Monday, March 21, 2016


There really isn't anything I can say about Easter that everyone doesn't already know. Nor is there anything food related that I should add about this Holiday......other than "Let's dig in!" using a great flavored egg as a base for a couple of remarkable recipes.

Tea Brown Eggs

Not only are these eggs great for your Easter get together, but equally enjoyed during the summer, whenever cookouts are on your menu. Use this umami-style egg recipe in lieu of regular hard boiled eggs for a multitude of recipes, including Simply Yanked Deviled Eggs and Fried Sriracha Deviled Eggs, found below.

6 eggs
3 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic in oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, optional
6 orange pekoe tea bags

Boil eggs until hard boiled. Immediately submerse in cold water until completely cooled. Meanwhile, bring to boiling, over high heat, water, soy sauce, molasses, garlic and sesame oil. Whisk well, remove from heat and add tea bags; set aside. Peel eggs. Place eggs and tea mixture in a large bowl with a lid, or simply cover with film wrap. Refrigerate 24 hours, dunking eggs a couple times to marinate evenly. Drain, discarding marinade and tea bags and enjoy.

Simply Yanked Deviled Eggs   

A smoky, simple addition to any Easter dinner or picnic. If you don't have Chinese 5-Spice powder, simply make your own by mixing 1 tablespoon star anise, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves. Pulse in a blender or coffee grinder.

6 Tea Brown Eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tablespoon sour cream
1/4 cup shredded, smoked Cheddar or Gouda cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-Spice powder

Split Tea Brown Eggs in half and scoop out the yolks. With the yolks in a bowl, mix in yogurt, 3 tablespoons cheese and Chinese 5-Spice powder. Fill each cavity of each egg half with cheese mixture, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving with remainder of cheese sprinkled over the top.

Fried Sriracha Deviled Eggs  

Sriracha and chili sauce are basically the same thing. Made with chili paste, vinegar, garlic, a sweetener and a pinch of salt, it has been a staple in Thai cooking only for a short time since its first appearance less than a century ago. Always opt for the hot chili sauce, if substituting, because of the heat so often associated with sriraha.

6 Tea Brown Eggs
3 tablespoons sriracha or hot chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon horseradish, optional
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Oil for frying

Heat oil(if using a deep fryer)according to manufacturer's instructions to 350-degrees F. Or use a sturdy pot, and 2-3 cups canola oil, and heat oil over medium heat with a thermometer attached to the side. Meanwhile, cut each egg in half and remove yolks into a bowl. Thoroughly blend with sriracha sauce, red pepper flakes and horseradish. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Whisk milk and eggs until well combined. Dip each egg half into milk mixture and into cornmeal. Dip it back into the milk mixture a second time and lastly back into cornmeal. Gently lower 3-4 breaded egg halves into hot oil and fry until golden brown all around, about 3-5 minutes, turning once or twice to ensure even cooking. Let oil get back to temperature before continuing with remainder of egg halves, Place fried eggs onto a serving plate with the cut-side facing up and evenly distribute prepared yolk filling. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just took the eggs out of the refrigerator Chef and they came out exactly as your picture. Haven't tried them yet but we are eating half of them plain and making one of the stuffed eggs for our family today. Wish me luck.