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Handling Hard-Cooked Eggs

Hard-cooked eggs are the unsung heroes of spring celebrations everywhere, and we’ve got a trove of fast and fun ideas to get them out of their shells and onto the table.

After all the hustle and bustle of egg dyeing, hiding and finding has passed, something remains – and you know I’m not referring to the hollow chocolate bunny (scientifically proven to disappear first from any Easter basket). Hard-cooked eggs are the unsung heroes of spring celebrations everywhere, and we’ve got a trove of fast and fun ideas to get them out of their shells and onto the table. 

6 Quick Fixes

Gravitate to these solutions for snacks in a pinch or a satisfying no-brainer lunch.

  1. Dip a peeled egg in a mix of smoked paprika and coarse sea salt for a protein-rich snack.

  2. Make quick pickled eggs by adding peeled eggs to brine leftover from dill pickles, or add them to a jar of pickled beets for a magenta-colored treat.

  3. Enjoy open-face egg “melts” for breakfast or brunch: Layer sliced eggs on your favorite bread, top each with slivers of cheddar or mozzarella and broil until the cheese melts.

  4. Push eggs through a sieve and use as a garnish for salads or cooked vegetables (it’s classic on asparagus!).

  5. Add chopped eggs to creamy potato salad or macaroni salad.

  6. Speaking of salads, hard-cooked eggs give Tuna Salad Niçoise, spinach or Cobb salads a tasty protein boost.

7 Longer Term Commitments

You’ve already done the hard work of cooking and cooling the eggs, now treat them (and yourself!) to a more in-depth preparation.

  1. Deviled eggs top our list – mash the yolks and refill the whites with flare using some of our favorite recipes like Deviled Eggs with Shrimp and Watercress and Green Onion Deviled Eggs

  2. Make a batch of egg salad with mayo, sweet pickle relish and lots of crunchy celery. Add a few pinches of curry powder and some sliced almonds for an easy change-up.

  3. Our friends at Food52 unearthed James Beard’s Strawberry Shortcakes, which rely on hard-cooked egg yolks for adding a light richness to the delicate cakes.

  4. Blended into meatball recipes, hard-cooked eggs find a (barely detectable) home.

  5. Hard-cooked eggs can also be engulfed whole in a meatloaf mixture before baking. When the meatloaf is sliced, the sunny egg makes an appearance at the center of the loaf.

  6. Try as a filling for enchiladas or tacos, doused in a savory pumpkin seed sauce (we like the one from this recipe).

  7. Drop hard-cooked eggs into a simmering curry sauce and you’re ready to put egg korma on your table.

Deviled Eggs with Shrimp

How do you take advantage of the glut of hard-cooked eggs spring brings? Let us know below, and be sure to enter our Darned Good Deviled Eggs contest.

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