Happy Easter (almost) weekend everyone! If you’re like me, you haven’t done anything whatsoever for Easter yet. I will have about fifteen people here on Sunday to celebrate not only Easter, but also our son’s fourth birthday! So, let’s get started with the most obvious Easter staple, hard-boiled eggs.
Hard-boiled eggs aren’t exactly the most complex thing in the world. You put them in cold water, you bring that water to a boil and then after the eggs cook for about ten (between nine and twelve, depending on size) minutes, you cool the water gradually to prevent cracking of shells. The only complicated part is leaving enough time to cool the water. Because they’re still cooking until they’re completely cooled many people end up with a green ring around the yolk.
So, basically you’re looking to get the eggs fully cooked without overcooking. This is pretty easy as long as you have a timer.
Overcooking your eggs will give you dark gray chalky yolks, which may not be what you’re going for. So, check the size of your eggs and cook accordingly. I think most go wrong when following a recipe for large eggs, when in fact they have medium or small eggs or vise versa. So, be sure to read carefully and you should be fine. Also, for eggs that will peel easily, you shouldn’t use the freshest eggs you can find. Easy peel eggs are a product of eggs that have been around for at least one week, maybe a week and a half, in the refrigerator.
Now, to get cracking on these party plans. I’ll be back next week. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy!
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
1. In a large pot (saucepan) place eggs and add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. When the water reaches a rapid boil, turn off heat and cover.
2. Leave the eggs in the hot water. For large eggs, leave for 12 minutes.
Note: 9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large.
3. Drain immediately and serve warm or add running cold water in moderate increments (about two cups at a time) until cool enough to handle, then drain and place in cold water again until cooled completely.