Deviled eggs get a marvelous makeover in “D’Lish Deviled Eggs: A Collection of Recipes from Creative to Classic” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99, February 5, 2013) by Kathy Casey. With an egg for nearly every occasion, this modern cookbook is a charming guide for creating festive party plates any time of year.
“D’Lish Deviled Eggs” is an education in the art of the egg, as Casey offers instructions for preparing the perfect chicken, duck, or even quail egg. Delightful recipes and colorful photos of these savory (and sometimes sweet!) little treats showcase 50 recipes, ranging from classic deviled eggs to more exotic offerings and sophisticated twists on favorite appetizers, like California Roll Deviled Eggs. Try Casey’s recipe for Brunchy Deviled “Eggs Benedict” on a lazy Saturday, or Dirty Martini Deviled Eggs for an evening with friends. Casey even creates little devils with a sweet side—her French Toast Deviled Eggs brighten up any morning menu.
“D’Lish Deviled Eggs” encourages cooks to experiment with their taste buds,adding garnishes that suit specific friends’ preferences or a party’s atmosphere. Whatever the event—Easter or Mother’s Day brunch to New Year’s Eve—there’s a perfect deviled egg to go along with it. As Casey says, “Showing up at a party with a batch of deviled eggs will always get you invited back.”
About the Author
KATHY CASEY is a celebrated chef and pioneer in the bar-chef movement. A savvy spotter of what’s hot on the culinary and cocktail scene, Casey was named one of Food & Wine’s “hot new American chefs.” Casey is the author of 10 cookbooks, including the James Beard-nominated “Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table” and blogs at Dishing with Kathy Casey (dishingwithkathycasey.com). She lives in Seattle, Wash. For more d’lish details, visit kathycasey.com or follow @kathycaseychef on Twitter.
Review and Tasting by Kester C. Chau
Putting a twist on an old favorite couldn’t be easier or tastier with a little help from Kathy Casey. She definitely offers recipes for every holiday occasion. From a St. Patrick’s Day green goddess recipe to a Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pie egg. And she doesn’t disappoint with the party recipe ideas such as buffalo for game day and honey mustard for a kids’ event.
The hard part for many is boiling and peeling eggs quickly and easily. With Casey’s Hard Facts section, even a novice can succeed. She even gives advice on how to choose your eggs.
I loved this cookbook so much I was inspired to host a brunch for friends to try out some of Casey’s intriguing recipes. Of course, I paired them with some of my favorite spirits.
Her Bloody Mary deviled egg was an easy pairing with a Bloody Mary cocktail featuring Hangar One Kaffir Lime and Finest Call’s Extra Spicy Bloody Mary Mix.
I paired the wasabi (Japanese horseradish) deviled egg with an ODDKA Wasabi Vodka cocktail, Japanese Garden.
2 oz ODDKA Wasabi Vodka
1⁄2 oz St. Germain, Elderflower cordial
1⁄4 oz Ginger juice
1 oz Lemon juice
3⁄4 oz Simple syrup
1/6 bar spoon Wasabi paste
Garnish – Elderflower or lemon zest
Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker. Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with elderflower.
2 oz Lola Belle Cherry Rum
1 oz Chocolate liquor
1⁄2 oz Simple syrup
1⁄2 oz Crème de cacao
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry truffle. If desired, add a touch of milk or Irish cream for a creamier texture.
For dessert, I paired the pumpkin pie egg with a tasty cocktail recipe by Lola Belle Cherry Rum. I garnished it with a sweet mini rose from Dress the Drink’s Edible Flower Collection.
It was hard for the group to choose a clear favorite, but my personal choice was the pumpkin pie egg. It wasn’t too sweet, which was a great complement to the Perfección dessert cocktail.
The wasabi egg and Japanese Garden cocktail pairing was seamless. “I loved the tasty surprise of the Japanese Garden cocktail paired with the kick of a wasabi deviled egg – perfect balance,” commented Kelita Deeter (Territory Sales, National Distribution Company).
My guests also really enjoyed the Bloody Mary egg and cocktail. Hangar One Kaffir Lime gave a distinct and memorable flavor to the egg and cocktail recipes, and it paired wonderfully with the kick of Finest Call’s Extra Spicy Bloody Mary Mix.
“The pure versatility of the deviled egg was flaunted, ranging from complementary appetizers to delicious desserts,” noted Jonathan Mayo-Buttry (Motion Designer, Blue Sky Agency).