After this weekend, you and just about every other household with be in possession of a ton of hard-boiled eggs. Whether you dyed them for an Easter egg hunt or boiled them to make some deviled eggs, chances are you're stuck with more than you can want.
My family always boils several dozen eggs, then dyes them the night before Easter for our Sunday morning egg hunt. Most of them are turned into deviled eggs, but the rest are saved for other uses throughout the week. Here are ten "other" ways for you to put them to good use.
Ramen Simply slice the hard-boiled eggs in half and add to a bowl of ramen noodles. Be hardcore and make a bowl from scratch by adding pork (or even pork belly), mushrooms, carrots and scallions to your ramen noodles, or simply toss in that halved hard-boiled egg to a package of college-style ramen noodles for an upgrade.
Scotch Eggs Use this opportunity to make something you probably don't often make. Scotch Eggs can be difficult to prepare, especially if you eat them only at the Renaissance Festival, so try this easy baked Scotch Eggs recipe from Betty Crocker. Make the outer shell from pork sausage, onion and salt. Then, roll the hard-boiled eggs in flour, mold the sausage patty around each egg and dip in an egg wash. Finish by coating the exterior in bread crumbs, then bake in a 400-degree preheated oven for about 35 minutes.
Niçoise Salad It's a simple recipe and wouldn't be complete without a hard boiled egg. After all the candy you've been eating, you'll probably enjoy this light and refreshing salad. Try this recipe from Saveur, featuring a dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, shallots, garlic, and salt and pepper. The salad is filled with fresh vegetables like haricot verts, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, and a mixture of beets, new potatoes, anchovies, tuna, black Niçoise olives, and of course, the star of the show, hard-boiled eggs.
Pan-bagnat It's a traditional French sandwich that essentially takes the ingredients from Niçoise salad and stuffs them between two slices of crusty bread. Gourmet magazine has an excellent recipe for a pan-bagnat. Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, sliced red and white onions, and salt and pepper; add tuna and lemon juice. Place lettuce leaves on a French baguette or Kaiser roll, then top with tomato slices, tuna and slices of hard-boiled eggs. Finish the sandwich with radishes, anchovies and olives.
Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich If you're in a rush in the morning, save yourself some time and cut a hard-boiled egg into thin slices, then place on top of a toasted English muffin with tomato slices and a sprinkling of Mozzarella cheese. You've got an open-faced breakfast sandwich on-the-go in minutes.
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Egg Salad If you don't make an egg salad from your leftover hard-boiled eggs, then shame on you. Egg salad is easily made from hard-boiled eggs, chopped red onions and celery, mayonnaise, whole-grain mustard, lemon juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper, then stuff between two slices of bread with tomato and lettuce for lunch.
Potato Salad Just as you must make egg salad with hard-boiled eggs, you must make potato salad. Try Ree Drummond's recipe by mashing boiled Russet potatoes, then mixing with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, chopped green onions, baby gherkins and hard-boiled eggs. Season with paprika, salt and pepper, then serve. If the weather is nice, go outside to grill barbecue chicken, and pair it with that potato salad and a side of baked beans.
Cobb Salad Unlike the Nicoise salad, the Cobb features finely chopped hard-boiled eggs with a multitude of chopped ingredients that aren't as healthy for you, but still taste great. Follow Smitten Kitchen's recipe by filling up a bowl with chopped tomatoes, chicken or ham, bacon, avocado, romaine lettuce and crumbled blue cheese. Toss it all in Ranch dressing, a lemony vinaigrette, balsamic or honey mustard dressing.
Gribiche Sauce Gribiche sauce is a traditional sauce made from hard-boiled eggs. David Lebovitz provides an easy recipe for it. Remove the yolk, then smash it and combine with Dijon mustard. Add olive oil and vinegar, chopped egg white, gherkins and capers. Season with parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper. This sauce can be placed on top of fish (a white fish is preferred) or asparagus and halved hard-boiled eggs.
Breakfast Burrito Chop hard-boiled eggs, then stuff into a soft tortilla with sausage crumbles, shredded cheese, black beans, onions, bell peppers and avocado. Try a healthier version by chopping just the egg whites and filling the tortilla with spinach, feta cheese, and lean ham or turkey.
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