Adapted from “One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes from My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond” by Valerie Bertinelli (c) Rodale 2012. Provided courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli. All rights reserved.
Pickles and Capers
Wasabi and Ginger
Fill a large, deep saucepan with a tight-fitting lid with 2 inches of cold water. Place the eggs in it and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately turn off the heat and cover with the lid. Let sit for 12 minutes. Transfer to a colander and rinse under cold water.
Once cooled, peel the eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out the yolks and place 4 yolks in each of 3 bowls. Mash well with a fork.
Line a large serving platter with the greens.
Add the mayonnaise, chopped capers, mustard and gherkins to one of the bowls of yolks and mash together until thoroughly incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the filling among 8 egg halves. Top each with some capers and place on the platter.
Add the mayonnaise and wasabi to the second bowl of yolks and mash together. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the filling among 8 egg halves. Top each with a slice of pickled ginger and a small piece of cucumber and place on the platter.
Add the mayonnaise, sesame oil, sesame seeds and carrot to the remaining bowl of yolks and mash together. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the filling among the remaining 8 egg halves. Top each with more sesame seeds and place on the platter.