|This easy method will guarantee that your hard-boiled eggs are always perfect!|
(Updated March 2008 with many more ideas from bloggers for using hard-boiled eggs.) It's close to Easter, and all over America that means families will be boiling eggs until they are cooked hard and then dying them bright colors to go in Easter baskets. For years I just put eggs in a pan, added some water, and boiled them, often with mixed results. Imagine my surprise when I learned last year there's a right and wrong way to make hard-boiled eggs. If you use the correct method, your eggs will turn out perfectly every time, with firm yellow yolks, and no tinge of green or gray to the yolks.
After I read many, many, many, many, different opinions about the best method for making perfect boiled eggs, I experimented a bit, and here's my easy method, which gives great results. Don't miss the huge list of interesting ideas from other bloggers for using hard boiled eggs.
HOW TO MAKE PERFECT HARD-BOILED EGGS:
- Eggs that are too fresh are difficult to peel, so always keep eggs in the refrigerator for a week or two before making boiled eggs.
- For best results, take eggs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before cooking.
- Put eggs in a pan large enough to hold all the eggs in a single layer, with water to cover eggs by at least an inch.
- Bring water to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off heat and cover eggs. Set timer for 12 minutes.
- After 12 minutes, drain eggs, and add cold water with a couple of ice cubes. Let eggs cool at least 10 minutes in cold water, then drain and store in refrigerator.
Now, what to do with those hard-boiled eggs that are left over after Easter morning? There really isn't any doubt that deviled eggs are my favorite things to make with boiled eggs, and these are My Favorite Recipes for Deviled eggs.
I love this Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette, which is fabulous, even when you have to buy the tomatoes at Costco.
I also love this Balsamic Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola and Hard-Boiled Eggs.
A reader shared this idea for Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas, which is another great way to use leftover boiled eggs.
When I taught school, I'd often boil eggs and keep them in the fridge. Then in the morning, I'd peel two eggs and put them in a baggie with Vege-Sal, to eat on the way to work. (In the car! I know you're shocked! Not the greatest breakfast, but better than no breakfast at all when you're having a busy week.)
Here are lots more ideas for boiled eggs that I've been collecting through the years. (Let us know in the comments if you have another great idea for using boiled eggs.)
Fun Ideas for Easter Eggs:
Shaped Hard Boiled Eggs from Coffee and Vanilla
Hard-Boiled Ruby Eggs from A Veggie Venture
Hard Cooked Egg Cookies from Baking Bites (formerly Bakingsheet)
Marbled Beetroot Eggs from Nami Nami
Colorful Cinnamon Easter Egg Macarons from Ms. Adventures in Italy
How to Make Golden Chocolate Easter Eggs from The Kitchn
Natural Easter Egg Dyes from Just Braise
Tsoureki (Easter Bread with Boiled Eggs) from Pro Bono Baker
Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs from Nook and Pantry
Tips for Prepping Easter Eggs from Baking Bites
Deviled Eggs of Every Type:
My Favorite Recipes for Deviled eggs from Kalyn
Deviled Eggs from The Domestic Goddess
Eggs Stuffed with Smoked Salmon and Caviar from Amuse Bouche
Asparagus and Pesto Filled Eggs from Lucullian Delights
Wasabi Deviled Eggs from Coconut and Lime
Curry Deviled Eggs from Cooking with Amy
Shrimp Deviled Eggs from Bitten
Pesto Deviled Eggs from What Did You Eat
Egg Curries from Around the World:
Sri Lankan Egg Curry from One Hot Stove
Curried Eggs from The Old Foodie
Indonesian Egg Sambal from Morsels and Musings
Hard-Boiled Eggs in Red Lentil Curry from Limes and Lycopene
Delicious Egg Salad Variations:
Ham and Egg Salad Rolls from The Passionate Cook
Egg Salad Sandwich from Simply Recipes
Easy Egg Salad from Pinch My Salt
Egg Salad Sandwich from 101 Cookbooks
Curried Egg Salad from 101 Cookbooks
Stinky Tuna and Egg Salad from Nosheteria
Deviled Egg Salad from A Fridge Full of Food
Spiced Egg Salad from Field to Feast
A Lighter Egg Spread from A Wee Bit of Cooking
Salads that Include Boiled Eggs:
Balsamic Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola and Hard Boiled Eggs
Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Salad from Simply Recipes
Fennel Salad with Boiled Eggs from A Veggie Venture
Beet Carpaccio from A Veggie Venture
More Creative Recipes from Food Bloggers Using Boiled Eggs:
Four ideas for boiled eggs from Family Food
Leeks with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Olives from Something in Season
Kedgeree from Nami-Nami
Niko Niku Ramen with Boiled Eggs from Chubby Panda
Son-in-Law Eggs from Real Thai Recipes
Son-in-Law Eggs from Rasa Malaysia
Jac's Meatloaf with Boiled Eggs from The Food Pornographer
Boiled Eggs with Green Onions, Bell Peppers, and Ginger from Cookthink
Egg Pakoras from Lisa's Kitchen
Lazy Easy Tea Eggs from Just Bento
More from BlogHer:
I wrote about What to Make from Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs at BlogHer.