By Alma Schneider

We know what you’re thinking… the fine folks at Tailgate Fan have lost their collective minds. There’s no way that deviled eggs should ever be part of a tailgate, or eggs period for that matter. Give us meat, piled high and topped with more meat.

Normally we would agree, but not this week. The Kentucky Derby — The Run for the Roses — is this Saturday. So we need to class up the joint a little in the spirit of splendor and tradition. A recipe for deviled egg dip does the trick. And it’s well worth the quizzical looks from friends and guests. Make them have a taste. The scowls will turn to smiles.

Ingredients

* 6 hard-boiled eggs

* 1/3 – 1/2 cup mayonnaise, depending on how rich you want it

* 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

* 1-2 small cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press

* 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Put eggs in a pot and cover with water.

2. Bring water and eggs to a boil.

3. Turn off heat and leave for 10 minutes.

4. Run cold water over the eggs and peel.

5. Purée all ingredients in a food processor until creamy.

6. Sprinkle with paprika.

Yum!

Find more tasty recipes for your next tailgate.

Alma Schneider is a licensed Clinical Social Worker helping individuals overcome their psychological and practical obstacles to cooking and parenting on her blog and consulting business, Take Back the Kitchen. She is a native New Yorker transplanted to the suburbs with her husband, four children and loving yet stubborn Beagle Shiloh.

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