The theme of the week is eggs. Really, the theme of my life is eggs. I have this theory, any dish is better when you put a fried egg on it: pizza, burgers, fried rice, name one food that isn’t better with an egg on it. You can’t. I really could eat eggs at every meal & never feel deprived. In keeping with my pickling obsession, I pickled some eggs this week. In all fairness, I’ve never eaten a pickled egg before so I have nothing to compare it with with regard to quality. I don’t even know where you would get a pickled egg. At a bar? Isn’t that what’s in the jar on The Simpsons at Moe’s Tavern?
The pickled egg recipe I tried out was made with liquid smoke to give it a slight smokiness under the vinegary pickled flavor. I also looked at some recipes for pickled eggs using beets, where the eggs end up a lovely pinkish-red color when they’re done. But since I’m one of the only members of my family who likes beets, I 86ed the idea (for now).
Smoky Pickled Eggs
- 1 dozen hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 2C apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 bay leaves
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp liquid smoke
- 2 tbsp Kosher salt
- Pack your hard-boiled eggs in jars. Fun fact: 1 dozen large eggs fit nicely into a quart-size Mason jar. Don’t worry if it seems like there’s not enough room, the eggs will shrink down slightly in the pickling liquid.
- In a saucepan, combine remaining ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until salt has dissolved and liquid begins to boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer pickling liquid for about 5 minutes.
- Cool liquid, uncovered to room temperature. It takes about 30 minutes.
- Pour liquid over eggs until completely immersed (A few of mine were peeking out of the liquid on top, and didn’t get as flavorful all the way through.)
- Cover jar and refrigerate for 24 hours before eating. The longer they are able to sit in the liquid, the happier and more pickley they will be.
- Be aware the egg whites will be slightly harder than a normal hard-boiled egg. Delicious in egg salad, for making deviled eggs, or straight out of the jar!
For more on my egg obsession, check out my Huevos board on Pinterest!