Deviled Egg Casserole, 1968 – A Vintage Recipe Test

Posted on Jun 7 2017 - 4:03am by RetroRuth

This week we have yet another deviled egg recipe. I can’t stop, and I don’t know if I want to.

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This is Deviled Egg Casserole!

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Deviled Egg Casserole
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Ingredients
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 packages (10 0z each) frozen asparagus or 2 pounds fresh
  • For Cheese Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cool eggs; remove shells and cut into lengthwise halves. Slip out yolks; sieve and mix well with mayonnaise, salt, sauce, paprika and mustard. Refill the whites, using a pastry tube if desired.
  2. Cook frozen asparagus according to package directions. (If using fresh asparagus, cooking in boiling salted water for 5 to 10 minutes until crisp-tender and drain OR toss asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 425 degrees for 7-10 minutes.)
  3. Place hot asparagus in shallow baking dish, top with deviled egg halves. Spoon hot cheese sauce all over. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Makes six servings.
  4. Cheese Sauce:
  5. Melt butter in saucepan; blend in flour and salt. Gradually stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Add pepper sauce and cheese, stir until cheese melts.

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This also is another newspaper recipe this week. If anyone can find the paper and the year, I would appreciate it! (I’m looking at you, Camille!) The recipe has 1968 written on the back, which may or may not be accurate.

I feel like I should have busted this out after Easter. This seems like a casserole that should be made either to be served with or with leftovers from Easter dinner.

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It is asparagus season here in Michigan, so I was able to get my hands on a lot of nice, fresh asparagus. I fudged the instructions a bit on prep. I really, really don’t like boiled asparagus and it seemed like a shame to do that to this fresh asparagus, so I precooked it by roasting it with salt, pepper and olive oil at 425 for about 9 minutes. Roasting is my favorite way to have asparagus!

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I have to say, this came together really fast and so I didn’t get many pictures.  I was also hampered in taking pictures because I was busy fending off Alex while she tried to snatch the deviled eggs and stuff them in her mouth. At the same time Tom was trying to snatch the roasted asparagus and stuff it in his mouth. I had to be on my game. And it made me kind of afraid for when TJ gets big enough to snatch food, too.

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Covered with cheese sauce? Yes. Yes, please.

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“Is it good?”

“It’s interesting. Not bad at all.”

“Better than cold deviled eggs?”

“No.”

The Verdict: Not Bad

From The Tasting Notes –

This ended up being good, but also a strange casserole. Mostly because the deviled eggs were hot. It kind of threw us all off. Alex ate it, but not with the ferocity she normally saves for deviled eggs. The cheese sauce and asparagus combo was a good one, but the eggs didn’t really add much. And this recipe for deviled eggs was actually a pretty good one, if a bit on the salty side, so it wasn’t that they could have been better. The warmth was just…wrong. I would have much rather had the asparagus covered with cheese and then a cold deviled egg on the side.

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Toby@platefodder June 7, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

    When I lived in Savannah, one of our group drug this thing out at every starving manager dinner we did. The only difference was she chopped up the deviled eggs and scattered all over the top. She said it was one of her mom’s “company sides”. It was always a hit. I think chopping makes you head think it a less deviled egg.. and more seasoned egg….thing.

  2. Lassie June 7, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Yes, a deviled egg or two on the side is the way to go, here. It doesn’t seem right to heat up a cold egg, with mayonnaise in it. Maybe whoever invented this, uh, mess, had a ton of devilled eggs left over to use up and just said, heck with it! and threw them in.

  3. Marty June 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Roasted asparagus with cheese sauce. Yes please!!! Not so sure about warm deviled eggs, though. Tom’s face says it all. 😉

  4. Camille June 7, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Ooh, I got a shout-out!

    Versions of this recipe ran in many newspapers between 1968 and 1974, but I can’t find this exact version. The earliest version I found with asparagus was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in November 1961.

  5. Cybergranola June 8, 2017 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Asparagus season has started where I live:(Toronto.Canada)

  6. Juju June 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Good Lord, the person that came up with this mess had to be drunk. YUUUUUCK!

  7. Angie June 11, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Did you try it cold? it sounds like it may be better that way.

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