Delicious reasons why deviled eggs should be part of your summer gathering

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The warm nights and leisurely days are filled with reasons to bring people together around a table. As nostalgia food trends continue to be part of the food conversation, grandma’s classic dishes are having another moment. It is time to rediscover why deviled eggs deserve prime plate space at that summer gathering.

Eggs and breakfast are always a popular choice. Scrambled, fried, poached or however the cook fancies, cracking that yolk is not limited to the first meal of the day.

Although a popular choice to use up the leftover eggs from Easter, deviled eggs make for a terrific appetizer or side dish for a summer gathering. Since eggs can be the building block of flavor, it is an easy way to bring some creativity and nutritional boost to the table.

During a recent conversation with Amber Gardner, who has been working with the American Egg Board, she mentioned that deviled eggs are one of her go-to recipes. Not only because of the plethora of flavor combinations but also for the nutritional benefits that eggs offer.

For people looking for a heart-healthy, balanced diet, eggs offer a variety of nutritional components. From a viable protein source to being rich in choline, there are plenty of reasons to crack another egg or two.

The American Egg Board shared that the American Heart Associate says that healthy people can have an average of seven eggs per week as part of a heart-healthy diet. While no one should consumer all those eggs in one serving, a plate of deviled eggs at the summer gathering can be an easy addition to add some balanced to all the barbecue, snacks, and other food items on the table.

When thinking about the deviled eggs, it allows the cooks to put creativity front and center. Sure, everyone has added bacon, a dash of hot sauce, or even a little pickle juice, but it can be more than those options.

For example, adding texture to that recipe is very easy. From chopped jalapenos for spice to corn for sweetness, it can be the added element which will set one variety apart from another. The key to this concept is to keep everything in balance. It should not be a heaping spoonful of corn with minimal egg.

In addition to the texture, the egg filling can be another way to boost the nutritional aspect to the dish. For example, instead of a heaping scoop of mayonnaise consider using avocado. The texture can be creamier and the color is vibrant.

While flavor is essential, it is often the visual that makes people grab an egg off the plate. Contrasting colors are important. Although grandma might have used a dash of paprika, today’s dish is more daring. It is one of the reasons why that bacon toppings enticed so many people to enjoy that bite.

From a simple dollop of salsa to a carefully diced piece of chive, the topping is essential. Plus, it is a glimpse into the overall flavor experience that a person is about to experience.

For a summer gathering, those deviled eggs can complement a smoky barbecue rib or balance those spicy shrimp tacos. No matter all the other foods, it is the side dish or appetizer that can go with almost everything on the menu