How many ways can you cook a perfect hard boiled egg? I have seen this question being asked and replied so many times before.
I have been using this timing from 101 Cookbook for the longest time: 7 minutes exactly.
This is the amount of time I let the eggs sit fully submerged in a covered pot of water, after the eggs and the water have been brought to a gentle boil TOGETHER in the pot. Use room temperature eggs, not cold ones, for best results.
After 7 minutes, dip the eggs into a separate pot of cold water to stop the cooking, and let the eggs cool down enough for handling. I don’t use ice cold water, just water from tap will do. I prefer to eat the eggs VERY WARM, so I will do the shell peeling immediately, with my hands and eggs in the water, since the shells do not become too hot to touch this way.
The 7 minutes sitting rule works perfectly every time for my large eggs (55g – 60g). Prior to following this timing, I resorted to leaving my eggs in the hot water (sometimes still boiling!) for as long as I could, to make sure that they are fully cooked. Later, I realized that the dark green ring that forms on the yolk is a sign of an overcooked egg. Nothing dangerous or toxic, I guess, just unappealing to the eyes. Perfectly cooked egg yolks should be prettier in bright yellow.
Try this out and use it to make an equally perfect egg salad sandwich.
++Notes 001 // I managed to yield 4 sandwiches with just 4 large eggs, instead of 6 as per original recipe. I do not want exceed the number of eggs our family eat every week (fat, cholestrol concerns), we do have eggs pretty often.
++Notes002 // I skipped on the lemon juice as I used Kewpie mayonnaise, which I think is slightly more sour than the American version.
RECIPE : EGG SALAD SANDWICH
/ Serves 4
4 large hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
1 bunch of chives, chopped
8 slices of walnut bread, toasted
black pepper, to taste
01. Break up the hard boiled eggs in a large bowl with a fork.
02. Mix in mayonnaise. Add more if the mixture is not moist enough.
03. Stir in chopped chives.
04. To assemble sandwich, scoop egg salad mixture and spread on a toasted bread slice.
05. Sprinkle some pepper on top of egg salad mixture, finish by topping with a second piece of toast.