What's For Dinner? Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs

By Heather Roberts | hroberts@wcia.com

Published 04/08 2014 03:07PM

Updated 04/08 2014 05:37PM

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Angel Eggs aka Deviled Eggs

Hard boil 8-10 eggs. Cool and peel. Cut horizontally and place yolk in a side bowl.
Place hard boiled white egg halves on plate or egg plate. Fill with your choice of filling. It can be any mixture that you prefer. Tweak it and try new ideas… guacamole, bacon,

*My Filling for deviled eggs….. May have to adjust as I never measure anything .

Mash hardboiled egg yolks with fork until fine as sand.
To this add:
Finely finely chopped onion (maybe 1/8 cup)
1 tsp minced garlic
Sweet pickle juice (maybe 2 T )
3T finely chopped sweet gherkins
½ cup Hellmann’s mayo (adjust to your likeness)
Salt and pepper

Egg Salad

Hard Boil 10 – 12 eggs. Cool and Peel. Diced into squares and place into bowl. Add the following into the bowl of diced eggs.

Finely finely chopped onion (maybe 1/4 cup)
Sweet pickle juice (maybe 2 T )
3-4T finely chopped sweet gerkins
1 cup Hellmann’s mayo (adjust to your likeness)
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp celery seed
½ tsp celery salt
Salt and pepper

Gently mix together. Chill.
Serve on bun, bread, toast, crackers or lettuce leaf.

Creamed Eggs over toast

6 hard boiled eggs , cooled, peeled and diced
2 TBLSP Butter
2 TBLSP Flour
2 cups milk or ½ & ½
1/8 tsp white pepper
Salt & Pepper to taste
(can add 1/8 tsp garlic, or granulated garlic to your taste)

1.Place egg in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water,add cold water and ice. cool, peel and chop.
2.Melt butter in saucepan, add flour until it forms into a ball. Slowly add the milk and stir until the sauce comes to a boil.
3.Stir the white pepper, salt, black pepper, and chopped eggs into the sauce; stir until the eggs are heated.
4.Serve over bread, toast, English Muffins, Croissants, cornbread or grits.

Get Smart About Boiled Eggs
Test for Freshness The best eggs for boiling are at least 3 days old. Very fresh eggs are harder to peel because the membrane between the white and the shell is not mature enough. Remember, even eggs in the same carton can be laid on different days, so it’s best to test them before cooking. One easy way to know the age of your eggs is to immerse them in cool water. As eggs age, the air pocket within them grows bigger and makes the egg more buoyant—the more buoyant, the less fresh. Eggs that lay on their side at the bottom of the pan are the freshest. An egg that stands on its end is still fresh, but a bit older. Eggs that float are ready for the trash.
Prep for Cooking Placing a carton of eggs on its side for a day prior to cooking will center the yolk in the white. Also, make sure to inspect your eggs for any visible cracks. Let your eggs come to room temperature before cooking. Eggs that are room temperature are much less likely to crack in the hot water. Eggs that are room temperature also take about 1 minute less to cook than eggs straight from the refrigerator. Pot size is important. Make sure that the eggs are in one even layer on the bottom of the pot (for even cooking). Limit your cooking batches to 1 dozen.
Coddle Your Eggs To cook the perfect eggs, use a method called “coddling”. It does not toughen the whites like boiling does. Cover the eggs with cool water, with about 1 inch extra water on top (too much extra water will take too long to bring to a boil). Bring the pot of water just to a boil. Immediately remove the pot from the heat, cover tightly, and let stand for 17 - 20 minutes (depending on the size of the egg).Watch the time carefully. Overcooking eggs is what causes the dark ring to form between the yolk and the white. Remove the eggs from the boiling water and place them in an ice bath (bowl of water and ice) for about 10 minutes before peeling or storing. The ice bath prevents the eggs from continuing to cook due to the heat that carries over. It also creates a layer of steam between the shell and the egg white, which will make peeling easier.
Store Smartly If you aren't using your eggs right away, wait to peel them. Boiled eggs can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. You can keep them in a bowl of cold water (if you change the water daily) or in an airtight container, without water, covered with damp paper towels.
Peel Easily If you’re boiled and uncooked eggs get mixed up, here’s an easy fix! Spin the eggs on their side. Cooked eggs will spin, uncooked eggs will wobble. This way, there are no surprises when you crack your eggs. To peel, submerge the eggs in a bowl of cool water. Cracking an egg under water helps loosen the membrane from the egg white. Under a gently running faucet, peel the egg beginning with the larger end (which is usually where the air bubble will be). Make sure you get a hold of the membrane when you’re removing the shell.

Know Your Eggs
By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen
If you aren't able to raise your own chickens like Paula, then get the eggs you want from your local market. What’s the difference between a Conventional egg and Cage Free egg? We consulted the U. S. Department of Agriculture to clarify egg carton labels.
Conventional: Hens live in stacked cages, usually four to eight chickens to a cage with at least 67 square inches of floor space per chicken.
Cage Free: Hens live on the floor of a barn rather than the outdoors or in a cage.
Free Range: Hens live outdoors or have limited access to the outdoors.
Organic: Hens are fed vegetables grown without any antibiotics, growth hormones or commercial fertilizers.
Omega 3: Hens are fed a diet containing ground flaxseed, which produces eggs containing slightly more polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Fresh eggs – Eat, cook and Bake.
Do NOT use a fresh egg for hard boil eggs…. Use 2 – 3 week old or 1-2 weeks past the sell by date. Check in water before boiling.
Eggs - After boiled and drained, add cold water, crack, add 2-3 T of baking soda to water and let sit for 5-10 mins while eggs are cooling. Will make shells slip off easier while peeling…..

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