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09/19/2014 04:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Is How You Do Deviled Eggs

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National Cooking | Scott Hocker

Commence boiling the water.

As far as we're concerned, no outdoor party is complete without a platter loaded with deviled eggs.

First, you need perfectly cooked eggs. For the ideal hard-boiled egg, use this foolproof technique.

Then, get to deviling.

STEP ONE: Make the Classic

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Pop the yolks out of 24 egg halves (from 1 dozen hard-boiled eggs). Use a fork to mash the yolks until fine, then stir in ⅓ cup of mayonnaise, ¼ cup of crème fraîche, 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard. Scoop the filling into the egg-white halves. Sprinkle with sweet paprika. Serve.

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STEP TWO: Take Your Deviled Eggs on a Trip Around the World

The traditional deviled egg is unimpeachable. But even the classics need a fresh jolt on occasion. So we came up with four international ways to flavor the standard deviled-egg filling. Simply add the ingredients from one of the variations below.

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• Add ¼ cup chopped lox
• Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped dill
• Garnish the filled eggs with capers

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• Add ¼ cup chopped cornichons
• Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon
• Add 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallot
• Garnish the filled eggs with fresh tarragon leaves

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• Add ½ pound chopped and browned kielbasa
• Add ¾ cup chopped sauerkraut
• Garnish the filled eggs with a parsley leaf

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• Add ⅓ cup chopped cabbage kimchi
• Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
• Garnish the filled eggs with roasted, salted peanuts

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