5 Delicious Recipes for Hardboiled Eggs

posted: 03/21/16
by: Blythe Copeland

If you've found yourself with dozens of dyed eggs -- and a family who forgot the eggs even existed as soon as they saw the pounds of chocolate and jellybeans in their Easter baskets -- then you might need a few ideas for making the most of those leftover eggs. While single eggs make fast, easy, and healthy snacks, you can also sneak them into your family's menu with these salads, sandwiches, and sides.

1. Egg salad

Egg salad may be the easiest way to use hardboiled eggs -- aside, of course, from just peeling the shell and and eating them as they are -- and it's a dish that's easy to customize. Make a big batch for sandwiches for the whole family, or mash up just a single egg to spread on crackers for yourself. The traditional recipe calls for mixing the egg with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, diced celery, and onion, but you can adjust the amounts of each to your taste (or add other ingredients, like mashed avocado, dill pickles, red onion, paprika, or other spices).

2. Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs use many of the same ingredients as egg salad, but make for a prettier presentation (which may be why they were a staple at your all your grandmother's fanciest parties). Modern variations are endless: Replace the mayo with avocado for healthier take; use Greek yogurt paired with hot sauce and bleu cheese for buffalo-style eggs; top them with bacon; add Sriracha to the filling and top with garlic toast crumbs and minced cilantro; or pan-fry them for a unique dish that might just be your own new party go-to.

3. Spinach salad

Spinach salads topped with hard boiled eggs are a foolproof pairing perfect for lunch, packed with protein and vitamins -- and a base for a variety of toppings, often including bacon, mushrooms, and red onions finished with dressing made from red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. They're also an essential part of Cobb salad and Nicoise salad, and give simple Caesar salad a boost. Adding one or two hard boiled eggs to a basic bowl of greens can turn your salad from a side dish into a full meal.

4. Cold salads

If you don't like hardboiled eggs as the centerpiece of a meal, then adding them to cold side salads lets you take advantage of their rich flavor and health benefits without the eggy taste. They're a standard in plenty of summer potato salad recipes (like the American-style version from Julia Child and Jacques Pepin); they also work in pasta salad, especially when paired with their breakfast best friend, bacon. Or mix chopped hard boiled eggs with lentils, diced cucumber, red onion, and a vinaigrette dressing for a tasty side.

5. Sliced egg sandwiches

Skip the extra step of turning your hard boiled eggs into egg salad and, instead, simply slice them up for sandwiches. Top toast with eggs, tomatos, and pesto mayonnaise, or savor the unexpected combination of hard boiled eggs with roasted eggplant, hummus, pickles, and cucumber. Spread thick sandwich bread with mustard and mayonnaise and layer sliced eggs and watercress, or take your cues from Nicoise salad to create a sandwich stuffed with green beans, tuna, tomato, olives, and eggs.