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recipe ideas for hard-cooked eggs

Got leftover hard-cooked eggs after Easter? Here are a dozen delicious—sometimes surprising—ways to transform them into flavorful appetizers, satisfying dinner salads, and even a beautifully textured dessert.


Spinach Salad with Eggs, Bacon & Croutons

The classic spinach salad, with homemade garlicky croutons, crisp bacon, and a warm sherry vinaigrette.  

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Bacon & Smoked Paprika Deviled Eggs

This bacon-and-egg combination is a sophisticated take on a classic appetizer. The bacon adds flavor as well as texture to the filling, and you can dial the hot sauce up or down for just the right amount of heat.

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Beef Picadillo

A Latin American and Caribbean favorite, picadillo is a savory-sweet ground beef filling that’s delicious wrapped in lettuce leaves. It’s also good in tacos, quesadillas, and omelets.

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Egg Salad with Smoked Salmon, Capers & Dill

Serve this salad on a bed of lettuce or on toasted sandwich bread as a main course, or spoon it onto toasted pita triangles for an hors d'oeuvre.

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Pear-Cranberry Linzer Tart

Here's the last place you'd expect to find hard-cooked eggs: a decadent tart. Crumbled, cooked yolks give the crust a super-tender, cakey quality.

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Niçoise Salad with Grilled Tuna & Potatoes

Hard-cooked eggs are an essential element of the classic Mediterranean Niçoise salad. Multicolored tomatoes and grilled fresh tuna fillet make this version especially gorgeous.

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Deviled Eggs with Crabmeat

Here, the classic deviled egg filling is made even tastier with sweet crab, sherry, Worcestershire sauce and a hit of cayenne. Set these kicked-up nibbles on a platter at your next party and watch them disappear.

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Boston Lettuce Wedges with Mimosa Vinaigrette

The "mimosa" here refers to hard-cooked eggs to add bright color and texture to a simple vinaigrette dressing on the lettuce.

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Vegetarian Paté

If your eggs have picked up a little dye from their shells, here's a nifty way to disguise it in this delicious, can't-believe-it's-vegetarian mushroom-walnut spread.

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Steak, Egg & Blue Cheese Salad

A surefire way to make a salad a meal: add steak. This one is simple yet elegant and plays with the classic pairing of steak and eggs. The garlicky vinaigrette adds a flavor boost that's just right.

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Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

After eating these, you may never go back to your old deviled eggs recipe. To dress them up for a party, top each egg with a small dollop of salmon roe.

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Classic Potato Salad

This classic version of creamy American potato salad combines Yukon Gold potatoes with onion, celery, hard-cooked eggs, and capers in a sour-cream dresing with Champagne vinegar. Create your own customized potato salad with the Recipe Maker.

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