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Beet Dyed Pink Deviled Eggs

Beet Dyed Pink Deviled Eggs

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Once we became home-owners our weekends started to fill with projects.   There seem to be little projects in the middle of the big projects that need to be tended too, more often than not.  I cannot imagine the projects we would be dealing with if we had moved into a “fixer-up”.  We did manage to squeeze in some fun over the weekend and played with coloring eggs for the Easter weekend.  We didn’t want to use a chemical dye, so we opted to try out different vegetables as the dye.  Our favorite was these Beet Dyed Pink Deviled Eggs.

Dying Easter eggs was a highlight as a kid, and a dozen was never enough.  The older we got, the better we got at it, and more eggs would end up being hard-boiled in order to full-fill our artist desires.   When I started coloring eggs with MEM, I started thinking about the process more and more, especially when I would see dye seeping into slightly cracked eggs.  They say it is harmless;  but is it really?

The topic of dye turned into a discussion about how we both love deviled eggs.  Creamy.  Tart.  A little savory.  The playing began.  

While eggs were hard-boiling away on the stove, we worked on our “healthy” dye.  We took some beats, scrubbed them, chopped them, and put them into a pan of water that had been splashed with some white vinegar, then let it simmer on the stove for an hour, to extract all that gorgeous pink color.  

After our dye was cooled, we added our peeled hard-boiled eggs to the colorful bath and let them soak.  The result was gorgeous hot pink eggs.  It was such a fun process that we are thinking of trying other veggies as well, maybe different beet colors, spinach, or even carrots.  The deviled part was simple, yolks, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and cayenne pepper for some spice.

Recipe:  Beet Dyed Pink Eggs

Ingredients:

6 beets, washed and scrubbed
water
2 tablespoons white or cider vinegar

How To:

Chop the beets into pieces.

In a large saucepan add the beets, enough water to cover and 1 tablespoon of the white vinegar. Simmer over very low heat (a 2 on our stove) for 45 – 60 minutes; enough time to really extract the color.

Remove from the heat.

Let cool.

Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Use to dye your hard-boiled eggs.

 

Recipe:  Beet Dyed Pink Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

1 recipe of Beet Dye
8 perfectly hard-boiled eggs (we used 8 because our dish held 16 halves) recipe on Chez Us
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons mustard
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on the heat you like
Maldon salt
chives, garnish

How To:

Peel your perfectly hard-boiled eggs.

Using a paper towel, gently pat dry each egg.

Submerge into the beet dye. Let sit for up to an hour; depending on how dark you want the eggs to be.

Remove from the beet dye.

Pat dry with paper towels.

Cut the egg in half.

Scoop out the yolk into a mixing bowl.

Add all of the ingredients, except for the Maldon salt.

Mix well using a fork.

Fill each half of the egg with the creamy mixture.

Garnish with a little chive.

Serve.

Eat.

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RovingLunatic

Monday 7th of December 2015

It reminds me of putting hard boiled eggs in leftover pickled beet brine for a few days. I think that'd be a good combination - deviled quick-pickled beets.

As for the grey eggs, I'd wager that the beet colors oxidized. I'd try again with vinegar to see if the color stays longer. The acid might prevent the oxidation.

phyllis

Thursday 15th of January 2015

I tried it with beet powder they turned pick but the next day they were gray colored, are you familiar with using beet powder, should i have used vinegar with it. thanks

admin

Friday 23rd of January 2015

Hi Phyllis, we have never used beet powder, so I am not sure what to tell you. I know they didn't turn gray when fresh beets were used. Maybe something in the process of turning to powder. Hope you try it out again as it is a lovely recipe.

Joe Yonan

Monday 9th of April 2012

Stunning, truly stunning. Love that pink ring!

Nancie McDermott

Sunday 8th of April 2012

What a gorgeous idea. I've been making deviled eggs since I as a child, and never thought of how they could be more wonderful. You did! I'm eager to make these, and picnic season is just ahead. So glad I found your blog, thanks to Lets Lunch.

Vivian

Saturday 7th of April 2012

Love the idea of dying the peeled eggs. Going to make these with some beet root powder I've been meanIng to try. Thanks for the idea!