Sunday, March 31, 2013

Egg-cellent Ways to Use Up Leftover Easter Eggs

Happy Easter everyone! Have you got much planned for Easter day today? We will be having our annual egg-hunting ritual, followed by creme eggs and some cute Easter bunny biscuits.

If you are going to have lots of leftover hard boiled eggs after your Easter egg hunt, this post may come in handy - some tips on how to use up those leftover Easter eggs. Click on the links and it will bring you to the respective recipes. This post first appeared on Great British Chefs website :)


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As a family with young children, our favorite Easter activity is definitely egg hunting on Easter morning. We would decorate the eggs with the kids on the eve of Easter and then pray hard that it would not rain the following morning.

Easter eggs


On Easter morning, we would hide the eggs all over the garden and send the children out on an egg hunt. The question is, once the egg hunt is over, what do you do with all those Easter eggs you have accumulated?

Hunting for Easter eggs

Here are several egg-cellent suggestions on how to put those leftover Easter eggs to good use.


Eating hard boiled eggs, the Chinese way

1. Eat them straight away

Not only do kids love hunting for Easter eggs, they also cannot wait to eat them! The easiest and simplest way of eating them is to peel and have them with some light soy sauce. This is how the Chinese like eating their boiled eggs.


Eggs mayonnaise sandwiches


2. Mayonnaise and eggs make a great pair

Add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise to every boiled egg and you have a versatile filling which you can use in wraps as well as sandwiches. A classic combination is cucumber with egg mayonnaise sandwiches, which you can make using any type of thin white or wholemeal bread and can be served for breakfast or afternoon tea. You can also use tortilla wraps and fill them with egg mayonnaise and a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, cherry tomatoes and grapes, for something different.



A Nutty Salad


3. Use them in salads

Boiled eggs are great in salads, and since they keep well you can make them for your packed lunches, picnics or even parties well in advance . They are also a great source of protein so you can substitute them for meat in your salads.

Try using boiled eggs in Salad Nicoise, Cobb Salad or you can even come up with your own salad creation - just put anything you like and make it your own. "A nutty salad" is my creation consisting of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, walnuts, almond flakes, croutons, bacon and hard boiled eggs with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.


Devilled Eggs with Shichimi and Olive 



4. Dress them up

With a few ingredients, you can transform an ordinary boiled egg into something quite delicious, such as Devilled eggs or Scotch eggs. My Devilled Eggs recipe contains a little butter to give the yolks extra creaminess plus Shichimi powder (Japanese 7-spice powder) to give it a spicy kick. For the kids, you can make this version of cheesy creamy boiled egg with dill for them - non-spicy but just as nice.

http://goodyfoodies.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-cooked-braised-pork-belly-with-soy.html
Braised pork belly with soy sauce and boiled egg(Tau Yew Bak)


5. Complement your main meal

In Malaysian cuisine, boiled eggs are often added to complement a main meal. Examples are nasi lemak (fragrant coconut rice served with various condiments), Hokkien prawn mee and braised pork belly with soy sauce.

Braised pork belly with soy sauce and boiled egg, also known as tau yew bak was a dish I often cooked when I was a university student in the UK and feeling homesick. The meat is braised until fork tender with melting layers of fat. Here's my family recipe for this dish, which has received approval from friends (including many British ones) who have tried this in the past. Recipe is shared on Great British Chefs website and can also be found on my blog here.


So, what are your favorite ways for eating hard boiled eggs?

21 comments:

  1. Easter or not, we eat a lot of eggs. It is just the perfect addition to any Asian meal. I also love them on salads and sandwiches.

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    1. Ah yes, that is true. I sometimes boil eggs when I am hungry at midnight :P

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  2. Hi Yen! I'm sure your kids had so much fun searching for Easter eggs in the garden:D Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks Ann, Happy Easter to you too. We certainly had a great Easter celebration today.

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  3. The tau yew bak looks mouthwatering... Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks, one of my fav ways to use boiled eggs.

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  4. Great tips in using up the hard boil eggs. I especially love the last one with pork belly! :P I usually make a similar pork belly dish with fried tofu to soak up the sauce! I think the egg yolk would do just the same. YUM! Wish you and your family a fabulous Easter Sunday!

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    1. There is quite a lot of sauce with the pork belly dish, usually we would have double helpings of rice just so we can have more of the sauce! Happy Easter to you too, Amy!

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  5. happy easter to you and your family, yen! hope the kids had a great time today eggs-ploring their garden for goodies and then enjoying their time eating those goodies :D

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    1. Thanks Sean, hope u had a great day too. We had a day packed full of Easter egg-citing activities!

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  6. I love egg salad sandwiches! I always go for them if I see them on a sandwich board :D I hope you all are having a wonderful Easter! :D

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  7. Yen , the last dish is really EGG-CELLENT ! Very yummy and appetizing . The next time I boil some eggs , I'm gonna eat it the way Baby D did :D

    Happy Easter to you and your family !

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    1. We also ate the Easter eggs this morning, Chinese style. Simple and nice!

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  8. I love eggs - in any form, in any way!!! Yum! Yum!

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  9. Hello Yen, Happy Belated Easter Day! I've been taking a short break from blogging since last Thu, hehe! Yoh last picture of the braised pork belly with boiled eggs have made me salivating now! The kids must have fun hunting for the Easter bunny!

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  10. Hi Baby Sumo, happy belated Easter. I love eggs too, without fail must have everyday.:)) Thanks for sharing your menu. Your kids must be very thrilled and excited hunting for Easter eggs. :))

    Best regards.

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