Easy Egg Salad


A good egg salad sandwich is one of life’s small pleasures. Luckily they are easy to make.

By FamilyTime

 

A good egg salad sandwich makes a tasty meal! If your kids don’t seem interested in egg salad sandwiches, maybe they haven’t made their own lately. Most kids love a cooking lesson and learning how to make lunch is as empowering as it is delicious!

The Egg Comes First
Every egg salad sandwich begins with a properly cooked egg. It’s a misnomer to call the eggs “hard boiled;” they are hard cooked and should never be cooked in rapidly boiling water. Instead, leave them to firm up in water that has come to the boil so that they harden evenly and the yolks keep their sunny yellow color.

Here’s the best way to hard cook eggs:

Put the eggs in a pan, add enough cold water to cover them by an inch or two, and set over medium-high heat. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pan and turn off the heat. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for at least 10 minutes.

Drain the eggs (carefully!). Let them cool until you – or the kids -- can handle them before peeling them.

The Bread Comes Next
The choice of bread has as much to do with a good sandwich as the choice of the filling. Most kids prefer white bread, but if you introduce whole wheat or multi-grain bread to them, they soon will come to like it. They might even prefer it.

Other good choices for sandwiches are hard rolls, soft Portuguese rolls (sometimes called potato rolls), bagels, pita pockets, and soft wheat tortillas for rollups.

We think egg salad is especially delicious on whole wheat bread, but it’s good, too, on other choices.

The Salad Is Key
Once the eggs are peeled, it’s time to make the salad. Kids can chop hard-cooked eggs with dull kitchen knives or even plastic utensils, or an adult can help them with a sharper knife. For some salads, the eggs are mashed with a fork.

The chopped or mashed eggs are tossed usually with mayonnaise, chopped celery, and perhaps a touch of mustard and sprinkling of salt. This mixture makes a great-tasting salad, but there is so much more your kids can add to make these sandwiches appeal to their particular tastes.

And this is where the fun starts.

Encourage your kids to experiment with flavoring egg salad. The principle of seasoning a dish applies to other aspects of cooking, so doing so with egg salad is a good lesson. Essentially, teach the kids to add only a little seasoning at a time. You can always add more, but it’s not easy to compensate for over-seasoning.

Your kids might want to add chopped peppers or scallions for crunch. Pickle relish or chopped olives dress up egg salad. For the adventuresome, so do capers or chopped anchovies.

A little bit of chili powder or curry powder gives them distinct flavor profiles.

A little plain yogurt or cream cheese, mixed with the mayonnaise, adds tang or creaminess.

Warn your kids to use a light hand when adding their ingredients of choice. Too much mayonnaise is unpleasant; too much curry powder tastes sandy, and too much curry powder is overpowering.

The Sandwich Is the Goal
Once the egg salad is mixed, it’s time to make the sandwich. Choose your bread and spoon the salad on it.

We like to add sprouts or lettuce to egg salad sandwiches for crunchy contrast. Tomatoes are a good addition, too.

Some folks like to lay pickle chips on top of the egg salad, or a few bacon strips. Other ideas include mild cheese, red onion rings, and red or green bell pepper rings.

Whatever your and your kids’ choice, a good egg salad sandwich makes an extremely satisfying lunch.