We love this idea from food photographer and creative cook Melina Hammer, via Handsome Brook Farm.

Handsome Brook Farm is a pioneer in organic pasture-raised eggs, with distribution on the East Coast. We can assure you that in blind tastes tests two years apart, organic eggs were the clear winner over other eggs.

Which brings us back to Melina Hammer’s inspiration for today’s tip. When we saw her egg garnishes (photo #1), we said: Wow, what a better idea than deviled eggs. Who needs mayo calories when you can add flavor like this?

For holiday entertaining, summer picnics, anytime: Exercise your creative egg garnishing skills.

While you can use a single garnish, combine them for a visual, textural and taste sensation.

You’ll have to cut some items to size. Don’t be afraid to slice and dice.

  • Anchovy (photo #2)
  • Avocado Slice/Guacamole
  • Baby Arugula
  • Bacon/Canadian Bacon
  • Bean Dip/Other Dip
  • Capers/Caperberry (photo #3)
  • Caviar: Salmon, Tobiko, Etc. (Affordable Caviars)
  • Chili Paste
  • Chow-Chow, Corn Relish, Pickle Relish
  • Chutney (photo #4)
  • Crème Fraîche or Sour Cream
  • Dijon Mustard/Flavored Dijon (Types Of Mustard)
  • Flaked Canned Tuna Or Salmon
  • Flavored Mayonnaise
  • Gherkins, Thinly Sliced
  • Herbs: Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley
  • Honey/Spicy Honey
  • Hummus
  • Marinated Grape Tomato Half
  • Mesclun, Lightly Dressed
  • Microgreens
  • Minced chives
  • Mostarda
  • Pâté Cube
  • Pesto
  • Pickled Jalapeño
  • Pickled Onions
  • Pickled Mushroom
  • Pico De Gallo Salsa
  • Radishes, Thinly Sliced
  • Roasted Red Pepper Strips
  • Small Shrimp Or Crabmeat
  • Sliced Olives
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Tapenade

    Melina calls her 6-minute eggs custard eggs, after the creamy consistency of the centers (photo #1). We like them too.

    Boil a couple and see how you like the consistency.


    Decorated Hard Boiled Eggs
    [1] Garnished hard-boiled eggs from food photographer Melina Hammer.

    Dish Of Anchovies
    [2] Anchovy fillets are a good contrast with the bland eggs. Roll them or cut them to size (photo courtesy Vital Choice).

    [3] A single caperberry is more weildly than multiple small capers (photo Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE).

    Tomato Chutney
    [4] Tomato chutney. You can use sweet or savory chutney to garnish (photo courtesy Food TV).



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