Carbonara Inspired Deviled Eggs

One of the reasons I started Soup or Salad Blog was a conversation about pasta salad. In fact, I wanted to start a pasta salad blog until I realized that was a little too focused. I wanted to turn dishes in to pasta salads, then regular salads, as an alternative to a hot dish: BLT salad, for example. One of the things I could never get to work was carbonara pasta salad. I thought about trying to make carbonara egg salad instead, but never got around to it. Last week, I needed to make deviled eggs to take to a potluck and I remembered the carbonara/egg salad idea and adapted it to stuffing it in an egg.

I hesitate to publish a recipe for deviled eggs because they can be a little temperamental. You may need more or less mayo or milk. You might prefer more or less pepper. This recipe would be easily halved or doubled (super egg party!) just taste as you do. The parmesan does make these a little dry out more quickly than my usual deviled eggs, so keep them covered and don’t make them more than an hour or two in advance.

Carbonara Deviled Eggs
Makes 24 halves
12 eggs
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons milk
2 heaping tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated, plus some for garnish
1/2 pound bacon (cooked/crumbled) about 1/2 cup or so
1 teaspoon yellow mustard (this is mostly to yellow up the filling, feel free to omit)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt (maybe. If your cheese is pretty salty, you won’t need it, but taste and see)

  1. Cook the eggs (I bring to a boil, starting in cold water. Then, turn off the heat and let sit for 11 minutes. Drain. Then put in a strainer with some ice and let sit at least 30 minutes)
  2. Cook the bacon and chop the bacon (while cooking the eggs or before. You will want the bacon at room temperature or cooler when mixing with the eggs.) I just make some extra when I’m cooking bacon and eggs or something.
  3. Peel the (cooled completely) eggs and slice lengthwise.
  4. Pop the yolk out into a mixing bowl and put the whites onto a plate or tray.
  5. Mash egg yolks with a fork and add remaining ingredients (excluding cheese for garnish) one at a time and mix well between each addition.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more mayo a little at a time if it’s dry. The mayonnaise can over-power the parmesan cheese flavor, so use judiciously.
  7. I usually use a piping bag for filling deviled eggs, but the bacon pieces got stuck. I had to use the heaping spoon method: Holding an egg white in one hand and a heaping spoonful of yolk filling in the other, press the filling down into the indented space in the egg white. Twist the spoon slightly to keep the yolk in the indentation and then use the back of the spoon to smooth the mound of filling. Repeat for all eggs.
  8. Using a vegetable peeler, shave pieces off of the side of a wedge of parmesan and place on top of the eggs for garnish. Or, top with a mound of finely grated cheese, a sprinkle of extra pepper or a light dusting of a colored salt (pink sea salt or a grey smoked salt). I know paprika is a traditional garnish for deviled eggs, but the flavor would really overwhelm the parmesan in these eggs.
  9. Take to a party and impress your friends! Or just eat them at home. Either way, delicious.

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Carbonara Inspired Deviled Eggs”

  1. Audrey says:

    Um…YUM. I might have to make these this week…

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  2. Brigid Keely says:

    Oh, these look good! Maybe I will invite people over as an excuse to make devilled eggs. HMM!

    Is the yellow mustard dry mustard powder, or prepared mustard like you’d use in a sandwich?

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    Amy Reply:

    It’s actually plain french’s yellow mustard. I use dijon or brown in my usual deviled eggs, but felt the flavor would be too strong for these. You could easily leave it out or use a smidge more mayo with a pinch of ground mustard.

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    Brigid Keely Reply:

    Well, the prepared has vinegar in it, too!

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  3. Amber says:

    Now…I’m starving. Yum.

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  4. Veronica says:

    I HATE eggs, deviled eggs but these make me want to try them. and thats not BS these are beautiful.

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