Eggs are a symbol of spring and fertility. Early Christians adopted eggs to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated at Easter. But centuries before that, Wikipedia tells us, the ancient Zoroastrians used eggs in their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox.
It may be an ancient tradition, but don’t tell that to kids. They love the traditional Sunday morning Easter egg hunt. Adults, meanwhile, take more pleasure in a few well-prepared egg dishes — and a sumptuous brunch is a great time to serve them.
We’ll share three recipes linked to this article, but if you generally just eat eggs in your breakfast tacos, think again. Here are a few suggestions for thinking outside the carton:
- Breakfast for dinner: When you can’t think of anything to make for dinner, don’t automatically send someone out for a bag of burgers. Scramble some eggs, make toast, make pancakes, waffles or bacon. It’s satisfying and kids like it.
- Eggs are appearing more and more as toppers to sandwiches, salads or hot dishes. Put a fried egg on top of cheese enchiladas, a burger, a rice and vegetable stir fry. Stir a raw egg into steaming hot pasta, add chopped bacon, cream and Parmesan cheese and you have a classic pasta alla carbonara. (So rich, but so good.)
- Deviled eggs will never go out of style. But we offer a recipe, Smoked Salmon-stuffed Eggs, from the ever -stylish Martha Stewart. Smoked salmon and sour cream make the difference.
- You might never buy an egg salad sandwich from a vending machine, but made fresh at home this is a short route to a good meal. Hard cook two eggs, let them cool, peel them and chop them up finely. Add mayo, a dash of Tabasco, a half-teaspoon of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Dill is good in egg salad, too. Use it in a sandwich filling for lunch or put a mound of egg salad on top of lightly dressed greens, sliced tomatoes, avocado and other veggies.
- Frittata of Ham and Spring Vegetables is colorful, easy to make and delicious. You can’t go wrong here (unless someone just doesn’t like eggs). If it’s good as an omelet (ham, cheese, spinach, etc.) it’ll be good in a frittata.
- Finally, here’s an egg dish from Mexico that doesn’t use any exotic ingredients (at least not to us in San Antonio). But the Tortitas de Huevo con Chile Verde has a difference — find out why.