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chef_corey 10-05-2004 10:18 AM

Egg Salad
 
I love egg salad, my grandma (who is Hungarian) used to make it the best... im not sure if it was the best because she made it special or just because she made it....

Anyway i am attempting to make it for the first time... I am an accompished hobby chef (meaning i love to cook and have cooked a lot of stuff but am no pro) but have never made egg salad

Id love to hear some tip from people who make a mean egg salad... do i need to chill the hard boiled eggs in water before i cut them up? I think i remember Grandma doing that...

Any other ingredients that you think make YOUR egg salad special... or cooking techniques for that matter, would be appreciated!



thanks a lot,
C.

Audeo 10-05-2004 11:54 AM

Your grandmother probably DID chill the hardboiled eggs -- it makes them so much easier to chop! Here's the most popular egg salad recipe for my family:

8 hardboiled eggs, chilled, shelled and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 1.5 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
4 strips bacon, crumbled fine

Add everything together in a large bowl and blend carefully.

Alix 10-05-2004 12:03 PM

I think she likely tossed the eggs in cold water to stop the cooking. The eggs will continue to cook if you don't immerse them in cold water and then you sometimes have that nasty dark ring on your yolks.

chesterchippy 10-05-2004 12:12 PM

My grandmother (who was also Hungarian) overcooked her eggs. Yuck. The rest of her cooking was out of this world.

I make my egg salad like I make my deviled eggs. I use mayo (only Hellman's), pepper, paprika, and dry mustard.

Alix 10-05-2004 03:39 PM

Hey CC, how much dry mustard? I think I would like to try that.

chesterchippy 10-05-2004 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Alix
Hey CC, how much dry mustard? I think I would like to try that.

I don't know if I can say much more than "to taste," since it depends how many eggs you have. If you're using, say, 3-4 eggs, start with 1/4 tsp. Taste and adjust. You can always add - you can't take away. Start small and build.

Alix 10-05-2004 03:47 PM

Thank you. I think I am making egg salad rollups as our appetizer tonight.

kitchenelf 10-05-2004 03:57 PM

Well MY Grandma - who was ALSO Hungarian!!!! - actually never made us egg salad :roll:

But the simpler the better in my opinion. I think the reason she soaked them in cold water was just to cool them off before chopping so they wouldn't be too hot to handle.

I like just chopped or grated egg, JUST enough mayo to hold it together, a slight, slight bit of yellow mustard, and a slight, slight bit of pickle relish juice, salt and pepper.

chesterchippy 10-05-2004 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Alix
Thank you. I think I am making egg salad rollups as our appetizer tonight.

Well, God bless you. Appetizers at dinner? My family's appetizer is to hear me say "I said dinner is served! Sit the hell down!!"

Alix 10-05-2004 04:00 PM

LOL! Don't get the idea they get that very often...just when I feel like experimenting on them...MWA HA HA HA HA!!!


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