Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Maybe this recipe is a little too basic for you. If you already make perfect eggs, then go ahead and skip this post. But my method is so darn easy that you might want to switch to it. I swear, it is fool-proof.

If you HATE that hideous greenish ring that forms around overcooked hard-boiled egg yolks, then fear no more! Since I have instituted this method, I have never again ruined a good egg with bad cooking. My eggs are now worthy of serving to company.

Begin with a single layer of raw eggs in the bottom of a sauce pan. Cover with cold water. (You can add a pinch of baking soda if you want. I'm not sure if this does anything? Tim Ferriss told me it makes them easier to peel.) Place covered pan on stove over high heat. Watch the pot! When it boils, immediately turn off the heat. Keep the pot covered and set a timer for twenty minutes. After 20 minutes, dump out the hot water and rinse eggs with cold water. Peel eggs immediately as they peel much more easily when warm. Store peeled eggs in the fridge for several days. (Very fresh eggs are harder to peel. Use eggs that have been in the fridge for at least a week to save yourself a lot of swearwords.)

Each whole egg contains about 7 grams of protein which makes exactly 1 block of protein, if you are following the Zone diet. Three eggs makes enough protein for a meal (for most women) or possibly 4 eggs if you are very active and carry a lot of muscle.

What to do with hard-boiled eggs?

Hard-boiled eggs are good just sprinkled with a little salt and pepper for a snack. I also like to add a bit of butter and mash them warm. According to Tim Ferriss (see The Four Hour Chef) add a drop of truffle oil to transform the egg to a thing of magnificence. Deviled eggs are delicious for a snack, a picnic, or a party. Egg salad can be spooned into a raw, hollowed-out red pepper half for a quick and healthy lunch. Slice up an egg to top your Nicoise salad (along with tuna, green beans, and capers) or your Chef salad (along with turkey, ham, and an ounce of shredded cheese).

Although eggs are not my favorite treat, they are an excellent source of high quality protein, inexpensive, and so easy to cook and transport. I recommend adding eggs to at least one meal per week. Discover your favorite way to enjoy eggs and then share your ideas with us!