Night of the living egg

Night of the Living Egg!

Also known as, who has the best deviled eggs?

Game Night 03-25-15:

Contenders:

  • Reigning Champion Sarah Hodges
  • Challenger Tara Nudi

Judges:

  • Erin Nudi (me)
  • Ryan Nudi
  • Melissa Severson
  • Peggy Hodges
Above: Judge Melissa Severson takes pen to paper with the scoring sheet.

Judged on:

  • Presentation: 20%
  • Mouthfeel: 10%
  • Freshness of Ingredients: 10%
  • Egg to Filling Ratio: 10%
  • Overall Flavor: 50%

For the last Game Night Food Competition, the Presentation category held less rank. But, some pointed out that even the best of eggs really need to look appealing, or the whole experience could be ruined.

Sarah’s Deviled Eggs:

Sarah’s deviled eggs had an awesome presentation and mouthfeel. The red pepper “horns” speak to The Night of the Living Egg theme; the combination of crunchy peppers, soft-but-solid bleu cheese, and creamy filling all yielded to a fun and yummy texture explosion in the mouth. Admittedly, the bleu cheese was a little strong and could have been scaled back a tad.

Tara’s Deviled Eggs:

Tara’s deviled eggs were much more traditional, and very tastefully presented. While Sarah’s I would serve at a casual party, alongside pizza and beer, with music blaring, Tara’s I would serve at a work luncheon or a family picnic, with cucumber sandwiches and pasta salad.

Ryan asked of us fellow judges, if we were to eat only one choice for the rest of the night – no other food for dinner – which would we choose? Melissa responded that while she really enjoyed (what turned out to be) Sarah’s deviled eggs, the spiciness would have prevented her from making an entire meal out of it.

Of course, deviled eggs are normally meant to only be an appetizer; it just so happened our entire meal this night was made up of appetizers.

Although there were many things I liked about Sarah’s – the excellent mouthfeel, the fun horns, the spiciness (unlike Melissa, I love having my mouth on fire) – it always comes down to what I actually end up reaching for more of. And that was Tara’s.

Final Score out of 200 Points:

  • Sarah’s Deviled Eggs: 174
  • Tara’s Deviled Eggs: 181
Above: Don’t be fooled. Sarah may be wearing the tiara, but Tara took home the gold.

The Recipes Used:

Sarah completely made up her own recipe, the little devil. Here it is:

  • 2/3 cup whipped chive cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • yolks of 1 dozen hard boiled eggs
  • whites of 22 hard boiled eggs
  • crumbled bleu cheese
  • red pepper “horns”
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Combine cream cheese and hot sauce until smooth; mix in yolks until desired consistency. Fill 22 hard boiled egg white halves with cream cheese filling and top with bleu cheese crumbles and red peppers; sprinkle with cayenne pepper.

Tara’s deviled egg recipe comes from JoyTheBaker.com, with the following alterations:

  • 3 tbsp whole grain brown mustard 
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • Skipped radish garnish and paprika
  • Added chives
  • Added 2 to 3 oz softened cream cheese

I do wish she had included the radishes, but probably not everyone would agree.

And, bonus tip! Tara’s egg boiling/egg peeling method here

What was interesting about this food competition was that one person went with a really classic, tried-but-true approach, and the other one really branched out and went for something different.

I still haven’t decided yet if I’m going traditional or not for the next Game Night! Because…

Up Next Game Night: Challenger Erin Nudi goes up against Reigning Champion Tara Nudi for the best macaroni and cheese.

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