by Brenda Hyde
Add a few easy ingredients to boiled eggs you have a perfect luncheon or tea time dish for spring and summer get togethers.
Boil the eggs for 12-15 minutes, drain, and place under running cold water or plunge into a bowl of ice water until cooled. At this point you can store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days before using. ALWAYS refrigerate your raw and boiled eggs immediately. Once you make the egg salad be equally as cautious-you've added mayonnaise or salad dressing which doubles the risk of spoiling. Refrigerate right up until serving and leave out no longer than necessary.
Bread Ideas: homemade white or wheat, pita breads, buns of all types, or bagels. Serve it in a bread bowl and surround it with crackers for something different! Any of these recipes also make nice tea sandwiches. Spread on slices of bread that you've trimmed off the crust and cut into squares or triangles.
Dilled Egg Salad
8 eggs, hard boiled
1 tablespoon mayonnaise-light or regular
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 tsp. fresh dill, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 red onion, finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
Peel and chop the eggs. In a large bowl, combine the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, paprika, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well with a fork or wooden spoon.
Sweet Pickle Egg Salad
8 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet pickle
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 tsp. pepper
Combine all ingredients. Chill until serving time.
Spicy Egg Salad
8 eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Dijon style mustard
1 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
salt and black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients except the onion, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mash well or leave a little chunky if you wish. Stir in onion. Taste, then season with the salt and pepper.
Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer, wife and mom to three kids living in the Midwest United States. For more family friendly recipes and cooking tips visit Brenda at http://oldfashionedliving.com/recipes.html