"What is it that makes box lunches always sound so delicious?" Katherine wondered. "It makes you think there might be almost anything inside. Duck eggs and nectar and kinds of sandwiches nobody ever had before!"
Edward Eager, Half Magic.
My mother could never get me to eat egg salad - this is chunky and appealing - and very scrumptious warm. - fineartdaily —fineartdaily
Test Kitchen Notes
We love fineartdaily's fool-proof method for hard-boiled eggs that produces picnic-perfect sandwiches crammed with mouthfuls of delicate chopped egg and crispy bacon. It's light on the mayonnaise, but there's just enough to keep all the components in this scrumptious sandwich and off your (paper) plate. - Maddy
squeeze lemon juice
salt and pepper
slices of whole grain bread, toasted
slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into largish pieces
Hard boil the eggs. (Which is supposed to be idiot-proof, but I am still learning. I place the eggs in the bottom of a saucepan and cover them with water. I turn the heat to medium, and wait for the water to boil. Then I turn the heat off, cover the eggs with the top [or a plate, because I can never find the right top quickly enough] and wait 15 minutes. Then I pour off the warm water add some ice cubes, and run cold water over the eggs.) Crack and peel each egg, and put in the nice blue bowl. The colors are pure and lovely, just like Monet’s dining room. Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and slice through the warm eggs. Don’t mix the eggs too much – this is not egg salad. Sprinkle in the chopped chives.You want to see all the chunks and appreciate the colors! No mush, please.
Put a piece of lettuce on each piece of bread, gently spoon the egg mixture onto the lettuce, then crumble the bacon lovingly onto the egg. The lettuce will keep the bread from getting soggy, but this is a meal that is best eaten while the egg and bacon are still warm. Maybe your box lunch goes no further than the back porch, where you can watch over the bird feeder and plan the fall bulb scheme. Or it will transport nicely to the tent that has sprung up in the living room where someone has a scratchy throat, and needs sustenance to get through the long afternoon home from school.
And, as is the case with most sandwiches, this is greatly enhanced with a judicious handful of potato chips.