How It All Began

It's hard to know exactly when the deviled egg was created, where it was created and who created it. However, it is known that the actual concept of the deviled egg began in Ancient Rome. Furthermore, "spicy stuffed shrimp" were known in 13th century Andalusia, and the official deviled egg name has been around since the 1700s. First showing up in print in England, the term "deviled" as it relates to food was actually first associated with meat, not eggs.

All kinds of egg dishes began to pop up in cookery texts shortly after the Ancient Greeks and Romans domesticated fowl. The first recipes for hard-boiled, stuffed eggs appeared in medieval European texts and included eggs with raisins, cheese and sweet spices. Even the deviled egg itself started as simply a boiled egg with spices on top!

According to cookbooks throughout history, the practice of boiling eggs, removing the yolks, adding savory spices (mustard, cayenne pepper) and refilling the eggs with the mixture became common in the late 16th century. By the 17th century, it was the norm.

This information comes from the Food Timeline Web site. To read more, please visit FoodTimeline.org.