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Where did the term deviled eggs come from?

The cooking term devil means 'to chop food finely and mix with hot seasoning or sauce, usually after cooking'. It is now usually used as a past participle in deviled crab, deviled egg, etc. The verb in the cooking sense originally meant 'to grill with hot condiments'. The use of hot seasoning, sauce, or condiments is the association with the devil. Deviled can also refer to spiced, potted meats such as deviled hams and sardines. The first mention of deviled eggs was in 1786 in Great Britain. Stuffed eggs appeared in a 15th century Italian cookbook. Devil's food cake is associated with the devil because it is a very dark chocolate.

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