So is anyone else beyond ready for the holiday weekend? I am very excited to be heading down to the beach for the long weekend with my entire family. It is always so nice to kick off the summer unofficially with everyone. To make things even sweeter, I have off Monday & Friday of next week, I decided to take Friday off so I can help put the finishing touches on my sister-in-law’s baby shower (hopefully I can do a post on that). Our weekend will be filled with beach time, bike riding, ice cream eating, and of course BBQing. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite items at a BBQ is usually deviled eggs. They don’t make tons of appearances at my family gatherings so I am always excited when I see them. I was intrigued by this particular recipe. I love avocado so when you combine it with another love, it made me pretty excited to try them. I decided to make a batch last week while we grilled out with the burgers I posted Monday. They turned out awesome and definitely were a different twist to your traditional deviled eggs. If you mix these up for your Memorial Day BBQ, you will be the hit of the party.
As an added bonus, I decided to take a non-traditional route in preparing the eggs. While my sister-in-law was over for Mother’s Day, she mentioned making hard boiled eggs in the oven. I was so curious to see if it worked that I tried it out myself for this recipe. I must say that it worked perfectly! I made some slight changes to the original technique. I had read a bunch of the reviews and I really feel like I “know” my oven. Here is what I noticed, the temperature of your oven is going to vary. Mine is a brand new oven and it is gas, it tends to cook things a little faster, so I went with 325 degrees. Depending on your oven it will vary from 325-350 degrees. Many people also commented that 30 minutes was too long so I decided to pull mine out after 25 minutes and hope for the best. I had also read that little brown spots would appear on the eggs after being baked, but they would disappear once submerged in the ice bath. It ended up doing just that. I also want to comment that I know it does not normally take a half hour to make hard boiled eggs, but the great thing about this process is that you can set it and forget it. Go paint your nails, do a load of laundry, get something else done while the eggs bake. No more standing at the stove top waiting patiently for perfect eggs. It also would be ideal to use when hard boiled eggs are needed on a larger scale. So if you are looking for a hassle free way to prepare your eggs, try this out!
Avocado Deviled Eggs
6 hard boiled eggs
1 medium avocado, diced small
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
Salt to taste
What you’ll do:
Cut boiled eggs in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out yolks. Mash yolks with a fork. Stir in diced avocados, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle with cayenne or fresh, chopped parsley. Makes 12 servings.
How to Make Hard Baked (boiled) Eggs:
Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees. Place your room temperature eggs in a muffin or cupcake tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on the strength of your oven. Remove eggs from muffin tin after baking and submerge in an ice bath of water to stop the cooking. Allow eggs to cool completely, about ten minutes. Peel and enjoy at your leisure!