How to put those Easter eggs to good use

Americans eat a lot of eggs. In fact, the average American eats 32.7 pounds of eggs every year. Eggs are popular food choice because they are a good source of protein, can be easy to prepare, and are relatively affordable. In 2010, the average price for one dozen regular eggs was around $1.75, but I’ve recently found them on sale for as little as 99 cents per dozen.

The greatest demand for eggs is at Easter time when families across the country follow the centuries-old tradition of dying hard-cooked eggs. My family of four will color about 35 eggs (I can always count on one breaking!) this holiday season. While decorating Easter eggs is a fun activity, it’s important to remember that hard cooked eggs are only safe to eat for about one week after cooking.

Finding appetizing ways to consume large quantities of eggs in a short amount of time can be challenging, but I’ve got a few suggestions for you.

Egg casserole.  If you want to get rid of a lot of eggs in a hurry, try making a hard boiled egg casserole. 

Meatloaf.  Get points for creativity by adding hard cooked eggs to the center of your meatloaf!

Potato salad. You can cut the fat from this classic by using reduced-fat mayo.

Egg salad. Works as a salad over lettuce or as a satisfying sandwich.

Other salads. You can add eggs to a lot of different types of salads including chef, cobb, and tuna.

Deviled eggs. Once you’ve hard boiled the eggs, making them into deviled eggs is super simple. To keep the eggs from sliding on the plate, try artfully arranging them on lettuce leaves (there’s no reason to purchase a special plate!)

Tartar sauce. Make your own tartar sauce the retro way by adding a hard cooked egg.

Pickled eggs.  Need more time?  You can store picked eggs in the refrigerator for serveral months.

Know of another great way to use hard boiled eggs?  Please share it through the comments section!

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.