When you have little ones, it's aridiculous amount of fun to paint Easter eggs and then hide them for the hunton the big day. Kids will be thrilled to find their prizes, and you'll enjoyyourself whether you help them in their search or just watch from afar.
But then comes the aftermath:what do you do with all of those brightly-colored hard-boiled eggs? Lots ofpeople just toss them, but eggs are expensive! You were smart and decided tokeep them refrigerated until right before the big hunt, then quickly put themback in the fridge as soon as it was over, carefully checking for any cracksand tossing those eggs.
But now what? Here are a fewideas on how to use those extra eggs to add a little something special to yourmeal plan.
Macaroni egg salad. It's a little update on the old standby thatgives you an unexpectedly hearty meal or side. To serve 4, you'll need:
2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni
2 chopped hard-boiled eggs
¼ cup of chopped onion
2 chopped celery ribs
½ cup of mayonnaise (or substitute sour cream)
1 tsp. of prepared mustard
2 tsps. of cider vinegar
2 tsps. of sugar
1 tsp. of salt
A dash of pepper
The macaroni should be cooked and drained first, followingthe directions on the package. Then, in aseparate bowl, mix the mayo, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Oncethat is combined, add the celery and onion. Finally, mix in the chopped eggsand macaroni, and refrigerate until you're ready to serve!
Hard-boiled empanadas. This simple and delicious treat is sure toplease everyone. You'll probably want to play around with the amounts on theseingredients, but typically four empanadas requires:
4 puff pastries
1 lb. ground beef/turkey/chicken
½ chopped onion
4 chopped hard-boiled eggs
½ cup black olives
¼ cup of raisins or cranberries for sweetness(optional)
¼ tsp. of cumin
Pinch of paprika
First things first, make sure you take the puff pastries out of the freezerin enough time for them to thaw. The instructions should be clear on this, but oftenit will take an hour or more. While you're waiting, mix the cumin and paprikainto the meat for some spice, then add the chopped eggs and onion, and toss inthe olives and raisins (or cranberries) if you want a little bit of sweetness.Mix everything well, then stretch out the puff pastry dough and divide themixture into them equally. Seal the pastries carefully, then deep fry untilgolden brown or bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the puffs are crispy andgolden.
Scotch eggs. This decadent dishisn't something you can have often, but it's amazing once in a while. To servefour people, you'll need:
4 hard-boiled eggs
2 pounds of pork sausage
4 eggs, beaten
4 cups of dried, seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 quart of oil
Tostart, preheat your oven to 350, and heat the quart of oil in a deep fryer orlarge pan to 375. Peel the shells off of your hard-boiled eggs and cover eachone in sausage meat. Next, lightly flour the sausage-covered eggs and coat themwith the beaten egg, then with bread crumbs. Deep fry the eggs until they are anice light brown color, then remove them and cook them in the oven for another10 minutes and you're done!
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