We keep at least half a dozen hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for times when we're on the go and need a quick snack. Often, we eat them sliced in half with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, or we just make some deviled eggs or a quick egg salad—but these gets old very quick, and our creativity tells us to do otherwise.
Thus, we bring forth these 10 eggspirational ideas. We guarantee you'll have a hard time going back to your normal routine after trying a few out.
The combination of eggs and bacon doesn't have to be just for breakfast. Add a sliced hard-boiled egg to your BLT or, even better, give that BLT a bacon weave to get that beautiful bacon and egg combo in every bite.
Yes, you read that right. You can brûlée your eggs. To make an egg brûlée, simply cut the hard-boiled (or steamed or baked) egg in half and sprinkle it with salt, then top with sugar and use your blowtorch on it.
English muffins, hard-boiled eggs, tomato slices, and mozzarella come together magically to make mini egg pizzas. Perfect in the morning. Perfect in the afternoon. Perfect in the evening. Perfect, all around. Real Simple has a tasty recipe you can follow if need be.
The earliest printed recipe for Scotch eggs occurs in Maria Rundell's book A New System of Domestic Cookery from 1809. These days, Scotch eggs are common as a picnic and gastropub goodies and consist of hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, breaded, and fried (or baked). Bon Appétit boasts a killer recipe that's good for beginners.
Avocado toast is one of our favorite snacks. Add some sliced hard-boiled egg to your toast, a few dashes of hot sauce, some fresh ground pepper, and a little sea salt (or even fleur de sel) for a divine treat. If you're looking to make your avo toast extra fancy, try your hands at avocado ribbons.
We know. We like soft, cheesy scrambled in our breakfast burritos, too. But with a surplus of eggs on hand, why not throw some of those hard-boiled babies into your burrito? For a fun variation, we suggested chopping the eggs and mixing them with your other ingredients in a large bowl (avocado, beans, salsa, veggies, etc.). Wrap them all in a tortilla and enjoy.
Eggs à la Goldenrod came gallivanting into our food world by way of Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book from 1956, even though it's been around since at least 1896. In Betty Crocker's recipe, this pretty dish consists of hard-boiled egg whites that are creamed with butter, flour, and milk and served over butter toast with yolk sprinkled on top.
For an easy take on pickled eggs, Naomi Imatome-Yun recommends throwing them into your leftover pickle brine. Just like those big jars you see at the country store or the fair, pickled eggs may find their place in your fridge quite often once you try this delectably salty trick.
Hard-boiled eggs are wonderful to have on hand to toss in a salad. Some of our favorites include salad nicoise with a chilled glass of rosé and the ever-famous Cobb salad with blue cheese and chunks of thick bacon.
Sometimes leftover hard-boiled eggs result in the best excuse to throw yourself a good old-fashioned tea party. Classic tea sandwiches on soft white bread with egg salad are pillowy and elegant and take all but a minute to throw together.
With these 10 ideas now at hand, may you never look at that hard-boiled egg and feel boredom ever again.
Have any favorite things you do with hard-boiled eggs? Let us know in the comments below. We're always looking for more creative ideas to put to use in our kitchen.