Don’t you think comfort food seems to take on even more significance the older you get? It definitely has its place in college, but especially post-collegiate life…I don’t know, people seem to value it more, want to share recipes with each other, etc. and I love that! I wanted to share one of my favorite comfort foods: egg salad. My dad makes it best and it was my favorite Sunday meal growing up (especially when accompanied by a bottle of cream soda and some cheese flavored Pringles).
One of the best things about egg salad is that it functions perfectly as a quick weekday meal (I love taking it to lunch) and equally well as an appetizer when entertaining. It’s nearly foolproof and completely customizable, not to mention very inexpensive and easy to make. Here it is in appetizer form, complete with some of everyone’s favorite toppings: pimento peppers, capers, and green onions. Who said you have to go to afternoon tea to enjoy mini egg salad sandwiches?!
If you’re an egg salad fan, have you tried adding an extra ingredient(s)? What are your favorites?
Egg Salad Three Ways
Makes three small servings (six of what are pictured above)
– 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
– 6 tablespoons mayo
– 1 teaspoon mustard (I used Dijon)
– black pepper to taste
– bread or crackers for serving (I used a loaf of French bread…try small slices of white bread for the “afternoon tea” version)
– capers, finely chopped green onions, or finely chopped pimento peppers (also known as hot + sweet cherry peppers) (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, chop the peeled eggs into small pieces. Add the mayo, mustard, and pepper to taste and stir gently until well-combined. Stop here if you’re making basic egg salad (without add-ins).
To make three varieties, divide the large batch of egg salad into three separate bowls.
For the pimento version: Finely chop two large pimento peppers and stir into the egg salad.
For the capers version: Stir in no more than 15 capers per two eggs, unless you want it to be pretty salty!
For the green onion version: Finely chop one long piece of green onion and combine with egg salad. Definitely taste test along the way!