Do you have some purple, yellow or tie-dyed hard-boiled eggs staring at you from the refrigerator now that Easer is over? If you know that they’ve been kept at a safe temperature* the whole time, don’t let them go to waste. Eat them. Here are seven ways to use them — some obvious, some not so obvious.

  1. Egg Salad. Yes, this is one of the obvious ones. Add a little mayonnaise and onion or scallion, and you’ve got a quick lunch. Serve on whole grain bread with a nice slice of tomato to punch up the nutrition factor.
  2. Deviled Eggs. Another obvious one, but everyone loves deviled eggs, right? Serve them as a side dish with dinner tonight (perhaps a dinner of leftover ham). If you’ve never made deviled eggs before, Simply Recipes has a basic recipe that you might want to try.
  3. Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Tartines. Ina Garten takes egg salad where you’ve probably never seen it before with these little open-faced sandwiches. Her version of egg salad is placed on top of smoked salad that is placed on top of grilled bread.
  4. Egg Potato Salad. There are as many recipes for egg potato salad out there as there are people who make the picnicky dish. This one from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary blog looks pretty good to me.
  5. Pickled Pub Eggs. Very easy pickling recipe using malt vinegar and a few spices. Put them all in a jar, add the eggs, and allow to pickle for one week before eating.
  6. Hard Boiled Egg Breakfast Melt. These sandwiches can be made with your favorite breakfast ingredients, but the key is to start with eggs.
  7. Papadzules. This is a Mayan rolled stuffed tortilla dish. If you’ve got the time to experiment with a new dish to use up those hard-boiled eggs, give this a try. You’ll need to make a pumpkin seed sauce and a special salsa called Chiltomate for the tortillas that are stuffed with chopped hard-boiled eggs, peppers, onion and garlic.

* Eggs that have been unrefrigerated for more than two hours at a time might not be safe to eat. You’ll want to err on the side of caution with this one. Also, hard-boiled eggs will keep safely in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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