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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Egg Salad

The other day I got a craving for egg salad. Now, I cannot even remember the first time I had Egg Salad because it is one of those dishes I did not grow up eating. Once I tried it, I liked it. So every once in a while I crave it.

So here I am craving Egg Salad. Luckily, the week before a friend at work had given me some fresh eggs. Yes, really fresh eggs. She has chickens at her house and every once in a while, she surprises me with a dozen fresh eggs. Plus, I get to hear her chicken stories. her chickens are always up to wacky antics and, of course, nonsense and shenanigans.

She loves telling me about how each of the chickens has her own personality. She tells me about how she pets them and when she comes into the hen house, they all come to her for a little love. Her stories are hilarious.

The best part though is that those girls lay some delicious eggs. If you never had fresh eggs, you need to find some. They do taste better. They are just more flavorful.

Since I did not grow up eating Egg salad, I really don't know how to make Egg Salad. I don't even use a recipe. This is one dish that I have guessed as to what is in it and go from there. Egg Salad is easy and versatile. It is one of those dishes that you can do anything with. I have had all different types. I like mine simple.

Armed with my fresh eggs, I just improvised and came up with a delicious Willy-Nilly version. My Egg Salad is always different. I decided that I could use my Deviled Egg recipe and go from there. I would subtract and/or add ingredients as needed.

Start by boiling the eggs. Oh boy, there is a whole school of thought on how to boil eggs. Every time I watch a Food Network show or read a recipe everyone has an opinion. I usually just start with a pot filled with cold water. Add the eggs and boil for about 6-7 minutes. Then I turn off the heat and let them sit in the hot water. They will continue cooking.

Why this way? Well, I can't remember what Food Network chef I learned it from but, apparently, this will allow the eggs to cook and they won't get that greenish coating around the yolk. I have no idea why this is bad but, apparently, it is. I leave them there about 15-20 minutes and then start peeling them.

Once peeled, I mash up the eggs (7 eggs). I used 7 eggs so I could have some leftovers. I add some mayo. Real mayo, thank you very much. I can't tell you how much but about a tablespoon. If you need more then you just add more. Then I added some powdered mustard. Some people use real mustard but I find it is too strong. I love me some French's yellow mustard but not for Egg Salad or Deviled Eggs. The powdered mustard gives you the same flavor profile but it is a smoother taste. I also add salt, pepper and paprika.

If I were making Deviled Eggs, I would add some red wine vinegar but I don't do that for Egg Salad. What I do add to Egg Salad is a little relish. I use prepared relish that I use for my hot dogs. I add in just a teaspoon to get the crunchiness. I use this because I want texture but I do not want the crunch of fresh celery or onions.
For me, Egg Salad is all about the eggs. I want to make sure the flavor of the eggs comes out. I mix all these ingredients together and then it is ready to eat. This recipe cannot be any simpler.

You can eat it alone. You can serve it on a bed of lettuce. I love my Egg Salad on bread. I also love eating an Egg Salad sandwich with a nice cup of coffee. My craving was satisfied and I have to say that it was absolutely delicious.

Buen Provecho!


11 comments:

  1. That's exactly what I need for dinner tonight! Gracias por recordarme que tambien me gusta!
    Kelly G

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  2. Ay, mujer, now I want some egg salad. Mmmm... Que rico. Thanks for sharing, Chica Tica.

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  3. Wow, that looks yummy. You take great foody photos.

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  4. This looks sooooooo yummy! Lovely blog!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  5. Egg salad is one of my biggest fixations. LOVE it!!

    Maria Delgado

    http://mariadelgado32302.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love your thorough recipe posts! For some reason I can't eat hardboiled eggs plain, but I can totally devour an egg salad sandwich! Yum!

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  7. it took me years to find a good way to cook eggs, everyone has their own way! i like marthas way, eggs in the water, bring to a boil, then cover and sit for 5 min off the heat.

    the trick is, remembering you are boiling the eggs so you know when they start to boil.

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  8. I love egg salad. I've always enjoyed my dad's. It looks rather simple. Something I think I could try and not mess up.

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  9. Will have to give this a shot, I've never been a big egg eater but this looks delish!

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