The Kid and I love egg salad but Shack doesn't. He really can't deal with the smell in the house more than anything so, in the interest of marital harmony, I never make it. We decided that this week, since Shack was out of town, it was time for an egg saladpalooza. We had fresh farmer's eggs so they were especially lovely with deep, golden orange yolks and just full of flavour. I was also craving a BLT and was kind of torn between the two so I thought I would combine the sandwiches into a BET - well, more of a PET since I used pancetta instead of bacon. I loved the little hit of zingy sourness of the pickled spring onions and the crunchy saltiness of the pancetta but otherwise, it's my own basic egg salad recipe. I think that sometimes we strive so hard to do things that are new and unique and cutting edge that we forget about the simple things that we have loved all of our lives. A little tweek here, a little change there but it's still just a really great egg salad sandwich.
1 large plum tomato or 2 small
at least 4 thin slices pancetta
bread or crusty buns
fry thinly slice pancetta in a frying pan until crisp and remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
4 med hard boiled eggs
2 tbls mayonnaise
1 tsp sweet relish
pinch celery salt
1 tbls pickled spring onions that I made last week
2 tbls celery
3 chives, minced
To make the hard boiled eggs:
put four eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil over med heat. As soon as it boils, take them off the heat and let them sit for 20 minutes. Put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and then either peel them and use them right away or put them in a bowl in the fridge until you need them.
It's up to you what sort of texture you like in your egg salad. I like to mash them up with a fork but some people like big chunks and chop them with a knife. Do what ever you need to do.
Mix the egg with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
When it's time to assemble your sandwich, get a plum tomato and slice it into thin slices and assemble your sandwich:
bottom slice of bread
top slice of bread