Dyed Deviled Eggs for the Fourth of July

Red, white, and blue deviled eggs for the Fourth of July

So how was your Fourth of July weekend?  I always love when a holiday falls on a Friday or Monday and you can get that nice three day weekend.  (For those of you who had to work over the holiday, I apologize!)

My mom and I went to a family get-together at my uncle and aunt's house.  I enjoy spending time with my dad's side of the family, but it doesn't happen very often.  They are a lively group with lots of laughing and good stories.  All in all, it was a nice way to spend the holiday.  

I thought I'd share with you today one of the things that we took to the party.  I've said before that I like taking that extra little step to make things special and memorable.....even if it is purely for my enjoyment.  Rather than make the normal white deviled eggs, I decided to dye them red, white, and blue to stick with the theme of the day.  Don't they look fun and festive?

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And while you might be saying, "This is something I'll have to remember for next year," I think it is an idea that has so many possibilities outside of the Fourth of July.  A tray full of red, yellow, and orange deviled eggs would be beautiful for a fall party.  Or coordinate them with the colors of your wedding for a bridal shower.  This is an idea that you can use year round.

The eggs are dyed after they have been hard boiled and the shells removed.  You'll need a separate mug or glass filled two thirds of the way with water for each color you want to make.  Add 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar and your food coloring to the water.  I used paste food coloring because it is what I had on hand, but you can also use the liquid form.  Add your eggs and let them sit for a few minutes.

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The longer you leave the eggs in the dye, the darker they will get.  I will caution you, however, that you'll need to dye them a little darker than you actually want them.  As they sit, the color will be absorbed into the egg and will fade slightly.  (I found this out when I woke up to find eggs that were a little more pink than red the next day.  Oh well....lesson learned!)

You are welcome to use your own recipe for the deviled egg filling, but here is the recipe my mom uses just in case you need it....

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(Makes one dozen)

Six eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard
3 teaspoons mayonnaise

Hard boil six eggs.  Peel the shells off and cut the eggs in half.  

Scoop out the yolks into a bowl and mix in salt, pepper, mustard, and mayonnaise.  You may want to add more mayonnaise if the mixture doesn't seem moist enough.  

Refill the egg whites with the mixture.  Sprinkle on a little paprika over the tops and you're done!  Aren't they easy?

Do you want a memorable dish to take to a Fourth of July party?  Why not make these Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs!  www.andersonandgrant.com

Unless your deviled eggs have an out of this world taste, no one will probably remember them by the time the next party comes around.  But who can forget eggs that were dyed red, white, and blue?!?!  
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