Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs

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Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs

I decided to name my recipe Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs to change things up a bit.  I get tired of using ordinary names that no one remembers and I like to poke fun, laugh and find humor in anything and everything.  Without anyone getting hurt, of course!  I like funny, but not mean.

So exactly what is Gangnam Style anyway?

Let’s talk a little bit about Gangnam Style and what it really means.  Here’s an awesome article by Erica Han Jin on xojane.com titled What “Gangnam Style” Really Means — From Someone Who Lived There where Erica breaks down her personal experience of living in Seoul as an English teacher in a wealthy Gangnam neighborhood.

Gangnam style by definition is the relentless pursuit for good looks, success, affluence and keeping up appearances.  It is to the degree that young sophomore high school girls undergo cosmetic surgery and see it as a right of passage and posh clients stop in at a designer coffee shop to pay $9 or more for a cup of coffee for appearances sake but go home and eat a $2 bowl of ramen for dinner since it’s all they can really afford.  The ever popular song “Gangnam Style” by Psy talks about the quest for a Westernized sexy Korean lady with strawberry blonde hair and other parodys pointing to Westernization.

I had the opportunity to live in a small town outside of Camp Humphreys called Anjongri in 2002.  It was the best experience of my life and it really cemented into my mind forever that we Koreans are stubborn and proud and we won’t go down without a fight.

South Koreans seemed to both embrace and reject Western culture which is both puzzling and admirable to me!  They were never really nice to me as American and foreigner in their land but they loved everything Western like KFC, Taco Bell, my American clothes and Little Debbie Snack Cakes but they didn’t want much to do with me as a person.  They seemed fascinated by me while they rejected me all at the same time!  I never took it personally since I was forewarned by my native Korean mother prior to living there that summer break.

They also strictly follow class systems and the importance of rank and respect go hand in hand.  Upper class citizens do not typically associate, date or marry people in lower classes than theirs for fear of offending their elders, extended families and ancestors.  I love Korean culture and could give you my personal take on all of it…but this is a recipe post, not a history and culture lesson!

Get on to the eggs already!

Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs - perfect, tasty and delicious

 The eggs are really easy to make but the longest part would be to fill the eggs halves with the filling using the piping bag and tip.  I poke fun at the Gangnam Style-ish way to fill them with my “fancy-schmancy” piping bag and I have a more practical “ghetto-fied” version for when I am hungry and in a hurry!  No matter which method you use, have fun and enjoy the recipe while laughing at my craziness along the way!

Ingredients list:

This recipe is for two dozen eggs, three halves per serving (Serves 8)

  • 2 dozen hard boiled eggs, peeled and cooled
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely minced celery
  • 1/4 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. Whataburger prepared yellow mustard (any yellow mustard is fine but not dijon varieties)
  • 3 tbsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp. Tony Cachere’s Original Cajun Seasoning (a large pinch is for garnishing)
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1. Hard boil the eggs, peel and cool completely.  Learn to make perfect eggs with my Not Rubbery Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe.  You like that technical name?  My method will keep your eggs from being overcooked and giving your yolks that ugly green or black ring.

2.  Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and scoop, pop or drop the yolks into a bowl for mashing later.  (Drop it like it’s hot, drop it like it’s hot – plays in my head when I drop the egg yolks into the bowl!)

 gangnam style-ish deviled eggs - drop it like it's hot, into a bowl3.  Mash the egg yolks using a fork.  I mash them right into the mixing bowl and when I make a large batch I use my potato masher to get the job done.

4. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, onion, celery, apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. of the cajun seasoning into the bowl of mashed yolks and mix well.

5.  If you want Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs that are almost too pretty to eat then use my handy dandy, fancy-schmancy piping bag to fill those perfectly cooked egg white halves.

Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs - My "Fancy-Schmancy" Piping Bag

To make your own “Fancy-Schmancy” piping bag you will need one gallon sized plastic storage/freezer bag and a decorative cake frosting tip.  Take your plastic storage bag and cut a very small hole in the tip of one of the bottom corners.  Make this hole way too small for the cake frosting tip because the bag can easily stretch to fit the tip.  Place the tip in the bag and gently push it through the hole just enough so that the end of the tip is not covered by the bag.

Next roll down the sides of the bag twice so that you can easily fill the bag with the filling using a rubber spatula.  Try and fill it in the corner where the tip is located so you don’t have to squeeze it all to one side of the bag.  Gather and twist the bag around the filling and squeeze some out to get the air out of the bag.  Now you’re ready to pipe that glorious and tasty filling into those egg halves!

6.  Fill your all of your egg halves with filling.  I tend to go overboard with the filling and some people said this is not as aesthetic pleasing as just filling it enough to cover the hole.  So pictured below is the egg half with the perfectly pleasing amount of filling to make my critics happy!

Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs - The Aesthetically Pleasingly Perfect Amount of Filling

7.  Garnish with the cajun seasoning or whatever topping you like such as chopped parsley.  Cover loosely and chill for at least one hour for the best flavor prior to serving.  To serve, transfer to a decorative plate and serve immediately.

Let’s go “Ghetto-fied” and make it easy!!

I won’t even try and sell you on filling those egg halves Gangnam Style-ish unless you are preparing this recipe for a potluck or party.  When I make this for my family, I leave the fancy tip off and just use the bag and I call that method my “ghetto-fied” version.  My family truly doesn’t notice the pretty filling because we are too busy stuffing our faces with as many egg halves as possible at a time!

Not so Gangnam Style-ish Deviled Eggs - my "Ghetto-fied" version

To create this overfilled and tasty over-the-top egg half, simply leave out the cake frosting tip in your piping bag and just squeeze until the egg half is overflowing with filling.  Sprinkle with the cajun seasoning, cover loosely and chill.  To serve, pop one whole egg half into your mouth, chew, swallow and repeat until the plate is empty!

“Oh, no, she better don’t!! Why she gotta call it “Ghetto-fied”?  

I hope you enjoyed reading how I poke fun at the Gangnam Style and “Ghetto-fied” versions of my deviled eggs recipe.  I hope no one is offended as it is not my intention to offend in any way, shape or form.  This was a tongue-in-cheek stab at jokes to make us all crack a smile and keep you entertained while reading my recipe post!

One of my best friends (we are no longer friends) used to tell me ALL.THE.TIME that I was as ghetto as they come with some of my mannerisms and freedom to express myself.  I used to get really offended and it hurt to hear this all the time and that’s why we’re no longer friends, among other reasons.

Now-a-days I refer to my “ghetto-fied” version of myself when I let it all hang out or if I refuse to exercise restraint and conduct myself in a dignified manner and I can truly laugh at it and poke fun of myself and enjoy it.  I hardly ever practice restraint and self-control when it comes to enjoying life and I love my “ghetto-fied” self!

In the famous words of my favorite Drag Queen RuPaul

“If you can’t love yourself then how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?  Can I get an amen?”

And my own personal mantra:

Life is too short to sweat the small S***, so live and let live, laugh and love as often as possible!

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