Monday, April 25

Got Easter Egg-Hunt Leftovers? Make Egg Salad Sandwiches.

Looking for ways to use up Easter egg-hunt leftovers? Make an egg salad sandwich. Actually, make several egg salad sandwiches, one for each day this week, because today marks the start of National Egg Salad Week in the U.S. Yup. We love egg salad so much that we devote an entire week in its honor.

Our love for egg salad sandwiches runs deep, all the way to 1896. That's when one of the earliest printed recipes for a sandwich made with egg salad appeared in The Original Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, written by Fannie Merritt Farmer. Then with the introduction of sliced soft white bread in the 1930s, egg salad sandwiches became a brown-bag lunch staple as well as a common item at delis, diners, and cafeterias.

It's no surprise that the majority of egg salad sandwiches are eaten after Easter when many people are looking for tasty ways to use up Easter egg-hunt leftovers. While there are various ways to make egg salad, I favor grandma's fuss-free version: tangy, sweet, and creamy.

Don't fret if you don't have any leftover Easter eggs this week. May is National Egg Salad month. I know. As if a whole week in April weren't enough.

Egg Salad Sandwich
Makes 2
Printable recipe

4 eggs
1/4 cup mayo
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
2 thinly sliced scallions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices toasted white, whole wheat, or sourdough bread

1. Place eggs in a large saucepan and fill with enough water to cover by 2 to 3 inches. Bring water to a rolling boil and cook eggs 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Drain and cool eggs in a bath of cold water for 10 minutes. Peel eggs and let cool to room temperature. In a medium bowl, mash eggs with either a fork or a potato masher.

2. In a separate small bowl, mix mayo, mustard, relish, scallions, salt, and pepper. Pour over mashed eggs. Stir until combined. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before using.

3. Divide egg salad evenly between two slices of toasted bread. Close sandwiches, slice in half on the diagonal, and serve.

California Egg Salad Sandwich: Add slices of fresh avocado, watercress, and pea shoots and serve on multigrain or sourdough bread.

Here are more egg salad recipes you might enjoy:
Tarragon Egg Salad recipe from Simply Recipes
Smoked Egg Salad recipe from The Perfect Pantry
Jalapeno Egg Salad recipe from Homesick Texan
Curry Egg Salad Sandwich recipe from A Cozy Kitchen

Photo credits: Matt Armendariz


In Season said...

Probably my all time favorite, at Easter, or any other time of year!

Bee said...

Love love LOVE egg salad sandwiches! Unfortunately, since my brother and I are grown, our family has not done egg coloring in foreverrr... Maybe I'll have to hard boil some just for it though :)

LambAround said...

Mmm, I love egg salad sandwiches! I'm a fellow Camp Blogaway camper, flying in from Albuquerque. I figured I’d calm my nerves by saying hello to everyone online before this weekend, though it just seems to be getting me more excited (hence the 2am comment!) I’m looking forward to meeting you :)

~Danni with LambAround

claypotclub said...

Interesting idea. I'll try making this as mini tea sandwiches for a afternoon tea.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

in season-I'm glad to hear it!

bee-I know. We don't have any either, but that doesn't stop me from making this sandwich!

lambaround-How sweet of you. Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to meeting you as well. Cheers!

claypotclub-They would make lovely tea sandwiches.

Magic of Spice said...

I love egg salad but have not made it in awhile...thanks for the inspiration :)

Indian Recipe Book said...

Sandwich of egg is really a very new flavour for me. I really enjoyed it. You can also try this sandwich!!

Take 2 slices white bread

2 tbsp peanut butter, spread over one slice of bread
2 tbsp grape jelly spread over other slice

Put two slices together, dry side out.


averagebetty said...

Oh, Susan... it was so amazing meeting you. Thanks for spending all the special time with me talking cookbooks and IACP. My husband absolutely loves your cookbook, "Recipes Every Man Should Know" and his jaw dropped in laughter when he saw how you personalized it. Thank you.

I've never tried egg salad with sweet pickle relish -- I must. Immediately.

Erin said...

Hi Susan...
My review of your fantastic book is here.
Many thanks for sharing it - hope things are going well. How can it be bad when you've got bacon guac????

Jennifer Brody said...

I loved meeting you at Camp Blogaway, and can't wait to pick up a copy of this book. Sandwiches are my favorite. Hope we can stay in touch. Drop me a line if you're ever up in LA. I'd love to grab a bite or a drink.


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