Easy shortcut: We use medium eggs in this recipe for two reasons. First, because they're more perfectly bite-sized for appetizers. Second, because we often grab the bagged, hard-cooked, pre-peeled eggs at the grocery store (when we haven't planned ahead and boiled our own eggs) – and those ready-made hard-cooked eggs are typically medium in size, not large. If you don't have the time to hard-cook your own eggs, the bagged, hard-cooked eggs are a real timesaver and make this recipe an absolute snap to pull together in just minutes.
Hard-cooking your own eggs: If you prefer to cook your own eggs, be sure to check out our post on How to Hard-Cook Eggs for great instructions on how to get creamy, perfectly cooked eggs every time. Note, however, that in that post, we did all of our testing with large eggs. To hard-cook medium eggs for this recipe, we recommend following the guidelines offered by The American Egg Board, letting the eggs stand in the boiled water for just 9 minutes, rather than the 12 minutes we specify for large eggs.
Presentation tip: If you don't have one of those handy deviled egg plates, with the little divots to place the eggs in, try this simple tip to keep your eggs from rolling around on the serving platter: With a small, sharp paring knife, cut a tiny slice off the rounded, "bottom" side of each egg half (before you add the hummus filling). That creates a flat little base for your deviled eggs to sit securely on, so they're less likely to fall to the side or roll around.
Make-ahead tips: As stated above, these can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two prior to serving. However, if you choose to pipe the filling (rather than spooning it), piling it high in a pretty decorative pattern, you may want to hold off on filling and garnishing the eggs until closer to serving time. The completely finished, filled and garnished eggs do look nice for a couple of days, but the filling may lose a bit of its piped, piled-high shape after sitting in the fridge for a day or two. You can still prepare the components ahead of time, storing each separately in the refrigerator, and then quickly assemble them before serving.