Since Easter is right around the corner, it seems like a good time to talk about how to use up extra hardboiled eggs. Lucky for you, I recently had to use up thirty-six of them, and cooked eggs can’t be frozen without making the whites tough.
First, I let my three-year-old and my one-year-old eat as many as they wanted. This wasn't hard because they were reaching their fingers over the edge of the table trying to get at them. Incredibly, the three of us ended up eating ten the first day.
I’ll have to make hard boiled eggs as a snack more often! They’re cheap, nutritious, and easy to make. Though I have the feeling it’ll be a while before they want to eat them again.
As I looked at the remaining eggs, my first thought was, “Sriracha egg salad!” I love sriracha deviled eggs, a recipe I got from Budget Bytes. Beth is my food blog crush; at least a dozen of her recipes have made it into our family cookbook. Deviled eggs weren’t really an option for the mangled casualties I'd created, but any deviled egg recipe can be turned into an egg salad by simply chopping up the eggs and stirring them around.
Besides eating them plain, deviled eggs and egg salad are the most efficient ways to use leftover hardboiled eggs, and there are hundreds of ways to make them. (Include some ideas and a recipe here.)
By the way, you can put the egg salad on a leaf of iceberg lettuce or on crackers instead of bread.
This left me with 16 eggs.
I tried making a dish with rice, tuna fish, hardboiled egg, and soy sauce. It’s something I read about online. I was willing to give it a shot, even though the original blogger didn’t post amounts so I just had to guess.
It wasn’t great. Reheating it made it worse. But the dog loved it.
Down to 10.
During dinner while I ate my sriracha egg salad sandwich and the girls tried to wheedle their way out of eating egg, tuna, and rice, my husband had a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. He wasn’t happy when I told him his egg was going to be hardboiled instead of fried, nor was he happy that the Sam’s club bacon I bought was so thick it tasted like ham. He was a trooper and ate the sandwich anyway.
The remaining 8 were eaten on the side with breakfast for the next four days. Whew! All 36 eggs were eaten and not a single one thrown away!
(Okay, actually half of one of the eggs got tossed because my toddler got ahold of the salt shaker and poured it all over her plate. Not much I could do about that.)
I thought I'd be sick of eggs after eating that many, but I guess my body has adjusted to getting that much protein because lately, I've been craving them.
I could have also put the eggs on any lettuce salad. Cobb salad, Nicoise salad, and thirteen-layer salad specifically call for hardboiled eggs. You can even omit the lettuce and eat them with other vegetables, like avocado and red bell peppers. Or you can slice them up and eat them on vegetable and deli meat sandwiches or wraps.
There’s also potato salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, and chicken salad that call for hard boiled eggs.
Most Americans eat Ramen noodle soup plain, but in Japan, they put all kinds of goodies in it, including hard boiled eggs. Budget Bytes did a great article onother things you can add to Ramen soup.
Scotch eggs are hard boiled eggs wrapped in ground meat, rolled in flour and breadcrumbs, and deep fried. I had some in a British restaurant once. They sure eat weird food across the pond. It was good, though.
Eggs benedict calls for poached eggs, but you can swap it out for a hard boiled one If you’ve never had eggs benedict before, it’s pretty much the fanciest way to eat eggs: English muffin, slice of ham, and poached egg with hollandaise sauce poured on top. Yum!
Hopefully, that gives you enough ideas to help you use up all your leftover Easter eggs. If you have any other tips, let me know in the comments!