Hard-boiled eggs are a handy staple for many recipes, but the eggs tend to have a bland flavor. Their taste is so mild that it makes boiled eggs versatile when it comes to flavor pairings, since the eggs take on flavor from the other ingredients in the recipe. From sprinkling them with seasoning to turning them into salad, there are many ways to make hard-boiled eggs taste good.
A sprinkle of seasoning is all a hard-boiled egg needs to taste good. Dust the egg with salt and black pepper for a classic taste. Try a spicy kick by sprinkling chili powder and garlic salt over the egg. Powder the egg with smoked paprika and smoked salt for a woodsy flavor.
Turn Them into Salad
Creamy or crunchy, many salads give hard-boiled eggs a tantalizing taste. Mix the diced eggs with celery, onion, mayonnaise and mustard for a traditional flavor. Go for a sophisticated taste by tossing the diced eggs with baby spinach, red onions, tomatoes, celery and balsamic vinaigrette. Combine sliced hard-boiled eggs, black olives, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, green onions and Italian vinaigrette for an Italian-style dish.
Put Them on a Sandwich
Sliced boiled eggs go from mild to magnificent when used in a sandwich. Layer the eggs onto a sandwich roll with lettuce, onion, tomato, green bell peppers, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard and sunflower seeds for a garden-style meal. Spoon a mixture of diced eggs, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and lemon juice onto wheat toast stacked with tomatoes and lettuce for an old-fashion sandwich. For a spicy kick, heap the egg onto sourdough with sliced roast beef, red onion, iceberg lettuce and horseradish sauce.
Sprinkle Them in Soup
Adding hard-boiled eggs to soup is a simple way to turn the plain eggs into something special. Sprinkle the diced eggs into Wonton soup for a mellow garnish. Give minestrone soup a boost of protein with a handful of hard-boiled egg slices. Add chopped eggs to beef stew to add a light flavor to the robust broth.
Turn your eggs into something devilishly flavorful by stuffing the white with a mixture of egg yolk and other ingredients. Slice the eggs in half and scoop out the yolks into a bowl, mix the yolks with other ingredients, and spoon the mixture back into each egg half for a tasty treat. Mix the yolks with mayonnaise, yellow curry powder and diced cashews for a gourmet flavor. Combine the yolks, Dijon mustard, cream cheese and green onions for an indulgently creamy taste. Cream together the yolks, water chestnuts, celery, walnuts and honey mustard and spoon into the egg white for a crunchy surprise.
A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.