This is my mother, Debbie Grout, and me.

The Original Maker

Every recipe has to originate from someone, and my classic deviled egg recipe just happens to come from my mother, Debbie Grout. Although I changed the recipe slightly to make it my own, my eggs are based on what my mom taught me growing up. Here's a little more information for you on how it all started.

Q&A with Debbie Grout

What's the specific recipe for your deviled eggs?
Boil eggs for about 15 minutes. Peel and then cut in half lengthwise and scoop out yolks. Mash them up and add mayonnaise or Miracle Whip (I don't measure it I just go by the texture). Sprinkle garlic salt and a little pepper to taste. I have tasted them with finely chopped onion which is good too, but I don't put that in them. Spoon egg mixture into eggs and sprinkle with paprika. You can put the egg mixture in an icing bag and squeeze into the eggs to make filling them easier.

How old were you when you started making these deviled eggs? Were you a little girl or was it something that began later on?
I didn't start making them until after I was married. I just went by my mom's recipe to start with and then added the garlic salt later.

What turned you onto deviled eggs? Why did you start making them in the first place?
I just liked deviled eggs and it was an easy thing to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any family get-together.

Garlic salt is a unique ingredient for deviled eggs. How did you come up with the idea to use it?
I put garlic salt in a lot of things, like chicken salad, so I thought why not try it in the deviled eggs? Everyone seemed to like it that way so I continued making them that way.

What's the largest number of deviled eggs you've ever made at one time?
The most eggs I have made at one time was about 48 (24 eggs) for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Have you ever considered making them for a profit or is it just something fun to do on the side?
I can honestly say that I have never thought of making deviled eggs for a profit. I don't know if I would call them fun to make either, but they are easy and I like things that are easy!