Deviled Dragon Eggs
Today is the season finale of Game of Thrones, and I can’t sit still. This season has been a roller coaster of elevated heart rate and high anxiety, and I lost my voice a few times from screaming at the TV. As great as the TV show is, I really wish the books came out quicker, since their storylines are so different now. Will the book ending and the show ending be the same? I may never know (which makes me sad).
When it’s time for a season premiere or season finale, I throw a watch party and have a bunch of friends over. Need to start and end the season with a bang, am I right? Since the show airs so late at night on a Sunday, I just have snacks for people to munch on. For my season 7 finale, I made these Deviled Dragon Eggs, for Daenerys’s three dragons (Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion).
I’m going to be honest, Daenerys is my least favorite character. Both show Dany and book Dany are just pretty awful. Most of my friends give me a hard time for the Dany hate. But I just think she’s the most annoying character, especially for most of season 7 with the persistent “bend the knee” nonsense. I find Daenerys impulsive, egotistical, and unbelievably naive. And Daenerys is a bad mom!! She locks up her babies in a dungeon in Mereen and doesn’t spend any time with them! Poor Rhaegal and Viserion.
On the flip side, Daenerys has fantastic style. That outfit she wore in Season 7 episode 6 was beautiful. I need that ensemble in my closet, please and thank you.
As much as I dislike Daenerys, her dragons are magnificent. Dragons worthy of magnificent deviled eggs, I might add. After my season premiere party, I saw a Buzzfeed listicle of recipes to make, and I was kicking myself that I didn’t think of doing anything on that list. So for the finale, I tried the dyeing technique, and look how cool they are!
The trick to marbling the eggs is cracking the shells after hard-boiling them, but keeping the shell semi-intact on the egg. It’s a tedious process, but the visual effect is worth the effort. Deviled eggs are a great party appetizer, too, since it’s so simple to make, and you can play with the ingredients, changing the flavor profile.
You can’t go wrong with the classic recipe, but these eggs are just like the dragons: bold and fiery. The bacon bits add a subtle crunch with smokiness, and, I mean—bacon makes everything better. The small diced jalapeño adds a brightness in color and flavor. The heat and spice add a pop to the egg mixture that matches the bacon smoke. The third special flavor is the splash of white vinegar that brings some acidity to counter the creamy ingredients of the egg mixture.
Let’s get cracking and devil up some dragon eggs.
Deviled Dragon Eggs
3 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped
1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Place the eggs in a pot, and add enough water so there’s about 1 inch of water above the eggs. On high heat, bring the water to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for 1 minute. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand, covered, for 14 minutes. Rinse the eggs under cold water for 1 minute to cool completely.
On a cutting board, gently tap the egg shells to create the cracks. Be careful not to crack too hard so that peel comes off. Put each egg in a Ziploc bag and add a few drops of food coloring. Massage the bag to distribute the food coloring, and let sit for half an hour. Run the eggs under cold water to remove excess food coloring, and peel.
Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, and remove the yolks. In a small bowl, mash the egg yolks with a fork. Mix in mayonnaise, bacon, jalapeño, mustard, white vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Using a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with a corner tip cut off, fill the egg white halves with the egg yolk mixture.
Sprinkle with paprika, and enjoy!
*If food coloring stains your hands, wash it off with Clorox or Windex (yep, that’s right . . . cleaning products will remove the stain). Just be sure to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and moisturize afterward.