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Easter is just around the corner and everyone is thinking about Spring. Trees and plants budding, chicks, bunnies, and eggs. This time of the year we always have a boatload of eggs. When we were younger and dyed eggs for Easter each of us kids would get a dozen hard boiled eggs each to dye. Now, we get about 12-14 fresh eggs a day from the chickens in a variety of colors.
It doesn’t take long for us to be “drowning” in eggs–a good problem to have but it sometimes requires a little creativity. How can we use all these eggs without eating them the same way every single day?
So, I thought I’d share several of our favorite ways to eat eggs.
While a lot of these meals could be considered “breakfast food” we’ve often eaten them for lunch or dinner. They’re quick and easy for a busy weeknight dinner or make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings.
1. Our “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Meal
Over easy eggs, bratwurst (or sausage links), and toast. We named this meal after the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. There’s a scene at the beginning of the movie where they make a similar breakfast and every time we watch it we want to eat this meal. We’ll often make this for dinner if we need to use up eggs or while we watch the movie. Cooking the brats in the oven, broiling a few pieces of bread, and frying the eggs. Dinner could be ready in about 30 minutes!
2. Sausage, Eggs, and Potatoes
Wash and cut some potatoes into bite-sized pieces, toss with oil, and season according to your liking. I’ll often use salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder. Then roast the potatoes in the oven for 25-40 minutes or until done enough for your liking. We’ll broil them for about 30-40 minutes until they get really crispy and almost burnt.
While the potatoes are roasting cook a pound of sausage. When the potatoes are done mix with the sausage and keep warm. Then make an over-easy egg or two. Pile a scoop or two of the sausage and potatoes in a bowl, top with the over-easy egg, and enjoy! I don’t often like the texture of over-easy eggs plain but this is my favorite way to eat them!
3. Rice, egg, and salsa
This is great for a quick lunch, or dinner especially if you need to use up some leftover rice. Cook (or heat) and season your rice to your liking. Mix your rice with some salsa, or tomatoes and green chilies, and top with an over-easy egg. This is one of Mom and JoJo’s favorite meals. I’m pretty sure Mom could eat this every day (without the salsa) and never get tired of it. I prefer mine with a little cheese when I can.
4. Egg Sandwiches
This is SO versatile and easy! You can make them as complex or easy as you’d like and they’d freeze well if you chose making them easy to grab and go on busy mornings. We’ll often make these on busy weeknights when we have a lot of errands to run and eat on the go.
Start with your bread. You can use bread, toast, English Muffins, biscuits, or even pancakes. Then beat an egg and season however you like. Either fry it (pour the beaten egg into a small pan and cook like you would a pancake– we call them flat eggs) or beat several and pour into a greased baking sheet and bake until done. Then add a little mayo or butter to your bread, add a piece of egg, sausage, bacon, or cheese (really whatever toppings you’d like), and enjoy! We’ve also made these sandwiches using boiled eggs. Slicing an egg in half, put it on a slice of toast, and top it with a slice of melted cheese.
5. Boiled eggs
Probably my least favorite type of egg–again with the texture thing. But boiled eggs make a great healthy snack, and can be added to tuna salad, or egg sandwiches. I’ll often boil and dozen or two of the older eggs and store them in the fridge for snacks when we have so many eggs. I’ve also found that the older the eggs the better they peel. I’ll often use eggs that are two or three weeks old when making boiled eggs and *usually* the shell will slide right off!
6. Egg Salad
Along the line of boiled eggs, you can also make egg salad. Mashing your hard-boiled eggs into teeny-tiny pieces, adding mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, and dill relish (I don’t remember the last time we bought relish. I just finely dice some of our home-canned dill pickles and use them in place of “relish”). Serving it up on crackers, bread, toast, or cheese toast, or even put in a burrito shell with a little chopped spinach and cheese. (Can you tell I love cheese)?
7. Breakfast Burritos
Again, a very versatile, use-what-you-have kind of meal that could be made ahead and frozen if you wanted. Take a burrito shell, add mayo or sausage gravy, spinach, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, roasted potatoes, tomatoes, cheese, or whatever sounds good, roll it up, and enjoy!
8. Breakfast Pizza
When we have a lot of eggs to use up we’ll make breakfast pizza for dinner on Friday Pizza Night. We’ll use English Muffins, pizza dough, tortilla shells, flatbread, or waffles. Then in place of pizza sauce, we’ll use sausage gravy. Topping the pizza with scrambled eggs, broccoli, and cheese.
Again, this can be as easy or complex as you wanted. We actually made this for dinner last night using a couple of cans of store-bought mixed veggies, scrambled eggs, shredded turkey, white rice, and soy sauce. you could also add mushrooms, use up some veggies, or leftover chicken from the fridge. Whenever we make stir-fry we use at least 8 eggs and for whatever reason, it makes a LOT. But it’s quick to mix up, and makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!
10. Scrambled Eggs Deluxe(ish)
JoJo found this recipe in our “Slow Cooker to the Rescue” cookbook. Technically, you’re supposed to cook it in the slow cooker but we just use our 18-inch cast iron skillet and bake it in the oven. We amended the recipe slightly but in a nutshell, it’s creamy scrambled eggs, topped with crispy bacon pieces, tomatoes, and green chilies, and smothered in melty cheese! It’s really good and almost everyone likes it. Bradley’s not a big fan of the creamy egg texture but he loves the bacon and cheese. Who wouldn’t?
I hope that you’ll try a few of these quick and easy egg recipes or share one of your family’s favorites in the comments below!
Until next time,