Let's Get Crackin': 7 Dishes to Use Leftover Easter Eggs
If you find yourself stuck with a few dozen leftover Easter eggs next week, rest assured you aren’t the only one. More than 180 million eggs are purchased by PAAS-decorating enthusiasts come Easter Sunday, meaning that those bright and bejeweled breakfast giants really are a dime a dozen.
Because you and your family have been hard at work with these hard-boiled gems, pitching them should be a last resort—and chefs nationwide agree. As such, we’ve rounded up some of the cleverest ways restaurants coast to coast are using these protein-packed pods, from salads and sammies to pickled and panfried. Let’s get crackin’.
① Easter Bread
Carmine's (New York, NY)
At this Italian supper club, chef Glenn Rolnick has the perfect plan for eggs that never make it out of the crate. He bakes them into buttery brioche bread, heaps on sprinkles and serves up the delectable creation all day long on Easter Sunday.
② Caviar Deviled Eggs
Lacroix (Philadelphia, PA)
Things take a fancy turn at this award-winning Philly restaurant, where executive chef Jon Cichon decks out deviled eggs with pickled fennel, Dijon mustard and crème fraîche before garnishing them with fried shallots and paddlefish caviar (five grams, to be exact). Pinkies up, please.
Photo: Courtesy of Lacroix
③ Egg Salad
Jerry’s Sandwiches (Chicago, IL)
For a recipe that’s as quick as it is crowd-pleasing, try chef Mark Bires’s take on a classic egg salad. At this Chicago-based sandwich company, that means multigrain bread topped with soft-cooked eggs, aioli, mayo, celery, cilantro and chile-garlic paste.
④ Crispy Deviled Eggs
Jardin (West Palm Beach, FL)
A fried-up iteration of the classic deviled egg has quickly catapulted this dish to fan-favorite status at this West Palm Beach restaurant, where chef Jordan Lerman fills flash-fried hard-boiled eggs with chives, Tabasco, crème fraîche and Dijon mustard before topping them with pickled spicy green tomato, pomegranate molasses and sumac.
⑤ Fried Spanish Anchovies
Three Degrees (Portland, OR)
Forget scrambled and sunny-side up—at this Portland restaurant, chef Lauro Romero like his eggs pickled. His platter of tempura-fried Spanish anchovies and pickled vegetables, served alongside a hard-boiled egg, is pickled to perfection in white vinegar and hibiscus.
⑥ Pork Scallopini Sandwich
Red Star Tavern (Portland, OR)
At Portland’s Red Star Tavern, chef Dolan Lane tops a pork scallopini cutlet with a hard-boiled egg, Gruyère, salsa verde, whole-grain mustard and watercress before sandwiching it all between a brioche bun. The results? Rich and melty with a tangy pop.
Photo: Courtesy of Red Star Tavern
⑦ Chopped Salad
Nico Osteria (Chicago)
Mediterranean-inspired plates are the highlight at this Chicago resto, where chef Erling Wu-Bower tops a chopped salad of Tuscan kale, roasted pepper, salami, olives and garlic vinaigrette with a soft-boiled egg.
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