An Easter egg hunt is fun for all participants, whether you’re planning the search, participating, or just watching your kids running around to hunt for the next egg. What’s not exactly fun is coming home with a basket full of hard-boiled eggs and brainstorming new recipes to use those eggs before they go bad.
Luckily for moms like us, so many mom-Instagrammers have put in their mind, thoughts, and efforts and came up with simple, interesting, delicious, and innovative recipes to consume these protein-rich treasures. We bring you some amazing recipes beyond the staple deviled eggs from these fantastic Instagrammers.
Things to keep in mind
Before coming to recipes on how to use the eggs, it is essential to make sure they are fit to consume.
- While a raw egg can last on the counter for a longer time, a boiled egg does not really have a long shelf life. A boiled egg can last up to 7 days in the refrigerator, although it is advised to consume it sooner than that.
- A boiled egg can go bad in 2-3 hours if left at room temperature.
- Place the Easter eggs in the fridge as soon as you can.
- Even if the egg was refrigerated, make sure to check and ensure that the egg has not gone bad.
- If you’re organizing an egg hunt at your own home, try to keep it indoor with the air-conditioning on.
- Boil the eggs freshly before hiding to give them more time to stay out and plan the hunt as the last activity, so you can put those eggs straight to use in a recipe or refrigerate immediately to increase their shelf-life.
- If you are taking kids to a community egg hunt, get in touch with the organizer and check when were the eggs cooked. They are usually freshly boiled, and you can feel them warm, but it is always better to check and be sure.
How to know if the egg has gone bad
The best and most trusted way of checking if eggs are still good to eat is the smell test. Peel off the shell. Slice the egg in half. Smell both the white and yolk of the egg. A bad egg has a strong pungent and sulphur-like smell. If it smells odd, just throw it away. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Egg-cellent recipes for using boiled Easter eggs
Here’s the list of our favorites:
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This is by far the easiest, yet also enticing thing to do to an egg. The recipe from @happy_mom_cooking suggests grilling the eggs on a wire rack. This can work best if you plan for an Easter meal following the hunt. Simply grill the eggs on the rack and guests can choose to use it on top of toast, toss it in a salad for an extra dose of protein, or straightaway gobble it down with salt and pepper seasonings.
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As simple as it sounds, avocado toast is a proven power meal as it brings the goodness of not just one but two superfoods to the table. It is quick to whip and keeps you full for a longer time, making it one of my go-to rushed morning recipes. The rich, creamy avocado spread goes perfectly well with hard-boiled eggs. Pair it with crunchy whole-wheat bread, and you’ve got a winner.
This perfect recipe from @Babyfoode for baby-led weaning can work as a power-packed breakfast for the whole family.
Chicken Russian salad
A bowl of chilled goodness by @Dash_of_flavourss! If you do not want to use leftover eggs as morning meals, this simple salad recipe makes a complete dinner. Just throw in some pasta, grilled (or boiled) chicken, boiled eggs, apple, and toss in the thick and smooth yogurt dressing and leave it in the refrigerator for an hour or two. The original recipe calls for mayonnaise and yogurt in the sauce, but I usually skip the mayonnaise and double the yogurt quantity, and it turns out simply delicious.
Egg Malai (cream) curry
If you are one of those who find eggs to be plain, old, and dull, this recipe by @Keto_with_jasmin is just for you. Full of flavor, color, texture, and spice, this is the perfect marriage of spices and flavors to health. This Indian-styled curry is filled with spices’ benefits, and its creamy texture makes it an ideal match with rice or naan.
If you are a fitness enthusiast or follow a keto or protein-heavy diet, you are in for a treat as the recipe is keto-friendly. But if you are an authentic food lover like me who needs dairy, sugar, and carbs on your plate, you can make a regular curry version using yogurt and milk in place of coconut milk. This is how I plan to put most of our Easter treasure hunt victories to use this year.
You did not really think we will leave without a mandatory egg salad recipe, did you? But don’t worry, this is not just another egg salad recipe. I would call it THE Egg salad recipe. With surprises of microgreens and walnuts and a gooey, creamy dressing of mayonnaise and curry powder. This salad from @Empowermefitness is the king of egg salads. The best part: You can make it in a bigger batch and refrigerate it, and it stays fresh for at least a couple of days, if not more.
Hard-boiled egg sliders
This is by far the most innovative upgrade eggs have ever gotten. Simply put, it is a BLT slider with buns replaced with egg. If you plan for an Easter brunch or lunch, these can make perfect appetizers by @Ketohood for a crowd, and you can just assemble them right after the egg hunt. Just prep the ingredients in advance and once you find all the boiled eggs, peel them, slice them, and put together these pretty and delectable sliders in just a minute. You can choose your preferred filling.
The original fillings call for lettuce, bacon, cheese, and tomatoes cut in bite-size portions.
Slice the eggs in half, layer the fillings on one slice of egg, and close it with another piece of egg with a toothpick to hold everything in place.