egg yolks is that they can hold the heat in check so that the more complex flavors of the peppers can come through.
(And if you prefer the 4-pepper version, simply substitute capers for the brined green peppercorns and caper brine for the peppercorn brine.)
This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.
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  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole pink peppercorns, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole white peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole green peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon brined green peppercorns, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon green peppercorn brine
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

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Coffee/spice grinder
Alton Brown's 5-Pepper Deviled Eggs Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 12 deviled eggs

Procedure

  • Slice the eggs in half from top to bottom. Scoop the yolks into a medium mixing bowl and lay the whites on a serving platter. Sprinkle the whites with the salt.
  • Place all of the dry peppercorns, except 1/2 teaspoon of the pink peppercorns, into a spice grinder and process until well ground. Add the ground peppers, chopped green peppercorns and their brine, mayonnaise, and mustard to the egg yolks and, using a fork, stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Place the mixture into a zip-top plastic bag and cut a small hole at one of the corners. Pipe the mixture into each of the white halves. Coarsely grind the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of pink peppercorns and use to garnish the top of each egg.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.
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