When it comes to egg preparation, you really can't get more versatile than hard-boiled. Whether you peel and eat them as is, devil them, or make them into their own salad, this is one satisfying food. But don't stop there — it's time to break out of your shell and explore all the other eggcelent possibilities.
5 Amazing Ways to Eat Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs will always be perfectly delicious cracked, peeled, lightly sprinkled with salt, and eaten just the way they are, but there are some quick and easy ways to make even the simplest preparation better.
We all know the tried-and-true ways to eat our fill of hard-cooked eggs — it's not likely you'll ever catch me passing up a deviled egg or a classic egg salad sandwich — but it's time to really jazz up those go-tos and add some new (and some surprising) methods to the mix.
1. Cooked Caesar Salad Dressing
Makes about 1/2 cup
Not quite up for using the raw egg yolks called for in classic Caesar dressing? Not a problem: Swap them out for a whole hard-boiled egg instead. With the help of some lemon juice, Dijon mustard, anchovies (which are optional, but highly recommended) and olive oil, it blends into a smooth and creamy salad dressing.
In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine 1 peeled hard-boiled egg, about 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 3 anchovy fillets (optional), 1 peeled clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of salt, and fresh-ground black pepper and process until smooth. While still running, slowly drizzle in 1/3 cup of olive oil, processing just until emulsified.
2. Brûléed Hard-Boiled Eggs
Adventurous eaters, this one's for you! I first saw this amazing idea on Bon Apétit, and just had to give it my own little riff with hard-boiled eggs and turbinado sugar. This sweet and salty snack is one for the books.
Cut a peeled hard-boiled egg in half lengthwise, sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt (like Maldon) and turbinado sugar. Then use a kitchen torch or broiler to melt the sugar.
3. Avocado Egg Salad
Forget eggs on top of your avocado toast — it's time to add the avocado to your eggs. Skip the mayo and use mashed avocado with a super-creamy texture and a lighter flavor. Serve it between bread, or on top of Wasa crackers or greens.
In a medium bowl, stir together 2 peeled and chopped hard-boiled eggs, 1/2 mashed avocado, 1 teaspoon ground mustard, 1 diced celery stick, salt, and fresh-ground black pepper.
4. Mediterranean Tostada
This Mediterranean take on a tostada is your answer to just about any meal or snack of the day. It doesn't get more versatile than this.
Lightly brush a corn tortilla with olive oil, then heat on the stovetop until crisp. Top with a layer of mashed roasted red peppers (homemade or store-bought), 1 peeled and sliced hard-boiled egg, and chopped fresh parsley.
5. Warm Flavored Olive Oil
Let's face it — sometimes the most satisfying way to eat a hard-boiled egg is out of hand, straight from the shell. It's hard to beat simplicity — especially when it involves flavored sea salt (like truffle, chipotle, or garlic), fresh-ground black pepper, and olive oil. Heat the oil up for a particularly delicious treat.
Slice a peeled hard-boiled egg in half, drizzle with warm olive oil, and sprinkle with flavored sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
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