(This is not a recipe request, as I will try to make clear.)

It's Easter egg season in our household, and my 5 ½-year-old niece is going for quantity, not quality. This means that we have an even-larger-than-usual quantity of the blown-out innards of all the eggs we've dyed with food-safe dyes.1

So, we're talking whole eggs, not fully scrambled, but not exactly in a separatable condition, either, and with the occasional streak of purple or pink.2

At this point, we're all deathly sick of scrambled eggs and omelets. We've even gotten tired of the Hungarian harbringer of spring, tojásos nokedli, which is basically spätzle with a scrambled-egg sauce.

What other types of things could we look into cooking that would most efficiently use up all these eggs? By "efficient", I mean things that don't require a whole lot of other ingredients. Obviously, I've eliminated the most efficient use, i.e. just cook the eggs (=scrambled eggs), but there's got to be other things we could do.

1 We try to stick to food-safe dyes around kids, because they're not terribly good at not sticking their hands straight in the dye, and from thence in their mouth.
2 e.g. if an egg was accidentally left in the dye overnight, which never happens, no sir, not here, never. :)


Perhaps some breakfast strata would do the trick. I don't know how many ingredients you're looking for, but the basic recipes would (in addition to eggs) include bread, butter, cheese, milk or half-and-half, and a few meats, vegetables, and/or herbs. I've seen variations that use potatoes and rosemary, some that use bacon and scallions, some that use spinach or asparagus. Quite a variety.

My favorite ones are behind a paywall, but if you subscribe: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/506-breakfast-strata-with-sausage-mushrooms-and-monterey-jack (Cooks Country also has a strata-inspired recipe called Featherbed Eggs that I love.)

Otherwise, you can find strata recipes anywhere: http://www.food.com/recipe/ham-asparagus-strata-85885

Another one I quite enjoy is called Eggs Piperade, which is essentially scrambled eggs with a stir-fry of peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

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  • Unfortunately, giving it a fancy name like "Eggs Piperade" isn't going to make me like lecsó. :) However, savory bread pudding (aka strata) might be a winner. – Marti Mar 9 '16 at 1:42
  • LOL! If the name puts you off, just call it "scrambled eggs and sweet peppers." – Chris Bergin Mar 9 '16 at 1:55

One of my family's Easter traditions is pizza rustica -- it's a pie with a quiche-like center, but there's enough sausage and other stuff in it that it's not as blatantly eggy as a quiche. (unless you also add hard boiled eggs into the mix).

Another high egg count dish we serve for Easter (that doesn't require hard boiling, or separating the eggs) is Italian cheesecake (aka. 'ricotta pie'), made with citrus zest to lighten it up. (and sometimes wheat berries & citron, but I'm not a fan of that variation)

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If you're willing to occasionally toss in a few eggs in separable condition, you might think about making baked custards.

Cakes may be another good option, if you can stand all the sugar and fat (a.k.a. "where the flavor's at!").

It's also pretty hard to go wrong with a quiche (I don't think you need to toss in an egg yolk to get a yummy quiche), IMHO, and there's nothing wrong with the odd fritata every now and then!

If you've got a taste for southwestern or latin cuisine, might I recommend chilaquiles or migas?

Gato's Scrambled Eggs may provide you with an interesting twist on the notion of a scrambled egg.

ALSO! If you're willing and able to get a bit technical, you might think about hacking together your very own water oven and setting the yolks around 70 deg.C (). The still-runny whites will then perhaps be separable from the ever-so-creamy yolk. Saucy notion, eh?

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    On the cake side of things -- you could use them to make cookies (which would have a longer shelf life, so you could stretch out when you had to eat the eggs by) – Joe Mar 9 '16 at 19:36

Egg breads, some of which are even traditional Easter foods. You can, in fact, simply replace all the liquid in a yeast bread recipe with eggs (it will, of course, be quite different than with other liquids or a mixture of egg and other liquids) - but it will be bread, and since the point is to use it up in some manner that is not scrambled/omlet, there you go. Then you can take that when it goes stale and dip it more egg (and a little milk) for french toast.

Custard would be another approach.

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A solution for a different place in the process: why do you only color blown-out eggs? I know that they have some advantages, but you also end up with a lot of raw egg at once.

My family always colors hard boiled eggs only. That way

  • colored eggs get disposed of, instead of staying around for months and taking up space
  • the person who breaks an egg usually eats the contents, no reason to make tons of eggy dishes three days before a feast
  • when somebody has had enough of eating eggs, they don't go on breaking more eggs. The (whole, boiled) colored eggs can stay for weeks in the fridge and wait for your appetite, or a day of egg salad.

You don't have to switch to boiled eggs only, but a mixture of both will reduce the amount of raw egg contents on Maundy Thursday.

If you still end up with tons of egg contents: Easter breads have a very high egg content, make one of those. They are very tasty and keep for a long while, my grandma used to start with 3 kg of flour for a family gathering of 6 adults and 3 children. You can also start making French toast with them if you haven't eaten them within the first 4-5 days, although the egg contents won't keep that long out of the shell - you should make a separate question about the suitability of frozen eggs for French toast (they are no good for other stuff such as custard).

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  • Yeah, we don't just dye the eggs. There's a whole lot of work that goes into them. Even if you're my niece; her "quantity, not quality" merely means that she often does a design on only one side of the egg. Ain't no way in H-E-double-hockey-sticks I'm letting anyone break one of the eggs I've decorated, like on purpose and everything. – Marti Mar 9 '16 at 17:34
  • @marti We also had very elaborate designs on our eggs, but still broke and ate them. Which is good, because else there would be boxes of fragile content in the attic nobody is ever looking at (my family is a big packrat about everything else). Even my cousin's grandma breaks hers, and she does those wax-filigreed ones, like thehungariangirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/…. You can see it a bit like cake decorating: takes hours, is beautiful, but the result is a consumable. – rumtscho Mar 9 '16 at 17:41
  • We do the "boxes of fragile contents in the attic" thing. Well, basement, not attic (house doesn't have an attic), and blown-out eggshells are surprisingly durable, especially if you keep them in old egg cartons, but same idea. :) The way we keep it manageable is the Easter Monday tradition of the boys coming to water the girls, and getting decorated eggs for their trouble: in other words, we give away most of our production. Attrition happens, but we have some eggs from 40 years ago. – Marti Mar 9 '16 at 17:46

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