Sorry, chickens, but in these tasty recipes, the egg definitely comes first. Each dish starts with a hard-cooked version of one of the most versatile proteins around (we’re guessing you might have a bunch left over after Easter). Crack open a couple—or a dozen, and you’ve got the base for a tasty hors d’oeuvre, a sandwich fit for the queen, or two satisfyingly piquant side dishes.
For hard-cooked eggs that are creamy and tender, not rubbery, place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 8 minutes, then transfer to an ice-water bath.
We have the French to thank for this sauce starring hard-boiled eggs. Studded with briny capers and cornichons, it makes a lively dressing for steamed new potatoes.
2. Cheater's Deviled Eggs
Don't have time to fuss over the real deal? Make this deconstructed riff on deviled eggs instead. It's got the telltale mayo, mustard, paprika, and dill but takes just 10 minutes to assemble atop rice crackers.
3. Curried-Egg-Butter Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber-and-cream cheese sandwiches are so last year! You'll forget all about them once you take a bite of this version schmeared with a delectable mixture of butter, hard-boiled eggs, curry powder, yogurt, jalapeño, and cilantro.
4. Three-Pepper Egg-Salad
A holy flavor trinity of peppers—pepperoncini, Peppadews, and bell peppers—sets this egg salad apart. Serve in cups of butter lettuce or between slices of soft white bread.