Bacon and eggs devilishly easy

  • By Leigh Lambert / The Washington Post
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2006 9:00pm
  • Life

Greggory Hill has a mild obsession with bacon – really, all things pig. The snub-nosed swine adorns his Washington, D.C., restaurant, called David Greggory, in subtle ways: a piggy planter here, a tissue dispenser there. The chef-owner even hosts an Aphrodisiac Bacon Dinner once a month, designing an entire menu – including dessert – around the beast.

Bacon may seem a humble ingredient, but Hill elevates it to new realms, creating concoctions you’d never dream of (bacon fat ice cream drizzled with bittersweet chocolate sauce, anyone?). But he also knows when to rein in his boundless enthusiasm for bold flavors. His appetizer of deviled eggs uses the humble ovals as a mellow backdrop to highlight other taste notes – often including his beloved bacon.

The assortment of eggs varies on occasion, but for my visit, the featured flavors were arugula-lemon (bright and clean), caper-red onion (briny and earthy) and smoked paprika-bacon (rich and deep).

“There are many more ideas for fillings than these,” said Hill, an inexplicably trim man considering his love of pork fat. “You could play with smoked salmon, roasted mushrooms, truffle oil, chopped parsley, chives, blue cheese or crabmeat.

“Remember the recipe is only a road map. You can always take a different route. Just have fun!”

These eggs are surprisingly simple to make and easily transport to potlucks: Keep the cooked whites separate from the yolk mixture, which can be stored in a resealable plastic bag. Upon arrival, snip the corner off, and fill the whites.


1/2cup mayonnaise

2tablespoons Dijon-style mustard

1/2teaspoon hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

Smoked paprika-bacon filling:

1/2teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika

2tablespoons crumbled bacon

1/4teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Arugula-lemon filling:

2tablespoons blanched, drained and finely chopped arugula

1teaspoon lemon juice

Caper-red onion filling:

2tablespoons capers, drained and finely chopped

1tablespoon finely chopped red onion

Place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover with an inch of cold water over high heat. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Cover for 10 to 12 minutes, then transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water to cool completely, about 10 minutes. Peel them under running water, cut them in half horizontally and transfer the hard-cooked yolks to the bowl of a food processor. Place the hard-cooked whites on a platter and set aside. To the yolks, add the mayonnaise, mustard and hot pepper sauce and process until smooth.

For the fillings, divide the yolk mixture among three small bowls. To each bowl, add one of the ingredients for the three variations and stir to combine. Using a spoon or pastry bag fitted with a large tip, fill the halves with the deviled mixtures. Serve immediately.

Note: Smoked Spanish paprika has a more robust flavor. It is available at specialty food markets. To blanch arugula, add the leaves to a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds.

Per serving (based on a half egg with plain filling): 71 calories, 3 g protein, trace carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 107 mg cholesterol, 1 g saturated fat, 93 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber.

Talk to us

More in Life

Daniella Beccaria / for The Herald

15-month-old Kantu attempts to climb a pumpkin at Stocker Farms in Snohomish on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Stocker Farms offers a U-pick patch, farm animals and a corn maze.
Best pumpkin patch in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied, here are the results.

Everett comedian Taylor Clark performs stand-up in 2023 at The Triple Door in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mike Bryk)
Comedian Taylor Clark to film first special Friday in Everett

The skateboarding funny-man will record an hour of his stand-up at the Historic Everett Theater.

Local musician Alex Johnston, whose newest album "Daylight Fooldream" pairs with short film he made with help from his partner Mikaela Henderson, sits with his morning coffee on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Narrative Coffee in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Folktronica musician shoots 37-minute visual album on iPhone in Everett

Alex Johnston, 31, describes his music as ”if Coldplay and Bon Iver had a love child.”

Flowering knotweed Persicaria amplexicaulis firetail in the morning light.
Save for one infamous variety, fleece flowers are easy to fall in love with

This long-blooming, easy-to-grow perennial comes in many desirable varieties. But watch out: One is an invasive knotweed.

A view of King Street Station in Seattle, Washington from an Amtrak Cascades train to Portland, Oregon from Everett, Washington on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Ride the rails on Amtrak Cascades from Everett to Portland

Make new friends and let Amtrak do the driving on this 5-hour trip past sea, city and forest.

From left, Elora Coble, Carol Richmond, David Hayes, Karli Reinbold, Giovanna Cossalter Walters, Landon Whitbread in a scene from Edmonds Driftwood Players' production of "Murder on the Orient Express." (Dale Sutton / Magic Photography)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Edmonds Driftwood Players opens its 65th season with Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Some collectibles are found in nature; some imitate them. If it weren’t for the attached figure, this Royal Dux porcelain vase might pass for a real conch shell.
This shell-shaped vase would make a fine souvenir of summer fun

It may not be a real shell, but this art nouveau piece could still evoke fond memories of days at the beach.

Arlington Garden Club celebrating its 90th anniversary

The club has monthly programs for north Snohomish County gardeners and awards scholarships to area students.

Spouses Franchesca and Don Simpson talk about their baby girl’s “chubby cheeks” and “button nose” as Kelly Fox RDMS RVT performs a live-view 3D ultrasound on the expecting mother Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Wonder Baby Ultrasound Studio in Everett, Washington. The Simpsons are expecting their first child in October. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Glamour shots in utero? Everett studio offers HD ultrasound keepsakes

For curious parents, these glimpses are exciting, but not medically endorsed.

Most Read