These Halloween deviled eggs will add a whimsical touch to your table with their jack-o’-lantern faces! Dye the yolk with a few drops of orange food coloring to make the pumpkin-colored filling, or use eggs with naturally orange yolks laid by marigold-eating hens.
Fun Halloween Appetizer
Turn everyday food, such as deviled eggs, into fun appetizers for special occasions. It is easy enough that your little ones can help decorate jack-o’-lantern faces! Or use your creativity to design other Halloween scenes, such as bats flying across a big yellow moon.
Make Jack-O’-Lanterns or Orange Pumpkins
These Halloween eggs can wear a jack-o’-lantern face or become plain orange pumpkins. Use black olives for facial features and a piece of green onion for stems. If making pumpkins instead of jack-o’-lanterns, use green onion stems only, and then use a butter knife to score vertical lines in the filling to look like pumpkin lines.
Using Black Olives for Halloween Deviled Eggs
Buy canned whole black olives for cutting out facial decorations. Start by cutting an olive in half lengthwise. Use a small straw to punch out round eyes. For oval-shaped eyes, squeeze the straw to elongate it and then punch out oval eyes. Plastic straws work better than paper straws when punching out circles because they will keep their shape. An alternative to using black olives is to use black nori seaweed sheets to cut out facial features. You can buy nori online or find it in the international aisle (usually with Japanese products) of larger grocery stores.
Use a Knife and Scissors to Cut Shapes for Halloween Deviled Eggs
Use a sharp knife to cut out triangle eyes, noses, and mouth shapes. You can also use small scissors to cut shapes. Remember that the faces do not have to be perfect for a pleasing Halloween look.
How to Prepare the Eggs
Cook the Eggs
The hardest thing about making these appetizers is to remove the shells from boiled eggs without damaging the egg whites. Some sources suggest that fresh eggs are to blame and only use older eggs. However, I have had trouble with both! The best way I found to cook eggs and easily remove the outer shells is to pressure cook them for 5 minutes in an Instant Pot.
Tips to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier to Peel
|If you cook eggs on the stovetop instead of in an Instant Pot, here are some tips that might make them easier to peel:|
|Use eggs that are at least 1-2 weeks old. Older eggs are easier to peel because their inside air cell increases when the egg gets older. The egg shrinks as the air cell enlarges, thus causing the egg to pull away from the shell.|
|Put 1/2-1 teaspoon of baking soda in the water before cooking to increase the eggs’ alkaline pH. Fresh egg whites stick to the outer shells because of their acidic pH. Baking soda helps reduce acidity.|
|Place a boiled egg into a glass with water. Place your hand or a small plate over the glass. Shake the glass hard until there are tiny cracks all over it. Then, gently peel away the shell.|
|Cool hard-boiled eggs in ice water. The cold water will stop them from cooking and help the eggs to contract from the membrane, thus making them easier to peel.|
Use a Spoon to Peel Halloween Deviled Eggs
Tap an egg onto a solid surface, rotating it until the shell is finely broken. Then, peel it away from the egg. If you find it difficult to peel, slip the tip of a spoon under a piece of broken shell and wiggle it until the peel releases. This method will help protect the egg white as you remove the outer shell.
Making the Filling for Halloween Deviled Eggs
Use an immersion blender to make a creamy egg yolk filling. Add all the ingredients to a container with a flat bottom and then blend with the immersion blender for a few seconds until smooth. If you mix by hand, use a fork to break apart the yolks before you mix in the other ingredients, or press the yolk through a fine-mesh wire strainer (or sieve) to break it apart. Then, stir until smooth and creamy.
Use Orange Gel Coloring to Tint the Filling
The easiest way to tint the filling for Halloween deviled eggs is to use orange gel food coloring. It doesn’t take much to achieve an orange color since the egg yolks are already yellow. If you want yellow-orange pumpkins, use a small amount of coloring, and for darker oranges, add more. Also, some egg yolks are naturally orange because of what the hen eats. When hens are fed marigold petals or feed with pigments called xanthophylls, their eggs can have orange yolks.
