Place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover completely with cool water. Bring to a boil and then cover and remove from the heat. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 9 minutes, then drain and cool in an ice bath.
Peel the eggs, then halve lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place them in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, Pickled Shallots, gherkins, mustard and vinegar, and use a fork to mash the ingredients together until smooth. Alternatively, use a food processor. Add the chives, parsley, bacon, scallion whites and some salt and pepper.
Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip or a resealable plastic bag with one corner of the bag snipped off. Pipe the filling into the egg whites, then top each with scallion greens, pickled shallots, some paprika and a sprinkle of bacon.
Place the vinegar, 1/4 cup water, the sugar, salt and coriander seeds in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
Place the shallots in a medium heatproof bowl and pour the hot liquid over the top. Cool to room temperature, and then cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
The Pickled Shallots can be made up to a week ahead. To transport, pack the filling in a plastic resealable bag and pack the whites separately in a sturdy container, then place both in a cooler with ice. Pack the toppings separately, they do not require refrigeration. When ready to fill, snip off a corner of the resealable bag and pipe into the whites. Keep some filled halves in the sturdy container in the cooler until ready serve. Finish with the toppings and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller