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Deviled eggs with smoked fish

Deviled eggs with smoked fish
Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times

If there aren’t any deviled eggs at a cocktail party, did the party really happen? I have a friend who is adamant that a celebration is not a celebration without a platter of deviled eggs. And she isn’t the only ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes | Makes 24 deviled eggs

Garlic aioli

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 roasted garlic clove
  • 1 ½ cups canola or vegetable oil
  • Ice water
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Step 1In a blender, beat together the mustard, egg yolks and garlic. Slowly drizzle in the canola oil until emulsified, adding ice water if needed to thin the mixture and keep it cool. Beat in lemon juice to taste, then slowly beat in the olive oil. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste. Pass the mixture through a fine strainer, discarding any garlic solids. This makes about 2 cups aioli, which will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week.

Deviled eggs

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, cooled, peeled and halved lengthwise 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons mustard powder
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, more if desired
  • Heaping 1/2 cup garlic aioli
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon chopped parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 French breakfast radishes
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped chives
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Flaked smoked fish, for garnish (the restaurant uses house-smoked catfish)

Step 1In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the egg yolks, Dijon mustard, mustard powder, lemon juice and aioli until smooth. Pass the mixture through a very fine strainer into a bowl. Fold in the horseradish, whole grain mustard and parsley. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper, or to taste. This makes about 1 ¾ cups yolk mixture.

Step 2Prepare the garnishes: Very finely slice the radishes and set aside. In a small bowl, toss the chives with a little rice wine vinegar and olive oil to coat.

Step 3To prepare the eggs, fill the cavity of each egg white with yolk mixture. Top with flaked smoked fish, a radish slice and a sprinkling of chives.

Note: Adapted from a recipe by chef Govind Armstrong of Post & Beam restaurant.. Armstrong makes his own smoked catfish but recommends substituting store-bought or made smoked trout, salmon or shrimp. He also makes his own garlic aioli but you can substitute any good, whole egg mayonnaise. Although many recipes, such as the aioli, call for raw egg yolks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that diners -- especially children, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems -- avoid eating them.

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