Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Unbelievable Umami Deviled Eggs #fantasticalfoodfight

Welcome to a new online blogging event: the Fantastical Food Fight coordinated by Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. For more information about the event, click here.

This month, we were given the challenge of making our very best deviled eggs. Okay...we love deviled eggs.

I've made Herbed Deviled Eggs, Bacon & Bleu Deviled Eggs, Sweet Basil Deviled Eggs, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs; I've even Deviled Duck Eggs. I thought about trying something with quail eggs, but have you seen those tiny things?!? I have a hard enough time peeling chicken eggs nicely. I considered marbling my eggs before deviling them. They look really cool that way. See?

But, as I am coordinating a funddrive for school this week, I had to set aside aesthetics and go strictly for flavor for this event. And - boy, oh boy! - do these have flavor.

They start with the standard base of egg yolks and mayonnaise. To that, I added red miso paste and a smidge of sesame oil. I stuffed that all back into the egg white and topped it with black sesame seeds and pickled red onions. The name comes from my Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf's declaration when he bit into it: "This has unbelievable umami, Mommy!" Phew...I hate creating recipe names. So, that stuck.

umami / u·ma·mi / o͞oˈmämē/ (noun) a category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates

The Precise Kitchen Elf and my Love thought it needed more salt. I let them sprinkle more on to their tastes.

Ingredients serves 6
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 T organic mayonnaise
  • 1 T red miso (white or yellow miso will have a more mild flavor)
  • 1 t mustard (I had a wasabi mustard)
  • 1/4 t toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 t rice wine vinegar
  • black sesame seeds for garnish
  • pickled red onions for garnish  (here's one of my versions)
  • freshly ground salt, to taste

Hardboil your eggs. Cover eggs completely with cold water by 1 to 2" in a heavy saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer eggs, covered with a lid for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let stand - covered - 15 minutes. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice to stop cooking. Let stand 5 minutes.

Peel eggs and halve. I typically halve them lengthwise, but did it widthwise this time. Note: when you slice them widthwise, to maximize fill space, you're really only chopping off the top...and if you need 6, you need to cook 6.

Remove yolks as carefully as you can and mash in a bowl with a fork. Add mayonnaise, miso, mustard, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar. Stir with fork until smooth. 

Fill egg whites with deviled egg mixture and garnish with black sesame seeds and pickled onions. Serve immediately.

These disappeared immediately from the wooden rack.


  1. Um, yes please! That combo sounds great!

  2. I have never used nor, to my knowledge, eaten miso paste but I have seen quite a few recipes lately that call for it. Time to expand my horizons. You seem to bring that out in me, Cam.

  3. Oh, yum! I have never been a huge deviled egg fan, I guess because I never even thought about changing them up from the ordinary. Wow - so many possibilities!

    I hate creating recipe names, too.

  4. These sound amazing! And so creative!

  5. Umami mommy! That is a phrase I'd want to copyright! These sound delicious, and will go on my "must make" list.

  6. These look and sound unbelievable - what a great name!