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Give deviled egg a black eye with slice of olive

An easy way to give deviled eggs an effectively spooky twist for Halloween is to top each stuffed egg with a slice of black pitted olive — for the eyeball look.

Hard-boil the eggs and allow to cool. Peel and halve; remove yolks and combine with mayonnaise, yellow mustard, finely chopped sweet or dill pickles, and salt and pepper to taste, until you have a smooth filling. Fill each egg white with a mound of the yolk mixture and garnish with a slice of pitted black olive.

The effect is enhanced if the deviled eggs are served on a white plate with a border of fake black spiders.

Source: Adapted from "Party Living," Perigee, 2004, $19.95 paperback