Are your tastebuds craving something other than the ordinary egg salad? With Easter concluding and the abundance of hard-boiled eggs we all get stuck with, having different options for unique egg recipes may just be what we need to save our palates from the blandness and boredom a typical egg salad brings. That said, the key to giving a new life to your leftover Easter eggs is by perfecting the art of boiling them. An impeccably dyed Easter egg may look perfect on the outside—all pretty with shades of pastel pink, blue, and yellow—but peeling its outer shell may reveal an ugly truth: Gray-green yolks that no one would dare eat—blech!
To avoid this, let a standard-sized egg stand in a pot for an average of 10 to 12 minutes. Small-sized eggs only require 8 to 10 minutes, while large and extra-large eggs average between 12 to 15 minutes. That green ring around the yolk forms when the eggs cook for too long, so be sure to set a timer. Having quality nitrile disposable gloves within reach does come in handy. Whether boiling or dyeing your Easter eggs, make sure to wear a pair of 1st Choice 6-mil black nitrile disposable industrial gloves, so you can give yourself and your hands that much-needed protection.
Here are several mouth-watering recipes to make with your leftover Easter eggs. Enjoy!
Deviled Eggs – The term “deviled egg” comes from a centuries-old culinary term that was used to describe a highly-seasoned dish that was either boiled or fried. Eventually, the term also included spicy, condiment-filled dishes that were made with eggs. In modern times, deviled eggs can be described as hard-boiled eggs that have been shelled, halved, and infused with a paste made of egg yolks and savory fillings like mayonnaise or mustard. They’re served cold as a side dish or appetizer during gatherings, parties, and other social events.
Egg Biryani – Also known as “anda biryani” in India, this dish is a wholesome one-pot meal made by cooking together fragrant long-grain basmati rice, spiced hard-boiled eggs, pureed tomatoes, caramelized onions, and select aromatic spices that leave a distinct punch in every bite. Those obsessed with eggs would sometimes add fried scrambled eggs on top of its core ingredient, the zesty hard-boiled egg. For anybody who would dare set their tongues on fire, adding pulao masala and a squeeze of lemon juice to an egg biryani provides that extra kick.
Chinese Tea Eggs – A cooking technique that originates from the east coast of China, and is traditionally made to preserve food, eggs steeped in black tea are now a popular Chinese snack among locals and Asian communities around the world. They’re also known as “marbled eggs” because the cracks in their shells create darkened lines with marble-like patterns. To make these eggs, first boil them until fully cooked inside, then remove their shells and proceed to steep them in a spiced tea mixture at low heat. The longer they’re allowed to steep, the richer the flavor will be.
Mutta Avial – Egg avial or mutta avial is a popular Kerala delicacy from South India made with hard-boiled eggs, ground coconut, select aromatic spices, and cooked Indian drumsticks (also known as Moringa tree pods). To prepare, boil several potatoes with a few spoons of tamarind paste until the concoction is soft, sweet, and slightly tangy. Next, grind some coconut, garlic, cumin seeds, green chili, and turmeric, then sauté. Create a silky gravy using the potato and tamarind stock, add in your eggs, and top it all off with dal tadka (lentils). As a bonus, adding raw cashews will elevate your egg avial’s flavor to new heights.
Scotch Eggs – Named after the establishment that invented them, William J. Scott & Sons is a well-known eatery that sold the “Scotties,” a type of hard-boiled egg wrapped in creamy fish paste with a coat of breadcrumbs for texture. In recent times, sausage meat is used instead of fish paste. They’re common “picnic food,” and are served hot with dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, hot sauce, or even mustard sauce. They’re sometimes served on a stick like the Scotch eggs found at the annual Minnesota state fair. They’re also available in most Renaissance festivals across the US.
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