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Deviled eggs. They were always a major hit at our family gatherings. They of course were never the star of the food buffet but were always devoured within minutes. Grandma was the one who conducted the list of dishes needed for the major holiday gatherings. It was like a ladder to climb. On the bottom rung, you brought the soda pop or chips. This step was geared towards the younger ones in the family who didn’t have much cooking experience.
It took years to climb the food ladder. Everyone had their “specialty” dish that they brought year after year. Grandma was known for her Swedish meatballs, Mom was an automatic shoe-in for bringing potato salad and baked beans, Aunt Linda was in charge of the veggie tray and deviled eggs, Aunt Nancy brought the buns, Uncle Billy always supplied a smoked ham and darn-it… I got stuck on the ladder rung of chips. Year after year, function after function… chips. At least there are hundreds of different flavors so I was at least able to mix it up. lol
Thank goodness my younger cousins were coming of an age to start the climb on the food ladder. This should have automatically bumped me up a rung or two… but it didn’t. Back then, I had a bit of a bad reputation with my cooking (Dad said I could burn water). Finally, when I hit my thirties, I was nudged up a rung… I was so excited!! I was asked to make the deviled eggs! Whoooo-hoooo! The family trusts me with the deviled eggs!!!! I was floating on a cloud. I later found out that my Aunt Linda was going to be out-of-town and that is how I “earned” my promotion. Awe… fiddle sticks. Oh, well! I wasn’t going to blow this chance.
I bet your egg-specting some disaster story about how my eggs turned out with that sort of introduction… but no, there is a happy ending … they turned out great. :) So for those of you who are lingering on the bottom rung of the ladder on chip duty… stay strong, for soon. one day you too may get asked to bring the deviled eggs and when you do, give this recipe a try, it just might guarantee you a permanent promotion. :)
The “egg” filling makes up 2 cups worth. I don’t have a set amount of how many Delived Tomatoes that this recipe will make because it will depend on the size of tomatoes that you use. Keep in mind that you don’t want them to be too large. Just about the size that yields 1-2 bites.