Easter breakfast with the family is tradition in our house. I just love experimenting and finding different things to do for the different seasons. Either with the decorations or the food. Or both 🙂
I love these happy little fellows as an idea for Easter. It’s a nice way to present the good old deviled egg with a cute twist.
It’s a bit fiddly, but soooo worth the effort, especially if you’ve got little ones at home! Although I have teenage kids and they still love them 🙂
Here’s how to tackle this Easter table conversation starter:
Here’s what ingredients you will need
- Eggs – the quantity for the ingredients below is for 12 eggs
- 1/2 cup Mayonaise
- Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- Every day seasoning or paprika to taste (optional)
- 1 carrot
- whole peppercorns
How to get the perfect Easter chicks
Start by hard boiling the eggs. I don’t know if you experience the same problem, but I get soooo frustrated when the egg shell keeps sticking to the egg, taking half of it with it when you’re trying to peel it.
You’ll see from the photo that some turned out better than others as I experimented with different ways of getting the perfect hard boiled egg.
I found that this was the way that worked best for me 🙂
The perfect hard-boiled egg
Add the eggs to a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. When the eggs start to boil (on a high heat), turn off the heat but leave the lid on and leave the pan on the hob. Leave the eggs in the hot water for exactly 13 minutes..
After 13 minutes transfer the eggs to an ice-bath, moving them straight from the hot water into the freezing cold water. Leave them there for 5 minutes.
Crack the shell of the egg all over and carefully peel the eggs. The shell and the membrane of the egg should now come away from the egg quite easily.
I hope that method works for you! If you’ve got a method that you use that is foolproof, please do share it with me as I’d love to know!
Making the deviled eggs
Once you’ve got the hard boiled eggs, slice off a thin slice of the bottom of the egg so that it can stand upright on a plate. The small slice that you’ve cut off you will no longer need so you can eat this. Go on, you know you want to! 😉
Next cut a slightly larger bit off the top of the egg. This will form the little chick’s hat so that will give you some idea as to how big this slice needs to be. Set the hats aside in a separate bowl until you need them.
Carefully take the yolks out of the eggs and put in a separate bowl. This will leave you with the hollow egg whites only.
Removing the yolks can be a bit hit and miss! Unfortunately not all yolks are perfectly sitting towards the top of the egg which is really inconsiderate I used a toothpick to carefully unpick some of the yolk until most of it had been taken out of the egg. It takes a bit of work, but you should be able to take most of the yolk out with the toothpick, or a very small teaspoon.
You should now be left with hollow egg whites, a bowl full of little “hats” and the egg yolk in a separate bowl. I ate the the slices of egg from the bottom so these are missing from the picture 🙂
Putting the whole thing together 🙂
Mash down the egg yolks to get rid of any lumps. I normally push them through a sieve into a bowl. Or put the egg yolks in a blender and add the ingredients to make a smooth mix.
Mix the mashed egg yolks with the mayonnaise, salt, pepper and paprika to taste. This should create a smooth mixture with a consistency you can put into a piping bag.
Fill the empty egg shells by piping the mixture into the hollows of the egg. Add on the little “hats” that you put to one side previously.
Thinly slice a carrot and cut one of the small slices into little triangles. These will form the beaks of the chicks. I find using a pair of tweezers helps with pushing the little beaks into place.
You’re nearly there! Use the tweezers to push the peppercorns into the mixture to form the eyes of the chicks.
Re-arrange the eggs on the plate until you are happy with the arrangement. There you have it – the perfect Easter egg chicks for your Easter table 🙂
Great job! Enjoy your cute Easter chicks 🙂