Every Easter eve, the Easter bunny visits our home and hides all our vibrantly decorated eggs. My kids love waking up early on Easter to see who can find the most eggs. They race around the house pulling them out of the house plants, the windowsills, and the bookcases.
If the Easter bunny has done his job well, we wake up to the eggs hidden in the most strategic of spots. If he has done his job poorly, we ultimately wake up to a house stinking of eggs with a trail of shells strewn across the carpet. In the center of it all, we will find our naughty pup looking slightly ill, with a bloated little belly.
Luckily for us, our Easter bunny is a fast learner and rarely makes the same mistakes twice. Our bunny has learned many important lessons over the years. Eggs need to be hidden up high, away from the dog. Eggs should not be stuffed under couch cushions or pillows where they will be sat on. Eggs also shouldn’t be hidden in a spot that is so clever that it is never, ever found.
After all, nothing brings Easter screeching to a halt faster than the realization that you are missing an egg. Once all our brightly colored eggs are recovered and placed neatly back into the cartons, we typically find ourselves with a colossal pile of eggs. Eggs that everyone loves to decorate, yet no one loves to eat.
That feat falls squarely upon my shoulders. By mid-morning everyone is repulsed by the smell of eggs wafting through the house. To help minimize the offending smell, I place all the eggs in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, every time the refrigerator is opened, I must hear about the olfactory warfare in the house.
The windows are dramatically thrown open and I am repeatedly asked if I know what the house smells like. When I refuse to answer, my kid’s prattle on about all the things that boiled eggs smells worse then. They smell worse than a wet dog, they smell worse than the dog’s breath, they smell worse than the dog’s…well you get the picture.
Once the afternoon rolls around, everyone is begging me to throw the eggs out. I refuse to throw them out and start to contemplate how fast I can eat a dozen eggs. I resolve to look at the heap of eggs as a culinary challenge. With sheer determination, I will peel, chop and slice every egg in site. One of my favorite Easter egg leftover recipes is a hearty egg sandwich with avocado and baby arugula.
Hearty Egg Salad Sandwich with Avocado and Baby Arugula
- 4 large hard boiled eggs
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 4 pieces sourdough bread, toasted
- 1 avocado sliced thin
- ½ cup baby arugula
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Toast 4 slices of sourdough bread. Layer thinly sliced avocado on top. Quartered 4 hard boiled eggs and place on top of avocado. Toss baby arugula with lemon juice and olive oil. Place arugula on top and drizzle with additional olive oil. Top with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.