The Easter bunny has come and gone, and the eggs, which have been hard-boiled and dyed with nontoxic coloring, now sit amid plastic Easter basket grass on the kitchen table. Don’t let those eggs go to waste. Here are five tasty uses for your leftover Easter eggs:
1. Egg salad
This may be an obvious solution for your excess eggs, but that doesn’t mean eating egg salad is any less enjoyable. Martha Stewart’s classic egg salad recipe calls for peeled and coarsely chopped hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, chopped celery, Dijon mustard, hot-pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Eat this on a sandwich with some lettuce or watercress for lunch. If you are tired of the same old egg salad, try to incorporate some non-traditional ingredients like curry, crawfish, cilantro or cucumber. Plus, if you are feeling creative, you can always make your own mayo.
2. Deviled eggs
Making deviled eggs leaves a lot of room for creativity. You can always go for the traditional picnic-style hard-boiled eggs. SimplyRecipes.com calls for Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, minced onion or shallot, Tabasco, salt, pepper and paprika. Eating Well suggests replacing some of the egg yolks with nonfat cottage cheese to reduce some of the fat. You can also throw in some shredded cheddar and crumbled bacon strips.
3. Toss them in a salad
Making a colorful classic Cobb salad is a great way to use leftover hard-boiled eggs. Chow.com’s recipe calls for coarsely-chopped romaine, watercress and Bibb lettuce, smoked turkey, tomato, crumbled blue cheese, avocado, hard-boiled eggs and scallions. Make a spinach salad with some crumbled egg yolks or pieces of hard-boiled egg.
4. Make cookies
Did you ever think to throw in a hard-boiled egg when you are making a batch of chocolate chip cookies? CookieMadness.net actually has recipes for different kinds of delicious-looking cookies made with hard-boiled eggs. For the double chocolate hard-boiled egg cookies, add flour, cocoa and butter in a food processor. Add one hard-boiled egg, light brown sugar and granulated sugar before pulsing again. Then add vanilla and sour cream, pulsing until the ingredients are mixed together. Put the dough in a bowl and mix in the chocolate chips. Separate the dough into two balls, which will have flecks of egg white and maybe yolk in them, but don’t be alarmed.
5. Scotch eggs
Scotch eggs are a different take on the pairing of sausage and eggs. To make this British pub favorite, take a hard-boiled egg, enclose it in whatever your sausage of choice may be and then deep fry. Bon Appetit’s recipe calls for sausage, hard-boiled eggs, flour, crushed corn flakes, vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Other recipes include breadcrumbs, various herbs and raw eggs. You can also bake your Scotch eggs for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees if you want to ditch deep-fried food.
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