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Why is it called deviled eggs?

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Deviled eggs are so called because they are usually made with zesty or spicy ingredients, like mustard and cayenne pepper.

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The term "deviled", in reference to food, was a common term in the 1700's. It pertained to spicy or zesty foods. When eggs were prepared in the way we are talking about, a healthy amount of mustard and pepper was used. They became popular and got their name around 1786 here in the U.S.

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