October 14, 2011

OWL-o-ween Deviled Eggs

It's no secret:  I love to play with my food.  So when the California Olive Committee contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in creating a "spooktacular" Halloween recipe with their California Black Ripe Olives, I jumped at the opportunity! After all, wearing California Black Ripe Olives thimble-style atop each of my fingers is one of my fondest and earliest memories of playing with food. Okay, I confess, I still do it. Anyone with me?

Deviled eggs always seem to be one of the quickest things to disappear from any party table.  Last year a friend made the Spider Deviled Eggs from Sunset Magazine. The combination of the eggs and black olives was delicious!

Combining my family's love of California Ripe Black Olives, deviled eggs, and owls, I came up with this delicious and adorable Halloween appetizer. Whoooo wants some?

Owl Deviled Eggs
(makes 2 dozen)

1 dozen XL large eggs, hard boiled and cooled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
Paprika for garnish (optional)
1 can whole California Black Ripe Olives
3 baby carrots
24 small baby spinach leaves

Step 1:  Prepare eggs by slicing in half lengthwise and scooping yolks in to a medium bowl.  To the yolks add the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and salt.  Whip until smooth.  Reserve 2 Tablespoons of the filling to use later in the recipe.  Arrange whites on a plate and scoop or pipe yolk filling in to each white.  You can use a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, or a Ziploc bag with the tip snipped.  Garnish with a shake of paprika if desired.

Step 2:  Prepare the spinach leaves by cutting them in half with kitchen shears (48 halves).  Slice olives in to rings for eyes (48).  Use the thinner ends to cut tiny "pupils" (48).  Cut baby carrots in half lengthwise, then cut in to small triangles for the "beaks" (24).

Step 3:  Assemble.  Place the spinach wings first.  Next, add the olive ring eyes.  Then add the beak.  Put the reserved yolk mixture in to a small plastic bag or piping bag.  Snip a small portion for the the tip of the bag.  Fill the center of the olive rings with the piped yolk.  Last, place the black olive "pupils" in place.

A huge thanks to the California Olive Committee who sent me a box filled with Halloween goodies including the olives, can opener, cutting board, and silicone spatula used in this recipe.  They also paid for for the ingredients I used to make these fanciful little fellows.  

Get WISE about California Black Ripe Olives
Did you know that California olive growers produce more than 95 percent of the black ripe olives grown in the U.S.?  From the inland valleys of California as far south as San Diego County as far north as Sacramento, Californians have been growing olives on family farms since the early 1800s!   The two main types of olive trees grown on the over 27,000 acres of California olive orchards are Manzanillo and Sevillano.  These two varieties produce different sizes of olives ranging from small to super colossal.

To learn more about California Black Ripe Olives, visit www.CalOlive.org.
You can keep updated with recipe ideas, contests and more on the California Black Ripe Olives Facebook page HERE.

This recipe has been shared with:
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  1. Oh, they are so adorable. Love them!

  2. Jenn they are so adorable I almost would not want to eat them, but I would, I love deviled eggs.

    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by today,

  3. those are so cute and fun!


  4. those are so cute and fun!


  5. Cutest food thing I've seen in a long time. I pinned it and now I need an occasion so I have an excuse to make them.

  6. My word! Those owls are freakin' adorable! Love!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  7. These are fantastic! And yes, I'm with you on the olive fingers!

  8. Very very cute! Yep, I did olive fingers too :) I love deviled eggs, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Yippee!!! What a great hootin' idea!

    I love deviled eggs and now have a wonder-filled way to decorate them!

    Molly and McGee and Dale and Roy -- two owl couples hoo bring enjoyment. M & M have wonderful books for children, just in case you don't know.

    Thank you!!! (I wish olives were NOT pitted)

  10. I am completely SMITTEN with your owl deviled eggs. I {heart} them!!

  11. You are a deviled egg genius! I love these. So pinning these!!!!

  12. These are too cute, Jen! How inspired! Love them.

  13. These are so cute and adorable, and you are very(!) creative

  14. oh my word Jenn, those are the cutest deviled eggs EVER!!!! I love all things owls and this is just perfect!!!! Definitely pinning these:-)

  15. What a fantastic recipe. We are hosting a Magical Halloween party this year and our house is filled with witches and wizards. These owls will definitely be on my party buffet table alongside my cheese slice owl this year. I'm so glad I found you on IShareFunFood! Love, love, love this idea.

    Beth @ www.HungryHappenings.com

  16. Oh my goodness, Jenn, these are too cute! You HAVE to link them up at Creative Me Monday. I would love it. Here's the link (all week long):


  17. Oh my gosh, these are SO cute! I'll have to make these with the boys! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Sooo cutie! Love them! I think I may make these for Harper's little Halloween Party Monday! Thank you so much!

  19. How cute is that?! Jenn, you are genius! :) I rarely think of doing deviled eggs this time of year, but what could be cuter than owls?!

  20. These are just adorable! Great job!! Just posted it on our Fun Finds Friday. Feel free to grab a featured button!

  21. Stole this idea for my daughter's party-thanks for the inspiration! http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-14th-night-owl-party.html

  22. I stole this idea for my daughter's b-day. Thanks for the inspiration:http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-14th-night-owl-party.html

  23. Eggcellent ideas! I looove olives!

  24. Oh yes, I totally remember putting olives on all of my fingers... and... I taught my kids and my grandsons to do the same!! :)

    These are too cute! I *LOVE* Deviled Eggs too!

    Thank you for the recipe and the idea!

  25. Featured these on my blog today! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

    - Claire @ A Little Claireification
    (PS: I am on WP.org and sometimes peeps on Blogger can't reply to my comments… weird). :)

  26. Hi Jenn! We LOVE this image and have featured it in an article for a new food website - please get in touch for more details: editorial.homemade@gravityroad.com. Thanks!


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