Give Your Deviled Eggs A Fancy Upgrade With This Ingredient

Hard-boiled eggs are good, but deviled eggs are better. Creamy, rich and oh-so-satisfying, they're typically made by cutting a boiled egg in half and filling it with a velvety mixture of egg yolk, mayonnaise, and mustard. But, if the classic recipe has become a bit boring, you might want to consider giving your next batch of deviled eggs a fancy upgrade by adding one luxurious ingredient.

With humble origins that date back to Ancient Rome, mention of hard-boiled eggs first appeared in the culinary manuscript known as De Re Coquinaria. Since then, eggs have undergone all sorts of transformations, including being dubbed as "deviled." Smithsonian Magazine reports that the term actually dates back to the 18th century and was used to describe foods that were highly seasoned. 

Despite the fact that most modern deviled egg recipes are quite mild given the handful of ingredients used to create them, that doesn't mean that you can't infuse some devilish gluttony to elevate their status — all you need is a high quality addition.

Everything's better with truffle

Given that deviled eggs are such a blank canvas, there are countless ways you can jazz them up, starting with revising your yolk mixture. Feel free to forgo the mayonnaise entirely and create heavenly textures by mixing yolks with ripe avocado, mascarpone, or even crème fraîche

Of course, if you really want to upgrade your deviled eggs and build complexity, reach for truffles. While they can have a high price point based on their scarcity, seasonality, and short shelf-life (via EHL Insights), budget-friendly products like infused-oils are a great compromise. 

Real Simple suggests adding a single tablespoon to your mashed yolks. Not only will it add an incredible aroma, but it'll give your filling an earthy flavor and an air of elegance. But don't stop there — garnish with bacon bits or caviar.

If you're not a fan of pungent delicacy, you can still maintain the theme of luxury by folding in anything from gorgonzola to shredded crab meat to your yolk mixture. Add wasabi to play with heat or mix in a handful of chopped herbs for freshness. If it's texture that you crave, crumbles of fried prosciutto can also do the trick.