A Slightly Devilish New Year's

Whenever we have been invited to or "had" to participate in a New Year's Eve event, we have reluctantly attended (but wore our happiest faces), drank minimally and then escaped for the comforts and safety of our own home as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Call me a party pooper, but New Year's Eve has never been my thing. David is in the same camp, so that makes us a perfect pair to whip up something completely uncommon at the end of the year. Like the tapas we made the other night. Rather than put together an elaborate and decadent meal, we opted for something simple, fun and festive.

Tapas, or small plates, was our theme which gave us lots of things to choose from, but we focused on the traditional Spanish tapas. I roasted red, yellow and green peppers and some asparagus, bought a chunk of manchego cheese, fried up a bit of Spanish chorizo and made some tuna deviled eggs.

Deviled eggs are great finger foods that everyone loves and David had been pining for these gems all during the holidays. So when we were perusing The New Spanish Cookbook by Anya von Bremzen for some ideas and came across this recipe for tuna stuffed deviled eggs, we both stopped and really studied this as an option.

Tuna and eggs could be a logical combination. We love egg salad and tuna salad, so it didn't seem entirely outrageous to add tuna to turn up the devilishness on these eggs. In fact, it sounded like a great small bite to add to our celebration. I was a bit trepidacious, but these did not disappoint. In fact, they were so good, they will remain in our repertoire when we want to surprise friends with these bite-sized sensations.

Tuna-Stuffed Deviled Eggs
Adapted by The Cowgirl Gourmet from The New Spanish Cookbook by Anya von Bremzen

The original recipe calls for topping the eggs with anchovies and roasted peppers, which we tried, but thought the anchovies added too much salty flavor and were unnecessary. We prefered the eggs with a roasted pepper and think a bit of fresh parsley and paprika would add great color and flavor. So this recipe calls for adding a roasted pepper to half of the eggs and diced parsley to the other half. These eggs are so good, you might consider doubling it. because they will disappear...

6 farm fresh eggs, boiled, peeled and halved lengthwise
6 Tablespoons good quality, oil packed tuna, drained and flaked well
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons capers
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 thinly sliced roasted peppers, for garnishing half of the eggs
Flat leaf parsley, finely diced, for garnishing the other half of the eggs
Paprika, for garnish

Once the eggs have been boiled, peeled and cut in half lengthwise, remove the yolks and mash well in a bowl.

Add the tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice and capers and mix thoroughly to combine, making sure the tuna is well incorporated and there are no chunks. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon generously into the egg halves. If you have any leftover, you can eat it. Garnish half of the eggs with a roasted pepper and the other half with diced parsley and sprinkle Spanish paprika over each egg. Chill, serve and watch them disappear.

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