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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Have an Eggselent Egg Salad Sandwich for Lunch Today!



Egg salad is about as common as the bread it is served upon and there really isn’t any big secret about this recipe.  It’s just my version and Bill and I both like it.

Most recipes for egg salad include yellow prepared mustard or Dijon mustard.  They’re both fine however, I usually add ground mustard instead and the more you add, the more of a bite your egg salad will have.  Then there is a touch of ground tarragon, smoked paprika and seasoned pepper included in the recipe. 

Have you ever used smoked paprika?  To begin with, the color is a striking deep red that spreads through the dish you add it to.  Due to the slow oak smoking, it has an intoxicating smoky aroma.  There are different degrees of it from mild to hot and if you haven’t tried it, you are in for a surprise when using it.  It definitely adds some spice and a great taste to a dish!

I love pepper and am addicted to McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper Blend.  Have you ever used it?  I have been using it for years and just wish they would package it in a larger spice bottle.  It is a combination of course ground pepper and sweet bell peppers that is great and I do not cook without it!

Now, for making hard cooked eggs:    First of all, I have found from experience; do not use fresh eggs to boil as they are tormenting to peel.  I use eggs that are at least a week old.  Place eggs in a sauce pan with enough cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch; bring the water to a boil.  Remove the pan from the burner and cover with a lid.  Let it stand for a half hour, drain the water off and then fill the pan with cold water and let set for a couple of minutes.  Drain and refrigerate.  The eggs will have a smooth texture and there will be no green/grey rings around the yolk.

So, get busy and start cooking your hard boiled eggs so they will be cooled by lunch time!


Eggselent Egg Salad Sandwich

Ingredients:

6 hard cooked eggs, cooled, peeled and diced
5 large pimento stuffed green olives, chopped
1 tablespoon onions, minced
1/3 cup Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil, reduced fat
1½ tablespoons pickle relish
1 teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon ground tarragon
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper Blend
Lettuce
Rye or whole-wheat bread, toasted

Method:

Place eggs in a mixing bowl.
Add olives and onions.
Spoon approximately 1/3 cup mayonnaise or however much you prefer on mixture and stir gently.
Add pickle relish and stir.
Add ground mustard, tarragon, paprika, salt and pepper, blend well.
Spread mixture on your favorite toast.
Add lettuce and top with another slice of toast, slice diagonally.
Makes 6 sandwiches

Pam’s note:  Bill convinced me that sandwiches are always better on toast. 


I wonder how it would be with a slice or two of crisp bacon on it.



27 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have never seen smoked paprika, I must have a look out for it but maybe you can only get it in the USA. The recipe sounds good. Diane

Jenn said...

I don't think I've ever met an egg salad I didn't like. Yum! Yours looks and sounds fantastic!

Zia Elle said...

Good idea Pam!! Eggs salad, wow!!

Dishesdone said...

Love egg salad, now I have to go make some, you just gave me a craving!

"Egg"siting recipe :)

Sweet and Savory said...

I love egg salad, and often forget about it! Usually mine includes, a little mayo, mustard, dill pickle relish, s&p...but yours sounds good too!

Sarah Caron said...

Egg salad happens to be one of my all-time favs, although I don't make it often. This recipe sounds great. I love that you use tarragon and smoked paprika in it!

Debbi Smith said...

I love egg salad! Some of the spices you put in this sound excellent! Mine is usually pretty basic. Thanks!

Brenda said...

Oh I love the idea of olives in egg salad. This sounds wonderful, especially with the smoked paprika too. Yum........

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Did someone say bacon? I think everything is better with bacon on it. Although this does look like a pretty tasty egg salad!

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Earth Day!

Rick said...

Spicy and different. Makes me want to try egg salad!

Cheah said...

Yes, adding some bacon will be great!

Sophie said...

Hello Pam!!

Brussels calling!! Your egg salad looks superb & so inviting too!

I am going tomake this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

swallowtail said...

Oh, yum. Yep, this is lunch ;-) made with my ladies' eggs, and I am hungry already and it is only mid-morning!

I am visiting from "From A Writer's Kitchen"... this must be a time of exploring a little farther out into the blogsphere! I love what I see here...

Jacqueline said...

That sounds great, I haven't had a egg salad sandwich since I was a kid!

theUngourmet said...

Oh, I bet the bacon would be awesome! I love egg salad. What a great recipe. I'm starving!

Mary said...

I adore eggsalad and never get enough of it. Yours looks fabulous. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

Pam, your egg salad looks so wonderful on toasted bread!

xoxo

Pam said...

Fun, Food and Life in the Charente, hope you can find the smoked paprika there, it's great and I use it in so many things! Merci!!!

Jenn, me too! I love it and it always makes a great sandwich. Thanks!

Zia Elle, thanks! I can up with a good thing now and then! Ciao!


Dishesdone, it is "egg-siting!" Hope you like it!

Sweet and Savory, I forget about it too sometimes. Just saw all of those eggs in the fridge and had to do something with them instead of eating "as is."


Sarah Caron, the paprika and tarragon add to it greatly. Yum! Thanks for the visit!

Debbie Smith, I take it up a notch now and then and it was a great lunch! Thanks!

Brenda, the olives work! Bill's mom always put olives in her potato salad so I thought it would be delicious with egg salad also. Thanks!

JAM, love your name! Bacon always works and I will do that the next time. Hope you are having a great Happy Earth Day today! Thanks!

Rick, spicy it is! I'm all for spicy food if I could just convince Bill to eat more of it! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheah, you are right on spot! BACON!!! Thanks for the visit!

Sophie, hello Brussels! I loved it when we were there, very beautiful! Here's to a good lunch tomorrow! Cheers!

swallowtail, welcome! Love that blogshere, lots of great people including you! Thanks for the visit!

Jacqueline, loved your cats today. They are hams when there is a camera and I love it!

theUngourment, thank you! Bacon is the word for this, I'm sure. I get more hungry with each food blog I visit and I'm just thankful not to be gaining any weight doing it!

Mary, thank you! You are so kind and it is so nice to see you here. Thank you!

Pam, thank Bill for the toasted bread! :-) Have a good evening! xoxo

^..^Corgidogmama said...

This must be the GROWN UP version of egg salad....oh man, it sounds and looks wonderful!

Biren said...

I have not had egg salad for a while. This looks delish! Interesting way to make hard cook eggs. BTW, thanks for visiting my blog and following :)

Pam said...

Corgidogmama, yes! It's cranked up a notch. My kids didn't like it no matter how I made it. I love it!

Biren, thanks for the visit and see you again soon!

Shamrocks and Shenanigans said...

I love smoked paprika! I use it often! It is so versatile! It can give a dish a smokey bbq flavor or mixed with some cayenne it is a great spicy flavor!

I make egg salad often. Although I think the adults are more in love with it than the kids!

Pam said...

Shamrocks and Shenanigans, great! I'm so glad you like the smoked paprika also. It's a great thing! Yes, you're right! Kids don't really go for egg salad. Thanks for stopping by!

Karen said...

My daughter gave me a can of smoked paprika last year along with a paella pan and the appropriate rice for the paella. I had never tasted the paprika before and fell in love with it! I still haven't made paella yet - I better get with it!

Pam said...

Karen, smoked paprika is the best and really adds great flavor to a dish. Glad you like it! So now, you have to go for the paella. I love it but have never tried it either. Thanks!

My Little Space said...

Count me on! Egg salad is my favourite. I just love it in my sandwiches.

Pam said...

My Little Space, me too! Love it!