Whip up a mean deviled egg and enter the Enterprise Farmers Market contest

2017 Enterprise Deviled Egg Contest Overall Winner, Deana Workman’s “Eggspressions of Easter,” a mild-flavored non-traditional dish with ingredients that included Chinese hot mustard, green onion and bacon.
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — Whip up a mean deviled egg, and enter the March 24 contest at the Enterprise Farmers Market

If you make a mean deviled egg, then you’ll want to whip up your devilishly delectable delight and enter it in the Third Annual Enterprise Deviled Egg Contest March 24.

Sponsored by Cutts Restaurant, the contest features the delicious staple of family reunions, holiday feasts, cocktail parties, Sunday family dinners and church socials, despite its fiendish-sounding name, which is actually a culinary term.

Judging will be for prizes in five categories: Most “Devilicious” (Best Tasting); Most “Eggsquisite” (Most Beautiful and/or Creative); and Most “Eggstraordinary (Best Non-Traditional) and Most Eggstraditional (Best Traditional) Egg. A Most “Eggcellent” (Best Overall) entry will also be awarded. Winners in the five categories will receive $50 each, with a bonus for the Best Overall winner.

The contest is part of the activities at the annual “Easter at the Farmers Market” activities, which will include egg decorating for the children, a visit from the Easter bunny, arts and crafts shopping and fresh produce from local farmers. A fun-filled Easter hat parade is also scheduled for 10 a.m. More information will be provided later on the parade.

“We want everyone to come out March 24 and enjoy all the activities, and the Deviled Egg Contest has already proven to be a fun and interesting contest for the past two years. We think this year will be the best yet,” said organizer Kay Kirkland. “We know that we have wonderful cooks in our Enterprise area, and who doesn’t know how to make great deviled eggs!”

Of course, the recipes with the egg yolk/mayonnaise base are the most common in this part of the country, Kirkland said, but she pointed out that the art of making deviled eggs has expanded into new directions.

“These days, deviled egg recipes have a broad range of ingredients, flavors and styles. Just take a look at Pinterest or Google ‘deviled’ eggs, and you’ll find more kinds of deviled eggs than you could ever imagine,” she said. Ingredients include hot sauce and jalapenos and other spices for those who like a spicy mixture to top of the egg white halves; guacamole; shrimp; pimento cheese; and of course, bacon.

“If you have never tried a non-traditional recipe, this might be a great time to experiment and enter your new recipe or a favorite from the web,” Kirkland said. Of course, deviled egg makers can also try different presentations too, that will get points for creativity and originality.

“There’s no other contest like this anywhere in this part of the country, so we really want to develop this unique contest into something special,” she said.

Contrary to what may be a common belief, deviled eggs are not an American concoction. In fact, the roots of modern-day deviled eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome, about 4 or 5 A.D., according to a variety of sources that can be found on the web.

Eggs were boiled, seasoned with spicy sauces and were used in entertaining, so deviled eggs have been a staple of social gatherings for centuries.

The term “deviled” wasn’t associated with dressed eggs until about 1786 in Great Britain. “Deviled” referred to foods that were highly seasoned to make them spicy. At that time, eggs were seasoned with vinegar, honey, herbs, peppers, broth, cinnamon, other spices unique to the time period, and were stuffed with raisins, cheese, cloves, etc.

American cooks did add the ingredient that’s most common in the deviled eggs that we know and love today – mayonnaise. Mayonnaise became popular as the base ingredient for your stuffing mixture during the 1940s.

The contest has no entry fee. For more information about the Deviled Egg Contest and the other activities, contact Kay Kirkland at 334-348-2310 or kkirkland@enterpriseal.gov.

Arts and crafts vendors and produce vendors are also invited to participate in the day’s activities. Vendors must follow regular Market rules and must have a city business license. The fee is $20.