Deviled Egg Footballs make a fun game day snack perfect for a tailgating or homegating party. Your party guests may just cheer when you serve them these bacon-topped deviled eggs.
This post is sponsored by the Ohio Poultry Association. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Deviled eggs are always a huge hit when served at a party and these Deviled Egg Footballs are sure to please any crowd at a tailgating or homegating event. Each protein-rich perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg is stuffed with a creamy filling of egg yolks, mayo (Miracle Whip, in this case), mustard, sweet pickle juice, and a pinch of salt and is topped with lots of crumbled bacon. What's not to love?
If you are planning to host guests to watch a football game you've got to give these appetizers a try. They only take a little more time to make than traditional deviled eggs but will look so cool on your game-day food table.
All you have to do to create these fun game day appetizers is make a batch of perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs (see directions below) then stuff them with a traditional deviled egg filling and sprinkle bacon over top. Then make the deviled eggs look like footballs by piping on some mayonnaise laces. Easy!
Watch the video to see how you can make these Deviled Egg Footballs for your hungry game-day crowd.
Deviled eggs are such a popular appetizer to serve at parties because they are easy to make and taste great. I think we usually forget about the fact that eggs are an all-natural, high-quality protein powerhouse.
I learned so much about the benefits of including eggs in our diet at at even hosted by the Ohio Poultry Association.
Facts about eggs that will make you want to eat more:
- Large eggs contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 8 grams of high-quality protein, and only 70 calories, so they are a great addition to any diet.
- Eggs eaten at breakfast may help you eat less throughout the day.
- Eggs contain Choline and Lutein, two important nutrients for brain health. Eating eggs can improve cognitive performance.
- Nearly half of the egg’s protein is in the yolk. So you can feel good about eating the yolks. Yay!!!
- Ohio is one of the top egg-farming states in the nation, producing more than 9.5 billion eggs each year, so there’s a good chance your eggs are from an Ohio egg farm!
Now that you know why eggs are so good for you, let's have some fun with them.
How to make Deviled Egg Footballs
Start by making perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel, hard-boiled eggs.
- To do this you want to steam your eggs.
- Fill a large pot with about an inch of water and bring it to a boil.
- Meanwhile, arrange your eggs in a steamer basket.
- A steamer basket, which costs just a little over 10 bucks, is an amazing investment. I can't tell you how many times I struggled to peel my hard-boiled eggs until I began steaming them.
- The process of steaming the eggs helps to separate the shell from the egg making peeling a breeze. Seriously, if you watched the video above you saw just how easy your hard-boiled eggs can be to peel if you steam the eggs.
- Set the steamer basket down into the pan and put on a tight-fitting lid.
- Let the eggs cook for 12-13 minutes.
- Remove the pan lid and, using oven mitts, remove the very hot steamer basket using the handle.
- Carefully set the basket on a kitchen towel or in your sink.
- Use tongs to remove the eggs and set them in a bowl filled with ice water.
- This will shock the eggs, helping them to cool more quickly, and also helping to ensure the shell and egg white have entirely separated.
- Let the eggs hang out in the chilly bath for about 20 minutes until they are completely cooled.
- Then peel them. This is the fun part!
How to easily peel steamed hard-boiled eggs:
- Place one egg in a small airtight container filled with about ½ inch of cold water.
- Shake until you see the shell starting to fall off the egg.
- Open the container and remove the egg.
- The eggshell should peel right off the egg if it hasn't already just fallen off on its own.
- Remove the shell and give the egg a quick rinse under cold water to ensure you don't have any tiny shell fragments still attached.
- Your eggs should be completely cooled and ready to fill.
How to fill your deviled egg footballs:
- Cut each egg in half lengthwise so they are football-shaped.
- Carefully remove the yolk from each half.
- Crumble the yolks into a small bowl.
- Add your favorite deviled egg ingredients. I used Miracle Whip, mustard, sweet pickle juice, and salt. If you like vinegar in yours use that in place of the pickle juice. Add some pepper or paprika if you want to spice them up a bit.
- Stir until creamy.
- Fill the eggs spreading the filling over most of the egg white, leaving about ⅛th of an inch border all around the egg.
- Sprinkle on crumbled bacon to make the eggs look like brown footballs.
- Spoon some mayo or Miracle Whip (whichever you are using) into a small zip-top bag.
- Snip the tip off and pipe a line down the middle of the egg.
- Pipe 3 or 4 laces going across that line.
- Your eggs are all dressed up and ready for your party.
You might be wondering...
How far in advance can these be made?
- You can make the eggs a day or so in advance and keep them covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Just note that the bacon will get lighter as it sits in the refrigerator. I'm not exactly sure why the bacon loses some of its color, but mine did. We actually ate them over the course of 4 days. They still tasted great on day 4.
- You could fill the eggs with the egg yolk filling beforehand, then sprinkle on the bacon and add the mayonnaise laces just before your party. That way your football-deviled eggs will have good color.
What else can be added to these eggs?
- shredded cheese
- black pepper
- seeded and chopped tomatoes
Creamy egg-yolk filled deviled eggs topped with crumbled bacon are decorated with mayonnaise laces to look like footballs. They make a fun game day snack.
- 6 large hard-boiled eggs
- ⅓ cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise, plus 1 more tablespoon for decoration
- ½ teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon sweet pickle juice
- 1 pinch table salt
- 5 slices bacon, finely chopped
Cut hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise.
Remove the yolks and crumble them into a bowl.
Add ⅓ cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise, mustard, pickle juice, and salt, and stir until smooth and creamy.
Equally divide the filling among the 12 egg halves, spreading the filling in an even layer over top of the egg, leaving about ⅛ of an inch border around the outer edge of the egg.
Sprinkle bacon over top and use your fingers to press the bacon into a football shape.
Spoon the remaining 1 tablespoon of Miracle Whip or mayo into a small zip-top bag. Snip off the tip leaving a small opening.
Pipe a straight line of mayo down the center, going lengthwise, of each egg.
Add 3-4 short lines of mayo going across the long line to create the football laces.
Serve and enjoy!
See the tutorial at Hungry Happenings for detailed instructions on making perfectly cooked easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs. (https://hungryhappenings.com/deviled-egg-footballs/)
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