Thursday, September 26, 2013

Affordable Eggs and Many Ways to Cook Them

Eggs are a staple around here.  We get a lot of "bang for our buck" with eggs and their many uses.  I saw an article yesterday listing (and explaining) 16 different ways to cook eggs!  I thought it was worth sharing here and bonus that this information is timely considering Fred Meyer has a dozen eggs on sale this week for $1.25, limit 4.

The article is published by All You Magazine and says simply, "Next time you buy a carton of eggs, try a different way to cook them."

1. Hard Boiled
2. Soft Boiled
3. Tea Eggs
4. Deviled Eggs
5. Scrambled Eggs
6. Sunny Side Up
7. Omelet
8. Poached
9. Baked Eggs
10. In a Burrito
11. Egg Salad
12. In a Fritatta
13. In a Quiche
14. Curried Eggs
15. Spanish Egg and Potato Tortilla
16. Eggnog

Some of my thoughts:
  • I definitely recommend hard-boiled eggs.  My girls love them for a snack and I feel good about giving it to them.  I typically let them use the egg slicer and they will fan the egg on their plate and apply salt and pepper artistically.  
  • I've never heard of tea eggs, and the picture doesn't look particularly appetizing.
  • Deviled eggs are my regular contribution to potlucks/snacks at church.  They cost less than a dollar to make and I almost never have even one egg left.
  • I love egg salad, particularly with a bit of bacon in it.  I've posted my favorite egg salad recipe below.  It's amazing . . . and full of stuff that's not very good for me . . .
  • We make egg casserole from time to time.  It's basically a crustless quiche.  Just whipped eggs in a casserole dish with some meat (sausage, bacon, or ham), potatoes, and cheese.  If I have them I'll put in onion (white, yellow, or green), tomatoes, or broccoli depending.  It's an easy way to use up small amounts of leftover meats & veggies.
  • Finally, I don't see Eggs Benedict.  I like to eat them but don't like to cook them.
  • My grandma also used to hard-cook eggs in a round ring and put them on english muffins with cheese and piece of canadian bacon.
Norman's Egg Salad
Recipe from "Cream Puff Murder" by Joanne Fluke
4 cups hard boiled eggs (about 1 dozen), peeled and chopped
1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 Tbl parsley, chopped
1/4 cup carrots, grated
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or fresh minced)
1/2 tsp onion powder (or 1 tsp fresh minced)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1. Peel and chop the hard-boiled eggs. Add the crumbled bacon, parsley and grated carrots. Mix well.

Put the cream cheese in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on HIGH to soften it. If it can be easily stirred with a fork, add the sour cream and mayo. Give the mixture about 10 seconds to settle.

Add the garlic and onion powder (or fresh minced). Stir well.

Add the cream cheese mixture to the bowl with the eggs and incorporate. Add salt and pepper to taste, chill and serve.
The eggs only need a coarse chop. The texture is better that way.

The egg salad can be served traditionally on bread, on a lettuce leaf, or even as the filling in a cream puff!

Yields approx. 12 sandwiches
Sooooo Yummy!  

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