Put an egg on it—or the very classy "puddaneggonit"—has become a common strategy for turning something simple into a satisfying dinner. And we're all for breaking out a skillet to make a crackly-edged fried one or a trio of soft-scrambleds when the hunger pangs hit.
But of you're the planning type (or simply someone who does not wish to dirty the egg pan daily), consider making a dozen soft-boiled, soy sauce-soaked eggs at the start of the week...
- 6 tablespoons warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 3/4 cup soy sauce (we used low-sodium—if yours is regular strength, you might want to err on the side of shorter marination time)
- 6 large eggs
- Maldon or other flaky salt, for serving
- Black pepper, for serving
...and turn them into a meal, morning noon and night:
- Breakfast-ish sandwich. Smashed with a fork onto on a toasted, buttered English muffin for a sandwich (breakfast or dinnertime) that doesn't need a whip else.
- Egg salad. Dice the eggs into a chunky egg salad, folded through with thin-sliced scallions, toasted cashews, and lots of cracked pepper.
- Noodle soup. Make dashi, boil rice noodles, and layer them in the broth with any kind of roasted vegetables. Top with quartered soy sauce eggs, and hot chile oil.
- A very green salad. Blend up an avocado, an anchovy, an a fistful of herbs to make green goddess dressing, toss with peppery greens and halved soy sauce eggs.
- Fry, fry, fry. Turn them into soy-spiked Scotch Eggs: Mix ground chicken with lots of chopped basil, ginger, and scallions, flatten into a patty, and wrap around each egg. Fry in vegetable oil till golden (they'll be hard cooked when you're done!).
- Make a (non-traditional) taco! Chop them coarsely use to fill blistered tortillas and top with fried Brussels sprouts and kimchi.
- Menemen-ish! Sauté peppers until soft, add a little leftover tomato sauce, then fold in the quartered eggs for a variation on Menemen.
- Rice bowl. Fold into a bowl of shredded chicken, cooked rice, watercress, and dress with equal parts lime juice and fish sauce.
Tell us: What other meals do you make with hard-boiled eggs?