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They’re a special thing, deviled eggs, and while they seem like a treat that someone took the time to make, at the end of the day, they’re really very simple. I tend to think of them as composed egg salad, something I grew up eating a lot of. To give traditional deviled eggs even more flavor, I sprinkle the usually bland whites with spices, too. It’s as striking visually as it is taste-wise.
Labne in place of mayonnaise gives the filling a little tang. You’ll still get classic creaminess, as well as mustardy heat. Starting with whole mustard seeds offers a more complex taste than using pre-ground mustard powder.
Lior Lev Sercarz, from "Mastering Spice" by Lior Lev Sercarz
3⁄4 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds (4 grams)
1⁄2 teaspoon black peppercorns, preferably Tellicherry (2 grams)
1 teaspoon ajowan (1 gram)
1⁄2 teaspoon sweet paprika (1 gram)
1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger (1⁄2 gram)
5 large eggs
3 tablespoons labne or plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Finely grind the mustard seeds and peppercorns together and immediately mix with the ajowan, paprika, and ginger.
Put the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat and then remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.
Tilting the saucepan, pour out the hot water, holding back the eggs with a slotted spoon. Run cold water into the saucepan until it is cold. Cover the eggs with more cold water and let sit until the eggs are completely cold. Carefully peel the eggs and cut each in half lengthwise. To get clean cuts, use a very sharp knife and wipe the blade after each cut.
Pop out the yolks and place them in a medium bowl, and set the whites on a cutting board. Smash the yolks with a fork until crumbly and add the labne, oil, 11⁄4 teaspoons of the spice blend, and a pinch of salt. Mash and stir until smooth. Season to taste with salt.
Rub some of the remaining spice blend all over the cut sides and cavities of the egg whites to coat and set them cut-side up on a serving plate. Evenly divide the yolk mixture among the cavities and sprinkle with any remaining spice blend.