Perfect is a word that I throw around a lot, and it's always with the understanding that it's a goal that can be strived for but never achieved. This particular recipe for egg salad is about as close to perfect as I've ever had. It's not fancy, there are no special ingredients, but it's well balanced, with bright, fresh flavors and a texture that spans from rich and creamy to crisp and crunchy.
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It's important to know what a specific loaf of bread can and cannot do. So when I got my hands on the astonishing crusty bread, I decided to be as simple as possible, whipping up a straightforward batch of egg salad, and serving the result as an open-faced sandwich.
The perfect party sandwich, this stacked egg salad, salmon, and radish sandwich is assembled as a large loaf then sliced into individual servings.
I like lobster rolls as much as the next guy, but I also live in the Midwest, where they are rare and usually stupendously expensive. I'm just not in the business of throwing down $20 for what amounts to a sandwich more than once a year. While not as ethereal as a perfect lobster roll, these shrimp and deviled-egg salad rolls from The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern might be the perfect low-brow alternative for someone like me.
It's basically just chopped-up hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and curry powder, but it has a few elements that make it a tad more interesting. The arugula helps add a peppery bite, and the pistachios add an unexpected crunch. Also, the pita is a little less obtrusive than regular white sandwich bread.
As far as my egg salad research has taken me, this recipe for Deviled Egg Salad with Anchovies, Hot Smoked Paprika, and Tomato from Melissa Clark's In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite might just be my favorite yet. It incorporates Spanish inspired ingredients—smoked paprika and anchovies—into the mayonnaisey mix. The salad has a touch of smoke and heat, and an umami kick thanks to the anchovies.
[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Egg salad is usually a monochromatic affair thanks to the healthy helping (or, as some people may point out, unhealthy helping) of mayo. Now, I happen to have a soft spot for this style, especially when it's...
In the introduction to this recipe for Curried Egg Salad with Caramelized Onion, Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice, explains that although egg salad has no Indian roots, many of her Indian-American friends have adopted it into their repertoire of...
It's officially spring, and that means serious eaters turn their attention to asparagus, which could easily be designated the official food of spring. This recipe is adapted from Ten: All the Foods We Love and 10 Perfect Recipes for Each...
I hesitated to write up this recipe up for two reasons: one, egg salad is as common as the white bread it's served on, and I figure everybody has their own version. And two, there's no secret ingredient here that I'm about to reveal. Still, an egg salad can go from simple to sublime with attention to detail.