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Author Notes: These eggs have a blend of bright green basil and lemon zest with just a touch of Dijon for a springy, flavorful take on the sometimes ho-hum classic. —TheThinChef
Serves 12 deviled eggs
tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
cup chopped fresh basil
teaspoon Dijon mustard
Flake sea salt, for garnish
- Place eggs in a large saucepan and fill with cold water until the eggs are covered by about 2 inches. Cover, and place over high heat. When water boils, turn off the heat. Remove pan from hot burner (if you have an electric cooktop). Set a kitchen timer (or watch the clock) for 14 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. After the eggs are cooked, carefully transfer them from the hot water to the ice water. Let eggs cool.
- When cool, lightly tap eggs on the countertop to crack shells, and peel. Cut eggs in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Gently pop the yolks out of each white half, placing yolks into bowls and setting whites aside. Discard 1 whole white. Place whites on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.
- Place yolks, mayo, basil, Dijon, and lemon zest into a mini food processor. Process until basil is finely chopped and mixture is smooth and creamy. (Alternately, finely chop the basil and mash everything with a fork until smooth.) Place filling in a medium bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- To serve, spoon filling into the white halves. To be fancier, spoon filling into a plastic zip-top bag, then cut a hole in one corner. Use it as you would a piping bag and pipe the filling into the whites. Sprinkle tops with big flakey salt. Serve cold or at room temperature.