RICHMOND, Va. - You may have decorated hard-boiled eggs in celebration of the Easter holiday, and you may be tired of eating those boiled eggs in their current form. Mary Rapoport, current affairs director with the Virginia Egg Council, invited us into her kitchen via Zoom to share best practices for managing your leftover hard-boiled eggs and how to revitalize them in creative, yet classic, recipes. To learn more about the Virginia Egg Council, visit their website.
What to do with all those leftover Easter eggs?
· If eggs have been kept clean and cold (not left out of refrigeration for longer than two hours), and food-grade dyes were used, it’s safe to eat them within one week.
· Problems peeling? You probably used super fresh eggs. Try putting the eggs in a bowl of very hot water for a few minutes, crack all over and start peeling from the top. Use a small spoon, turned upside down to help lift the shell.
· Once eggs are peeled, keep them refrigerated and enjoy them within four days. The eggs you don’t plan to enjoy right away should be kept shells on, in the refrigerated. Enjoy within 1 week.
Basic Egg Salad
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled & chopped
¼ - ½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup chopped celery
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients. Chill. Serve on sandwiches, with crackers, or with veggies as a dip.
Serves 3 - 6
Egg Salad Open ‘Faced’ Sandwiches
Egg Salad (recipe above)
6 Bread slices or English muffins halves, toasted
Cherry tomatoes, pepper strips, olives
Layer egg salad on toasted bread or English muffin halves. Decorate with cherry tomatoes for eyes, pepper strips for a smile and an olive for a nose. Place one or two ‘faces’ on each plate and enjoy!
Raspberry Smoothie with a Protein Kick
1 cup Cranberry Juice (or your favorite juice)
1 frozen banana
½ cup raspberries, frozen or fresh
1 hard-boiled egg, peeled
Combine the juice, banana and berries in a small blender, blending until smooth. Add the egg and blend under egg is no longer visible. Enjoy!
Hard-boiled eggs peeled
Herbs or dry seasonings of choice
Place eggs on a stick and dip in herbs.
Each egg pops
Best-Ever Avocado Toast
1 slice toast
¼- ½ ripe avocado, mashed or sliced
1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
Olive oil, salt and pepper
Spread or layer avocado on toast. Then layer on the sliced egg. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Also consider: Add them to potato salad, top a simple veggie salad for some protein, make Deviled Eggs, put through a sieve for a garnish; grab for a quick snack.