12 Ways to Use Up Leftover Egg Yolks

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Have you made an airy pavlova or meringue lately? Or did the health nut in your family abscond with all the egg whites for his breakfast scramble, leaving you with an excess of egg yolks?

Don't be annoyed! Step up to the challenge and look at this as an opportunity to use these protein-packed, sunny spheres in new recipes. We promise that whatever you choose to make, it'll be delicious.

You can go as simple or as ambitious as you want when using up egg yolks. Want a weekend project? Make impressive giant raviolis with an egg yolk in each one. Something simple? Beat the egg yolk up and brush an unbaked pie crust with it to create a seal that will keep the crust from getting soggy.

Whether you've got one leftover yolk or five, here's a list of recipes, grouped together by number of yolks used, so that you can make something tasty and use them up at the same time. And if you don't have the time to use up your egg yolks anytime soon, remember that you can freeze them for later!

5 Egg Yolks

4 Egg Yolks

3 Egg Yolks

2 Egg Yolks

1 Egg Yolk

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