Thursday, January 24, 2013

egg salad, nicely chopped

Debra and I got together a couple of years ago and she made egg salad.  When I marveled at how small and nicely chopped it was, she told me she used a potato masher.  I'd never thought of that!

It gives instant results; press down once, turn it a little to get those tougher whites chopped up, and it's done.

I use a recipe adapted from an old Gourmet

Egg Salad

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • a couple of shakes of black pepper
  • a pinch or two of salt, if you're a big salt lover

If your family doesn't mind chopped raw onion, by all means add some! Over here, it isn't always welcome, so today I just threw in some dried chives which doesn't get a complaint.

The lemon juice gives it enough zip so that salt isn't really needed.  And if you put in some celery it will go farther, of course.

Every once in a while I find a recipe which we like so much that there isn't any need to try other versions. But if I was out of tarragon, I would naturally use something else. This mixture just hits the spot with us.


  1. Love egg salad and especially with lots and lots of onion!


    Hope you are keeping well Lisa.

    x Fiona

  2. That looks and sounds delicious, if you like a bit of onion flavour but not strong raw onion, you could try a little spring onion or fresh chives, both are easy to grow and useful in all kinds of recipes.

    1. Yes - we have chives outside when it's growing season; I need to think of using them more often. But the onion flavor really adds something nice.

  3. We really love egg salad and I've never even thought of the potato masher - how clever!

    1. Kathy, I'm tellin' ya - it's the way to go!

  4. So going to try that next time I make egg salad. Thanks for the tip! the pic!:)

  5. You can get a special... dingus :-/ ... for that here. It's stringed with wire, works much the same way you described except you push the egg through, repeatedly (cutting off layers), can be used for potatoes in potato salad as well. Should I perhaps send you one when I finally send you my Pay It Forward? :-)
    I love me a good egg spread; this sounds somewhat similar, though with different tastes. Fresh chives are wonderful with it when they are available, drying chives sounds like a good idea...

    1. My mother always put loads of chives in a scrambled egg sandwich - yes, chives are great with eggs.

      I've seen what you describe over here, too, Hana - I'm sure it works very well, but when you don' have a dishwasher, the less fussy items you have, the better; but Thank You. :) This thing works perfectly.