Curry Egg Salad + Easy Gourmet
Welcome to Cookbook Week on Macheesmo! I’ll be posting recipes from five cookbooks this week and giving away copies! All winners will be announced next Friday (11/14).
Let’s get this out of the way right up front: I don’t really love egg salad. In fact, I’m not really sure I even like it. I like eggs (a lot) and I like salad (a lot), but I usually pass on them smashed together.
That’s exactly why I picked this curry egg salad recipe from Stephanie Le’s (of I Am A Food Blog) new book, Easy Gourmet. This book is completely refreshing and I had a hard time picking what to make from it so I picked the thing I thought I might hate.
Turns out I still liked this one. Darnit.
1) Add eggs to a pot and cover by at least an inch of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, remove from heat, and let sit for 11-12 minutes.
2) Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and transfer to an ice water bath to cool. When eggs are cool, gently crack and peel.
3) In a bowl, mix together celery, scallion, mayo, mustard, curry powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add eggs and gently mash.
4) Serve egg salad on toast with fresh arugula.
Cooking the Eggs
There’s really only one cooking step to this salad: cooking the eggs. Stephanie gives the perfect technique. Essentially you just add a few eggs to a large pot and cover them with cold water. Put that over high heat and bring the pot to a simmer.
Once the pot is simmering, cover it, remove it from the heat, and don’t touch it for 11-12 minutes!
The nice thing about this salad is that you don’t have to stress too much about peeling the eggs perfectly since you are just mashing them into a salad anyway.
If you do want to make for easy peeling though, it helps to use slightly older eggs. Some people think that it helps to add baking soda to the water, but that has been sort of debunked of late (source 1/source 2) and can leave your eggs with a sulfur smell.
Instead, after the eggs have cooked, just transfer them to an ice bath to chill and then peel them to the best of your ability!
Curry Egg Salad Mixing
The thing I hate about egg salad is that it really does require a nice balance of crunchy, salty, and creamy to work well. This is a balance that many restaurants and pre-packaged egg salad makers completely demolish.
Stephanie nails the balance though. Lots of crunchy veggies and just enough dressing to hold everything together. Really do spend some time dicing the celery and scallion. No big chunks!
Stir that all together and then quarter the peeled eggs.
I like to add them to the salad and then just very lightly mash them in. You want nice chunks of egg in the salad, not a mushy situation.
These cooked perfectly, by the way.
In my personal opinion, the only way to eat egg salad (when I rarely eat egg salad) is on plain white toast. Stephanie recommends some fresh arugula so I tossed some of that on there also. Good choice.
I think this recipe perfectly fits under the “Easy Gourmet” banner. It’s far from a hard recipe, but just different enough to make it special and memorable.
Let’s talk cookbook!
I’ve a lurking fan of Stephanie’s blog for many months now, partly because the recipes and photos are amazing, but also because I think it’s one of the most striking and unique food blog designs out there.
She was able to really transfer that feel to this cookbook. The photos are all bright and airy, which I like, but the recipes are very accessible. It’s a nice balance and she does a good job of making traditional recipes just a bit gourmet. Just to name a few of the recipes that caught my eye: Lamb and Pea Sandwiches, Salmon Dill Chowder, Miso Roasted Eggplant, and a crazy Fig & Cheese Cheesecake. Yes please to all of those.
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Good luck to those that enter and be sure to check back tomorrow for yet another great book!