Easter is tomorrow and what are we all going to do with those massive amounts of hard-boiled eggs from our Easter Egg dyeing projects? I’m sure we are all going to make Classic Egg Salad – lots and lots and lots of Classic Egg Salad!
I happen to love egg salad, however, I don’t make it but a couple of times a year. And, this Classic Egg Salad recipe was taught to me by my mother, Jo, who had 4 kids to raise that were picky eaters, as most kids are at some phase of their young lives. Because we were picky eaters, this recipe has no bells and whistles, no frills and flourishes – just hard-boiled eggs and mayo. That’s it. Nothing else.
Between two slices of fresh, nutty whole-grain bread, it’s delicious and satisfying – creamy, eggy goodness in every bite bringing back fond childhood memories of Mom in the kitchen cooking for us!
The above photos are of my glamorous mother, Jo, in the kitchen cooking for us. She was (and still is) quite beautiful and always looked like this – every day! I don’t know how she did this with 4 kids, even if she was a stay-at-home mom for the first 12 years of my life. She didn’t have a maid plus she was a Girl Scout Leader and she actively supported all of us in our various sporting activities. Somehow she made it all work and made it look effortless.
Back to the eggs! Anyway, here’s what you do to achieve my mother’s Classic Egg Salad in all of its simplicity:
Select your eggs. For this recipe, I’m using leftover hard-boiled eggs from my Easter project.
Peel your eggs and rinse them under cold, running water to make sure all eggshell bits and pieces are removed. Because I used fresh eggs for my egg dyeing project, they were hard to peel, creating pock-marked eggs. To learn how to make eggs that are easy to peel, read my Hard-boiled Eggs recipe post from Thursday. Here’s a link: Hard-boiled Eggs.
I have this handy-dandy gadget called a Vidalia Chop Wizard. It’s a great little tool and I’ve had it for many years. I’m writing a post about it next week, so stay turned. If you don’t have this tool, you will need to chop your hard-boiled eggs by hand.
Place you egg on the cutting surface.
Press the handle down and voila’ – chopped eggs fall into the measuring compartment!
It took me all of 30 seconds to chop 6 six eggs! And, all the parts to the Vidalia Chop Wizard go in the dishwasher!
Now you have two choices: you can leave the chopped eggs in the Vidalia Chop Wizard and mix them with mayonnaise right there or you can transfer them to another bowl – such as a storage bowl. I chose this bowl so that I could take a pretty picture!
Add just a dollop of mayonnaise – this is about 2 tablespoons. You can always add more, if needed, but you can “subtract” it once it’s mixed into the eggs! Better to add more as needed, and not have to throw it out because you put too much mayonnaise in it!
If you want to “make it pretty”, place the finished Classic Egg Salad in the middle of a bowl lined with Butter lettuce.
Or, choose your favorite bread and make a sandwich.
This is Charlie’s sandwich. I put Butter lettuce on it for him.
Or, if you are a “purist” like me, egg salad between two slices of wonderfully fresh bread is perfect!
Classic Egg Salad Sandwich in all its glory! Notice the tint of pink on the right? Pink Easter Egg – it was all over my hands, too!
Here’s the recipe:
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, cold from storing in the refrigerator
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (more if needed)
- Salt (optional)
- Pepper (optional)
- Peel the hard-boiled eggs and rinse under cold water.
- Chop the eggs into small chunks and place in bowl.
- Add mayonnaise, a little at a time, until desired taste and consistency has been achieved.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce or make sandwiches.
P.S. Don’t have a Vidalia Chop Wizard? Visit our Amazon store at Shop Toot Sweet and look in the Kitchen & Housewares section. It’s a wonderful kitchen tool that makes fast work of vegetables, hard-boiled eggs and some fruits like strawberries.
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