My friends sometime give me sh** and call me “Martha”. Well, first of all, I don’t think Ms.Stewart would use the word sh** in any of her publications, but secondly I think she can boil an egg. Yes folks, that’s right, I struggle to boil eggs. I love egg salad sandwiches. I love deviled eggs. I love crumble up hard boiled eggs on my salad. But more than once I’ve googled directions, followed them religiously, only to end up with…soft boiled eggs (and I know some people like these, but they just give me the heebie jeebies, plus they would make very goopy deviled eggs).
Now that I have two almost one-year-olds (Ack!) who LOVE scrambled eggs, I decided it was time to introduce them to hard boiled eggs. That’s right. Yesterday afternoon I decided it was time to conquer my fear. I hadn’t tried to make a hard boiled egg in over three years (SERIOUSLY!). And I’ve done many things I’m very proud of in the past three years, so I decided it was time to try again. I googled directions. I followed them religiously and 25 minutes later–8 soft boiled eggs.
So, what did I do? I broke out the leftovers and I made some kick-a** chicken salad from a roast chicken I made on Monday (I doubt Martha wouldn use a** in her recipes either). Seriously folks, this chicken salad is A-MAZ-ING. It’s just chicken, non-fat plain yogurt, a smidge of mayo, grapes, celery, chopped pecans, a dash of salt and a tsp. or so of curry powder. I was going to have half of it for dinner last night and half of it for lunch today. But after I made a few lettuce wraps with the first half, I decided I needed all of it in my belly ASAP. I encourage you to make this now. Especially if you’ve just thrown out a bunch of soft boiled eggs.
After making that amazing chicken salad, I decided it was time to try again. I told myself “I can make soufflés! I can make crepes! I can hold a Thanksgiving dinner! Of course I can boil eggs.”
This time, I broke out my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and read the “recipe” for hard boiled eggs. They recommended letting the eggs sit in the pot for 3 minutes longer than my google recipe. And it turns out that those 3 minutes are essential to the success of my eggs. Because 28 minutes later–four perfect hard boiled eggs! Woo hoo!
In case you are wondering, this is how you properly make hard boiled eggs.
1. Put eggs in a pot and fill with cold water until the eggs are completely covered.
2. Put pot on stove and turn to bigh until the water boils.
3. Once the water boils, remove the pot from the burner, put on the lid, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
4. Once the 15 minutes are over (and don’t you let anyone tell you it’s 12!) plunge the eggs into ice water until they cool.
5. Peel and enjoy!