Estonian Deviled Eggs

How to stuff deviled eggs Estonian-style with mashed egg yolks plus a secret ingredient that makes for an ultra-smooth, ultra-creamy filling: a touch of soft butter.

Estonian Deviled Eggs ♥, ultra-smooth and ultra-creamy with a buttery filling.

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Cruising the Baltic Circa 2014

On My Mind ♥, visiting Estonia during an especially interesting time

Twas a fascinating time, during 2014 and the Russia-Ukraine crisis, to visit cities along the Baltic Sea, especially in Finland and Estonia which not only share a border with Russia but also a history of Russian occupation.

We were just curious tourists exploring new places but the sense of tension, the endless discussion, the constant concern, permeated our time there.

A little geography, a little not-so-distant history.

The two countries' capital cities of Helsinki and Tallinn are only 50 miles apart, separated by the cold waters of the Gulf of Finland. For Americans and Cubans, it's not unlike the separation and affinity between Miami and Havana, say.

In the times following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Finland became independent in 1918 and Estonia in 1918 - 1920. But Estonia's independence was short-lived.

During World War II, Estonia lost a full quarter of its people: the country was invaded by the Russians, the Germans and then the Russians again. This time the Russians stayed: Estonia, along with its neighbors to the west, Latvia and Lithuania, became the "Baltic States" of the Soviet Union.

Slow-forward fifty years. As the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 – only twenty-three years ago, just a single generation ago – Estonia's independence was restored.

The country's determined return to independence is movingly recounted in the documentary "The Singing Revolution": yes, music was central to Estonia's remarkable fight, in fact, some will say that Estonians sang themselves free from the Soviet occupation.

This next week, about the time when Canadians celebrate Canada Day on July 1 and Americans mark our own Independence Day on July 4, Estonians will gather to sing together in an open-air song festival. Imagine multiple choirs singing at once, up to 18,000 voices!

For many of us, World War II was a long time ago, an almost ancient history. But in Finland and Estonia, the effects of World War II remain writ large on the psyche of the people and every-day life and commerce.

Today Finland and Estonia are both thoroughly modern and thriving countries with diverse economies; both are members of the European Union, Estonia is also protected by NATO. But during our trip earlier this month, we had many conversations with friends and family about the worrisome implications of a contemporary expansionist, empire-building Russia.

Yes, twas a fascinating time, 2014, to spend time in these fiercely independent countries. Freedom, it's more than a word, more than a moment.

I find myself wondering. What would I do to be free?

Curiosity Piqued?

  • Watch the The Singing Revolution. Right now, the documentary is available on DVD through Netflix and streaming through Amazon. I much recommend its moving, inspiring story. I was especially fascinated by the commitment and determination of the Forest Brothers.
  • Watch for news about Estonia's Song Festival held every two years, this year it's July 4 - 6, 2014.
  • Make the chance to visit Estonia! And while the cruise ships stop for a few hours to allow a quick tour of Tallin's Old Town, that's hardly time to explore a place with a fascinating history and contemporary culture. Stay awhile, it's a place of many rewards.
  • Or you know, make Estonian Deviled Eggs!
Estonian Deviled Eggs ♥, ultra-smooth and ultra-creamy with a buttery filling.

But First, Which Is It, Deviled Eggs? Or Stuffed Eggs?

Who else adores the funny names that become attached with our favorite foods? Call me a fan!

The Case for Deviled Eggs The Canadian half of my upbringing calls cold hard-cooked egg halves stuffed with a mixture of cooked yolk and mayonnaise (and other flavorings) "deviled" eggs. And if you're thinking that the term "devil" comes from how finicky it is to fill the egg halves, sorry, you're wrong. Instead, a food that's "deviled" is slightly spicy. (Hmmm then how to explain Devil's food chocolate cake?)

The Case for Stuffed Eggs The Midwestern half of my roots calls these eggs "stuffed" eggs and yeah, that's literally what they are, egg whites stuffed with an egg yolk spread. That's the southern term too and I do know that here in St. Louis, every family party, every funeral, somebody brings stuffed eggs: actually everybody knows that Cousin Jan always brings the eggs ... so no one else does!

But Wait! Just like in late-night infomercials, there are still more names. Russian Eggs. Filled Eggs. Salad Eggs. Dressed Eggs. In France, Mimosa Eggs. In parts of South America, Peruvian Eggs. Hmmm, still not as many names are there are for Gashouse Eggs! But getting a good start!

Source: Personal knowledge supplemented by Wikipedia.

How to Make Estonian Deviled Eggs
Step-by-Step Photos

How to Make Estonian Deviled Eggs, with a single secret ingredient, butter.

Estonian Deviled Eggs have one secret ingredient: butter. After that, it's just typical deviled egg ingredients. You might even add butter to your own favorite recipe, taking an old favorite to a whole new level!

How to Make Estonian Deviled Eggs, with a single secret ingredient, butter.

Start by mashing room temperature butter (it should be too soft) and the egg yolks (plus a white or two if you're using those) with a big fork until you can't distinguish the individual ingredients. At this point, it'll be a thick, almost-heavy eggy paste and taste way too buttery.

How to Make Estonian Deviled Eggs, with a single secret ingredient, butter.

Then stir in the mayonnaise and Greek yogurt until a nice, smooth consistency is reached, adjusting these ingredients as needed for the right flavor and consistency. Obviously you want it to taste good – to you! But you don't want the filling to "taste" the butter, you just want it to all to "hold together" and be soft enough to squeeze, sloppy or syrupy. Ask yourself, will it "pipe" into the egg halves? That's the idea!