How to Add the Filling to the Egg Whites
Prepare the egg whites for the filling by carefully cutting the eggs in half lengthwise. Gently remove the yolks and place them into a bowl. Then, mix the filling with the recipe ingredients and add gel coloring (if using it).
Once the filling is prepared, fill an egg white to overflowing. Then, use the back of a spoon or tap it with your finger to smooth the filling into a pumpkin shape, making it smooth and flat. The appearance of the egg-white cavities will vary, giving you round, tall, and oval shapes for making pumpkins. Once the filling is shaped and flattened, clean any overflow filling off the rest of the whites with a knife so they are clean. Then, add the green onion stem and face decorations.
Other Halloween Recipes You Might Like
Click on each name to link to the recipe.
- Charming and Easy Cupcakes
- Spooky Eye Pies
- Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps
- Candy Corn Fruit Cup
- White Shivers Cocktail (and Mocktail)
- Cookies and Cream Spiderweb Bark
- Candy Corn Cupcakes
- Spinach Pear Salad (with cheese ghosts)
How to Make Halloween Deviled Eggs
- Instant Pot
- immersion blender
- 9 large eggs
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1/16 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- orange gel food coloring
- 16 -ounce can whole black olives
- Cook the eggs in an Instant Pot for 5 minutes, depressurize for 5 minutes, and then rest them in ice water for 5 minutes. (See the note below for stovetop cooking.)
- Peel the eggs. (See the tips in Notes for easier peeling.) Remove the yolks from the egg whites, keeping the whites intact. Set the whites aside for later. Put the yolks in a flat-bottomed bowl for blending. Add 1/3 cup mayonnaise, salt, Dijon mustard, and vinegar.
- Blend with the immersion blender until creamy and smooth. Add additional mayonnaise, up to 1/2 cup total, if the mixture is not as creamy as desired. (If you do not have an immersion blender, press the yolks through a fine, wire-mesh strainer to break them apart. Then add the other ingredients and blend them with a fork or spoon until creamy.)
- Tint the yolk mixture with orange gel food coloring until it reaches the desired color.
- Place the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Pat it to make a smooth surface and then clean any excess off with a knife.
- Cut several olives in half. Then cut facial features including eyes, noses, and mouths. Use these tips for cutting facial features: 1. Use a plastic straw to cut out round eyes. 2. Squeeze the tip of the other end of the straw to make it oval and use it to cut out oval eyes. 3. Make triangle eyes with a knife. 4. Cut mouth shapes with a knife.
- Place the black olive shapes onto the deviled eggs to create jack-o'-lantern faces.
- Store the eggs in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Stovetop Cooking Method
Use Artificial Food Coloring for YolksUse an orange gel food coloring to color the yolk mixture. You can make your own by adding to the yolks a couple of drops of yellow gel coloring with a drop of red. Continue adding drops of either color until the desired shade of orange is created.
Use Naturally Orange YolksAlso, some egg yolks are naturally orange because of what the hen eats. When hens are fed marigold petals or feed with pigments called xanthophylls, their eggs can have orange yolks. However, unless advertised, there is no way to know if the yolks are orange without breaking open an egg. I have found blue eggs at Costco that have orange yolks. Also, free-range hens eat more carotenoids than caged hens and can sometimes have orange yolks.
How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier to PeelIf you cook eggs on the stovetop instead of in an Instant Pot, here are some tips that might make them easier to peel.
- Use eggs that are at least 1-2 weeks old. Older eggs are easier to peel because their inside air cell increases when the egg gets older. The egg shrinks as the air cell enlarges, thus causing the egg to pull away from the shell.
- Put 1/2-1 teaspoon of baking soda in the water before cooking to increase the eggs’ alkaline pH. Fresh egg whites stick to the outer shells because of their acidic pH. Baking soda helps reduce acidity.
- Place a boiled egg into a glass with water. Place your hand or a small plate over the glass. Shake the glass hard until there are tiny cracks all over it. Then gently peel away the shell.
- Cool hard-boiled eggs in ice water. The cold water will stop them from cooking and help the eggs to contract from the membrane, thus making them easier to peel.