As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.
Today: Boil a few eggs tonight -- you'll be halfway to lunch for the rest of the week.
Here’s how to stave off lunchtime boredom: Go to the store and buy a dozen eggs. Boil them. Return the eggs to their carton, label them assertively to ward off peckish coworkers, and store them in your office mini-fridge. Voila: There’s your ticket to dependably satisfying lunches.
Hard-boiled eggs have a lot going for them: They’re a breeze to cook. They last forever. They’re cheap, versatile, and straight-up delicious. Plus they’ve got enough protein to get you through your 3 PM conference call, or give you the motivational push you need to finally make it to that hot yoga class you’ve heard so much about.
Here’s how to enjoy hard-boiled eggs for lunch every which way, without feeling like Cool Hand Luke.
Boil it Just Right
Go the lazy route: Gently slip your eggs into boiling water and let them go for 7 minutes, which will result in a semi-firm, bright-orange yolk with just enough gooey give. Be sure to time your eggs exactly, so you don’t end up with a runny middle or -- even worse -- a chalky, grey yolk. You could also follow this method, but that requires a little bit more diligence and a larger attention span than I possess.
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When you bring your eggs into the office, be sure to pack some salt (extra points for the fancy stuff) and freshly ground pepper in a little baggie or tupperware. You might as well start stashing some of both in your office drawer -- a sprinkle will bring a little spark to your reheated soups and last night’s leftovers. You can even wrap your eggs and seasoning up together in bundles of parchment, so they're ready to eat at a moment's notice.
Plate hard-boiled eggs alongside hummus or baba ghanoush and vegetable slices, and you’ve got one of those excellent lunches that feels good and is interactive and snack-y and can also hang out on your desk for a few hours if the mini-fridge is too packed.
More: If regular old eggs are too plain Jane for you, try giving them a spicy Chinese twist.
Hard-boiled eggs are also there to add heft and protein to sandwiches (and save you from the threat of another humdrum ham and cheese.) I like to fan sliced eggs on top of bread with a spread of refried beans or hummus; layer them on a baguette on top of avocado, kale, and Caesar dressing; or tuck them into a Mediterranean-inspired pita sandwich.
If I leave you with one thought, let it be this: When in doubt (or in a crunch for time), hard-boil. You’ve got lunch.
How do you eat your hard-boiled eggs? How do you boil them in the first place? Tell us all your eggy secrets in the comments, please.