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Mimosa Deviled Eggs an Appetizer for Spring in Provence

It’s funny how some recipes go in and out of culinary fashion. Now, when it comes to aspic salads, those should stay out. However, deviled eggs (sometimes called Russian Eggs) require few ingredients and are so easy to make one might wonder why you don’t see them more often. These Mimosa Deviled Eggs are my version of the recipe and a toast to the beautiful yellow blooms that signal spring is on the way.

Route du Mimosa

In Provence, spring is ushered in with bright explosions of fluffy, yellow Mimosa tree blossoms. They bloom from January through March.

Alone or blended with other florals, the Mimosa blossoms make cheery decorative additions for the home.

The blossoming trees can be seen throughout Provence but a drive along a 130 km stretch of the Côte d’Azur, from Bormes-les-Mimosas to Grasse is especially rewarding. Lots of local Mimosa festivities take place during this period. It’s called La Route du Mimosa. The short video below gives you an idea of the route along the coast and the stunning scenery.

Mimosa Deviled Eggs

Mimosa Eggs - Oeufs Mimosa

I was introduced to Oeufs Mimosa (Mimosa Eggs) years ago in Marseille when my cousin placed a large, resplendent platter of Oeufs Mimosa on the dining table. The traditional recipe is unbelievably simple: hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and finely chopped parsley.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 24 bites


  • 12 eggs see buying tip
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley chopped fine
  • Herbed salt see below


  • Boil the eggs until hard-boiled, all allow to cool in cold water before removing the shells.
  • Cut the hard-boiled eggs in half, lengthwise, and carefully remove the yolks.
  • Divide the yolks into two batches in separate bowls.
  • Yolks Batch #1: Mash the egg yolks, add some herbed salt, then add just enough mayonnaise to make a smooth spread. Fill the egg white cavities with this spread.
  • Batch #2: Use a grater with the smallest holes (such as for lemon zest or grating nutmeg) and grate the other yolks in a bowl. (The smaller the grating hole, the fluffier the grated yolks.) Gently fold in a little more herbed salt.
  • Just before serving, sprinkle the fluffy egg-yolk mixture generously over the filled eggs. Use all of the grated egg yolks to achieve maximum effect.
  • Check the seasoning before adding the final touch of bits of finely chopped fresh parsley sprinkled over the platter.
  • Bon appetit!


Tip: Buy the biggest eggs possible, preferably from free-range chickens.
Herbed Salt: In a small, sturdy bowl combine a small amount of dried crushed rosemary, herbs de Provence, dried lavender, dried onion flakes, dried tomato flakes, and some Fleur de Sel (or sea salt). Crush all together with a smooth rock or a mortar.
Keyword Appetizer, Eggs
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Dorothy Garabedian

Dorothy Garabedian

I am an ex-pat American, born in Rhode Island, raised in Fresno, California, and now retired from government service living in Germany, near Frankfurt. From an early age I wanted to travel, but not as a tourist on a short trip. I wanted to stay longer in places. My government job with foreign postings provided that opportunity and I traveled to many countries around the world for work as well as private travel. For many years I lived in Belgium (Brussels), France (Paris), Germany, Russia (Moscow) and Uruguay (Montevideo). Now that I am retired I am devoting time to writing on travel and culture which can be seen on my blog Detours and Diversions and on my website. My connection to Marseille and Provence is family. Traveling regularly to Marseille for over 40 years for vacations, holidays and special family events, it has become like a third home. I see Marseille going through a great transformative period primed to become a delightful Mediterranean destination city with a unique style and personality; not just a place to pass through briefly heading for other parts of Provence. I say, "Marseille is a fascinating place that holds many secrets waiting to be unearthed." Through some of my revelations and insights my aim is to inspire other travelers to jump in and excavate Marseille's many treasures.

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