10 Little Ways to Use Up Leftover Easter Eggs

published Mar 16, 2021
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Leftovers are the best part of any holiday celebration. For Easter, that means lots and lots of hard-boiled eggs (and ham or lamb). Coming up with easy, delicious ways to eat leftover hard-boiled eggs feels as much a part of the tradition as dyeing the eggs beforehand — or, at least, that’s how it goes most years. This year, for some, eggs are in short supply. If that’s the case in your community, save these ideas for a later date; use-up ideas for hard-boiled eggs, colored or not, never go out of season.

Egg salad is a must, but hard-boiled eggs are an easy and delicious addition to all sorts of meals, from avocado toast to grain bowls to quesadillas. Here are 10 ideas for using up hard-boiled eggs.

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1. Stuff some into a pita.

Add some sliced hard-boiled egg to a hummus-filled pita and you’ve got a quick and filling breakfast, lunch, or snack. The recipe calls for sliced cucumber and tomato, but any kind of leftover veggies are fair game here. Think of it as a hand-held hummus bowl.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Breakfast Pitas

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2. Add them to your avocado toast.

If you love avocado toast and have a soft spot for egg salad, here’s a delicious way to marry the two.

Get the recipe: Egg and Avocado Salad on Toast

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3. Put them on a grain bowl.

A hard-boiled egg or two makes a great stand-in for soft-boiled in a hummus bowl loaded with grains and leftover roasted vegetables.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Hummus Bowl with Chickpeas and Soft-Boiled Egg

4. Pair with a smear of pesto.

If you’re tired of regular egg salad, this is the sandwich to turn to. Add a generous swipe of jarred pesto on a baguette, roll, or whatever kind of bread you have handy, and layer it with a couple sliced hard-boiled eggs.

Get the recipe: Pesto and Egg Baguette Sandwich

5. Serve them with spring veggies.

Talk about a fast-and-fancy WFH lunch: No matter how you cook a bunch of asparagus, topping it with a few chopped eggs, shaved Parm, and flaky salt is always a good idea.

Get the recipe: Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan

6. Make day-after-Easter deviled eggs.

Imagine egg salad became friends with avocado toast, and then everything bagel spice came to join the party. These deviled eggs get richness, velvety texture, and vivid color from ripe avocado, and the sprinkling of nutty, toasty everything bagel spice on top adds just the right amount of crunch and savoriness.

Get the recipe: Avocado Deviled Eggs with Everything Bagel Spice

7. Spice up your egg salad.

Egg salad is always a favorite for using up a bunch of leftover boiled eggs at once. This version jazzes up the classic with a little help from the spice cabinet.

Get the recipe: Curried Egg Salad on Naan

8. Add some protein to brothy soups.

This 10-minute soup calls for poaching an egg, but I happen to think it’s even better with a halved hard-boiled egg instead.

Get the recipe: Gingery Egg Soup

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9. Bulk up your Caesar salad.

You can never go wrong by partnering a Caesar salad with hard-boiled egg. Here you can skip the chicken by swapping in a few chopped eggs, or add chicken and eggs for an extra-filling version.

Get the recipe: Crispy Chicken Caesar Orzo Salad

10. Make the easiest-ever breakfast quesadilla.

This is your classic ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich reimagined into a freezer-friendly quesadilla. Instead of making scrambled eggs, as the recipe calls for, all you need to do is assemble each quesadilla with a swipe of Dijon, slice of ham (leftover from Easter dinner?), a couple sliced hard-boiled eggs, and about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese, and heat on the stove.

Get the recipe: Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: 10 Easy Ways to Use Up Leftover Easter Eggs