Eggs are one of the least expensive proteins on the market. You can get a dozen eggs for less than $2 in most regions of the country, and often, if you buy in larger amounts, you can get an even better deal. But because they take a while to spoil, it's easy to shelve them and forget them until right around the expiration date. If you find that happens to you on a regular basis, you may want to collect some backup recipes for when you find yourself in possession of an excess of incredible, edible eggs.
Hard-boil eggs to use them in a huge variety of culinary situations. You can eat hard-boiled eggs plain or with a smidge of salt and pepper -- they're great when packed with lunch. You can also make chef's salads and other lettuce-based dishes and include a hard-boiled egg for protein; mix up a batch of egg salad for sandwiches and side dishes; and make devilled eggs for parties and holidays.
Omelets are a classic breakfast food that will fill you up any time of the day. Beat up three to five eggs in a small bowl along with a dash of milk and your favorite herbs or spices, then pour into a well-greased frying pan and let cook for 30-60 seconds. Scrape the cooked egg portions towards the center, allowing the runnier egg mixture to touch the hottest part of the pan. When all the egg is cooked, sprinkle in cheese and other desired toppings, fold in half, and serve with ketchup or salsa.
Frittatas are also known as Italian omelets, and since they are incredibly flexible and can be combined with just about ingredients, they are great breakfast-for-dinner meals. You'll need about one egg per serving (don't forget, some people eat more than one serving!) plus 1/2 to 1 cup of each desired topping. Sauté any vegetables and meat you're planning to add, then pour the egg mixture (some people mix in milk, others cottage cheese) over the top and cook well.
Quiches are basically egg pies. Again, they are very versatile, and you can put all manner of delicious additions inside. You'll need a pie crust, plus eggs, cheese, milk, seasonings, and topping (ham, sausage, and vegetables are the most popular); the toppings then (ironically!) go on the bottom, inside the pie crust, and the egg mixture gets poured on top.
Want to use up your eggs in a way you can take on the road? Make up some breakfast burritos and freeze them in individual portions -- then you can just grab one, throw it in the microwave, and go. Mix together eggs and omelet-style toppings such as bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese, and roll it all into a tortilla.
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