Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

If you follow me (and if you don’t, please do!) you know I posted about my Dozen Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot the other day. So now I’m making lots & lots of egg stuff. I love my Egg Salad and my Classic Deviled Eggs but needed a changeup, so I hatched up (ahem!)  the idea for these Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika.

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

about deviled eggs with bacon & smoked paprika

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika are just fun, fun, fun. Super easy, and the flavor is incredible. The paprika & bacon add a touch of smokiness, but any heat from the paprika is pretty much buried under the creamy egg.

Solution? Fortify that paprika with a good pinch of cayenne. Not to make them hot, but just to add a little interest, a back note of flavor. A little dimension so the flavors don’t fall flat.

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

good to know about deviled eggs with bacon & smoked paprika

If you haven’t used Smoked Paprika much, it’s marvelous but brands vary in flavor & intensity. The flavor can morph once it’s in a recipe. Start with a little, set it aside for a few then taste again. Then decide if you want more.

Any bacon will do, and after I made these I thought how much fun it would have been to make them with my Millionaire’s Bacon, but then, that’s not for everybody. Whooo-eee is it hot & spicy goodness! An easy way to cook bacon for this recipe is to dice it, put it in a cold pan with about 2 tablespoons of water. As it heats, the fat will render and you’ll have beautiful, crispy little bits of bacon.

For the smoothest filling with the least amount of effort, put your egg yolks in a sieve over a bowl and push them through with the back of a spoon. It takes a few seconds, but no longer than trying to mash them with a fork and the filling comes out so light and fluffy.

As far as the hard-boiled eggs? If you have an Instant Pot, try the Dozen Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot and if you don’t, check out my Easy Peel Steamed Eggs.

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

how to save time & money on deviled eggs with bacon & smoked paprika

If you’re making Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika or any Deviled Eggs for a party, it never hurts to cook and peel the eggs the day before, just in case there are peeling issues. The filling and the bacon can be made in advance, too, just hold off on filling the eggs until close to the party.

Piping the filling might seem fancy, but it is honestly the best way to fill those eggs quickly and neatly. A Ziploc with a cut corner can fill in for a piping bag.

Shop well for the eggs and bacon; you’ll likely find them on sale all throughout Lent (See Easter & Lent Leverage the Sales) especially closer to Easter. Stock up on both at the low. Bacon freezes well & doesn’t take up much room and eggs keep well for several weeks. Vinegar is usually at the low for the year right now, too.

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Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

These Deviled Eggs will be the hit of the party with the creamy filling and crunchy bacon and appealing smokiness.

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Total Time: 30 minutes plus refrigeration
  • Yield: 16 egg halves 1x
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Ingredients

  • 8 hard-boiled extra large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (maybe more)
  • 23 bacon strips, diced and cooked
  • 2 teaspoons white or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • good pinch of cayenne
  • salt to taste
  • green onion for garnish

Instructions

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; set whites aside.

Either push eggs through a sieve with the back of a spoon into a small bowl or in a small bowl, mash yolks. Add the mayonnaise, bacon, vinegar, smoked paprika, cayenne, and salt. Set aside for five minutes, then taste and adjustΒ any flavors.Β Spoon or pipe filling into reserved whites.

Refrigerate until serving and garnish with green onion.

Notes

The filling may be prepared and refrigerated, covered tightly, along with the empty egg halves, for a day.

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I’ll be posting these marvelous Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika at Fiesta Friday #217, hosted by Angie and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl. There are already a number of gorgeous posts & more will be added through the weekend! Have yourself a happy holiday!

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37 thoughts on “Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Smoked Paprika

  1. Whenever I try to make deviled eggs, I always end up making egg salad. Haha! These look amazing as always, Mollie. Thanks for sharing! x

  2. I think between you and Colleen @ Faith Love & Luck (something like that, it’s long πŸ˜„) we’ve got deviled eggs pretty much covered. You’re my two deviled egg goddesses! πŸ˜„

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Barbara, thanks! I had quite a few left and my son just finished them off last night. I was like “Wait! Save one for me!!” They were very tasty!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I use smoked paprika quite a lot, though I don’t know if there are many recipes on my blog that have it, now that I think about it. I love it! And it’s mild (most of them) .

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks much! I love my Classic Deviled Eggs, so it took an abundance of eggs to make something different! πŸ™‚

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I LOVE eggs and curry together! I put curry in my egg salad pretty often. Although until this last week I haven’t had egg salad in ages! πŸ™‚

  3. I absolutely love smoked paprika! But you are right, it can be overpowering. The brand I have is super strong and just takes a pinch. My daughter might come home from college on Friday, it would be fun to color boiled eggs with her. (And then make these!)

    • FrugalHausfrau

      The very first Smoked Paprika I had was imported from Spain (still have some actually) that I picked up in Atlanta – they have a huge indoor market there that’s AMAZING! I came home with 1/2 a suitcase full of herbs and spices…

      But anyway it was SO strong! I ruined two dishes with it. Then I learned!! I bet yours is similar or maybe the same. I’m too lazy to go look at the tin.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I forgot to say, I bet you & your daughter would have a lot of fun dying eggs! πŸ™‚ Traditions, right!

  4. Molly, those look soooooo delicious! I love any kind of devilled egg but you’ve taken it to a whole other level. And have a wonderful Easter!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks much! Funny, I just redid the asparagus and took new pictures, too. It was a lot more “assertive” than I remembered! I’m going to note that in the recipe. I still love it, though!

  5. Such a striking look to these deviled eggs with bacon, and I know the smoked paprika had to have been the icing on the egg πŸ™‚ Happy Easter Mollie πŸ™‚

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks Loretta! Bacon icing is now in my mind. Naaah, not going there, lol!! Though I did have some bacon fudge at a local brewpub. A novelty but I’m not hankering for it again.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks so much. Deviled Eggs are kind of a tradition around our Easter because the kids always love to dye hard boiled eggs.

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