Friday, March 15, 2013

Egg Salad - Easy Lenten meal

One of the most memorable things that my late grandfather gave me was a love of cooking and a love of food. Pa Phil, as we affectionately called him, would sit me own in his kitchen and cook Cajun favorites for hours. He was the main cook in the house, as my grandmother wasn't very good at it (her grits were more like a dry hard sandstone than the creamy goodness they should be.) It's the one thing that I cherish the most from him, and I feel like I can pass a small piece of the great man that was my grandfather on to my daughter by sharing stories in the kitchen with her. I've decided that I will start a recipes tab on this blog for easy reference to recipes. This particular recipe is a very easy one that my grandmother first showed me how to make. It's great year around, but has been a Lenten staple for me for quite some time. Enjoy!

Egg Salad

What you'll need:

8 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (I'm partial to Blue Plate)
Yellow Mustard to taste (I use a quick squirt)
Salt and pepper to taste
Soft White Bread (If you are in southeast Louisiana, the only option is Evangeline Bread)
1/2 teaspoon dried parsely

Once you have your eggs boiled, cooled and peeled, place them into a bowl and get at them with a fork to make very small pieces of eggs. Add your mayonnaise, your mustard, parsely, salt and pepper and stir it all up. MAKE SURE TO TASTE and adjust accordingly. Egg Salad comes out different every time I make it.

I like my egg salad a little more creamy so I actually add a little more mayo in the mix. I also enjoy a little added kick, as most of my Cajun counterparts do. I like to take a few slices of pickled jalepeno and finely dice it and mix it in, it also adds depth of flavor when you take a splash of the jalepeno juice and add it in. Sometimes we also add sliced green onion tops or finely diced (and I mean real fine) onion and celery. It gives it more of a "grown up" taste.

I know it seems silly to have a recipe for egg salad, I mean its one of the easiest things on the planet to make, but it's one of those things that are easily forgotten, and that my friends, is travesty. Enjoy this great application of eggs with crackers, chips, french bread, white bread, wheat bread, pita bread, lettuce or even just with a spoon. C'est si bon!


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