How to Make Estonian Deviled Eggs, with a single secret ingredient, butter.

Now squeeze the filling into the egg halves. I use a freezer bag with a corner snipped but you could also use a pastry bag with a fancy tip.

Deviled Eggs with Tomato & Herb Relish ♥, a plain but delicious way to make deviled eggs, jazzed up in presentation with a dab of Tomato & Herb Relish and tiny tomatoes.

Then, go ahead, jazz 'em up! A tomato-herb relish is super simple but pretty on a plate!

It's hardly a recipe but a heartfelt post, a tribute to my dear friend Linda, St. Louis' premier food stylist, who had just passed away. She loved pretty food!

It's here, see Deviled Eggs with Tomato-Herb Relish.

Estonian Deviled Eggs ♥, ultra-soft and ultra-creamy with a buttery filling.


Step-by-Step Photos
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Makes 12 halves
  • 6 cooked large egg yolks
  • 1 or 2 cooked large egg whites, optional
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature but not soft
  • 4 tablespoons (about) mayonnaise, either Homemade Mayonnaise or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons (about) non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Lemon juice & cayenne pepper, if needed
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish, drained well
  • Salt to taste

EGGS Peel the eggs, rinse under water, let dry on paper towels. Halve the eggs, wiping the knife on a paper towel between cuts.

FILLING In a large bowl, with a large fork, mash the yolks, butter and (if using) 1 or 2 whites until well-combined and no yolk or white or butter is distinctly visible. Add the mayonnaise and yogurt.

Taste and adjust: if the filling needs more "creaminess", add a little more mayonnaise; if more "tang", add more yogurt; if more "sharp", then add a teaspoon or so lemon juice; if a little "kick", add a sprinkle of cayenne. Stir in the pickle relish, taste again, then salt to taste.

DEVILED EGGS Transfer the filling to a quart-size freezer bag, removing the air to seal. Clip one corner and squeeze filling into the egg halves.

GARNISH Arrange egg halves on a plate and garnish.

CHILL Refrigerate until ready to serve, then put out for serving. But don't dally, you really don't want the eggs left out for more than an hour. Any longer? Um ... if it's me, sorry as I am, I toss them.

MAKE-AHEAD TIPS To make Estonian Deviled Eggs ahead of time, hard-cook the eggs two or three days ahead of time but leave in their shells and refrigerate. Make the filling on serving day, especially if using homemade mayonnaise. The filling may be refrigerated for a few hours before filling the egg halves but it will need to soften to room temperature to be squeeze-able.
ALANNA's TIPS When I need exactly six hard-cooked eggs for deviled eggs, it pays to cook a few extra since a couple always seem to fall apart. Besides, cooked eggs make a great healthy snack, just be sure to mark the cooked eggs somehow so not to confuse them with raw eggs! If one or two of the cooked whites aren't sturdy enough to fill for deviled eggs, feel free to throw them in with the yolks and butter. When the filling flavor is "just right", you won't taste the butter but the mouthfeel will be creamy-smooth.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half: 89 Calories; 8g Tot Fat; 2g Sat Fat; 114mg Cholesterol; 84mg Sodium; 1g Carb; 0g Fiber; 1g Sugar; 3g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 2 & PointsPlus 2 & SmartPoints 3 & Freestyle 2 & myWW green 3 & blue 2 & purple 2
Adapted from my dear friend Pille's recipe, Estonian Deviled Eggs, my go-to recipe for Easter, especially!

A Small Window Into Our Time in Tallinn,
the Captivating Capital of Estonia

Photo collage of our time visiting Tallinn, Estonia in 2014

The Old Town is Tallinn's first attraction, a beautifully preserved medieval town at the city center. It's easy to wander the cobblestone streets imagining yourself in another age, tucking in from one building to another. The buildings have distinctive red-tile roofs, their stucco sides are painted soft, saturated colors that reflect light in the North's long summer days and dark winter nights.

Upper left and lower right – the rooftops of Tallinn's Old Town.

Upper right – our gracious guide, my friend and fellow food blogger, Pille Petersoo of Nami-Nami (in English) and Nami-Nami (in Estonian). Tallinn is a small city, just 400,000 people and everywhere we went, people knew Pille!

Lower left – Pille and I overlooking the Old Town on a drizzly morning.

Lower center – Pille in Freedom Square in Tallinn's Old Town, behind her is the War of Independence Victory Column

Pille's three beautiful children.

As much as we loved seeing the tourist-y places, the real thrill of our visit to Estonia (and frankly of our entire five-country trip) was the time spent with Pille, her dear husband K and their three beautiful children in their home near Tallinn.

Pille visited me in St. Louis in 2008 so it was especially remarkable to see her in her own space, her own kitchen, with her own raised vegetable beds, her own chickens.

She's had three babies since that St. Louis visit!

Her children are just beautiful – inside and out!

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  1. Carole6/25/2014

    Fascinating, Alanna!

  2. Anonymous6/25/2014

    Beautiful beautiful children ...

  3. We visited Tallin maybe 10 years ago -- loved it! What an interesting city. Anyway, I'm always one to cook extra eggs too -- just for insurance. I love deviled eggs, and seem to make them only around Easter (for obvious reasons). Really should do them more often -- thanks.

  4. Carole ~ Thank you!

    Anonymous ~ And totally sweet too!

    John ~ Really? Cool! PS Pille corrected me a few minutes ago that it’s Tallinn -- two n’s. #CarefulProofingFail

  5. Anonymous4/04/2017

    Enjoyed the read. Aitäh!

  6. Anonymous ~ Palun!
    PS That’s thanks to Google Translate. :-)


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