In the midst of a million and one things to do on my plate, I wanted something quick and simple for lunch. With not much in the fridge (tonight is grocery night), I went with an egg salad sandwich. Now, I rarely eat this. But there is something so comforting about a good egg salad. It reminds me of my grandmother and being young. I used to hate eggs but I loved her egg salad! I’ve toyed with many variations on the egg salad sandwich for years. It’s easy, we generally have the ingredients on hand and it’s tasty! I am not a fancy diner.. I prefer the simpler things in life! Much like my egg salad sandwich:
- 3 Hard-boiled Eggs (makes enough for leftovers)
- Parsley flakes
- Salt & Pepper
- Old-Style Mustard
It is amazing how many people cannot cook a hard-boiled egg. You’d think it would be so simple! It’s not. I swear it took me forever to perfect. Here is what I do:
1. Put enough water in a pot to cover the eggs. Boil the eggs in a covered pot for a minute or two.
2. Take the pot off the heat and set aside, still covered.
3. Leave the eggs for 15 minutes. The boiling water will cook the eggs.
4. Dump out the warm water and cover the eggs with cold water. You can either leave the eggs sitting in the cold water, or keep the eggs under running, cold water.
5. Crack the eggs with a spoon or fork and then peel the eggs. Voilà! Works for me every time. None of that nasty gray/green outline around the yolk of the egg.
Once the eggs are peeled, I mash them up with a fork in a bowl. Chop up some shallots and parsley (fresh or dried). Add some mayo – I used two tablespoons or so, more or less depending on how creamy you want it. Sprinkle in some paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Mix it all together.. it looks tasty, right?!
Now, this is where my grandmother would probably differ and shake her head. I’m sure she would think I’m odd for adding this.. but I put some old-style mustard onto my bread. Just a little bit! You don’t want to overpower the taste buds (old-style can be so good, so good! But yet so horrible if the quantity is not right.) It gives just the right amount of kick. Some people add pickles, I add grainy mustard! I also use thick bread and toast it. I like that extra little crunch you get from the toast.
And to top it all off, you guys? I have a glass of Ginger Ale with my sandwich. Sounds odd, but it works! Something about the flavours meshing. And again, it could very well be the nostalgia of when I was younger and clinging to these tastes from my youth!
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