I have this major obsession with all foods that are diner-ey. Obviously I love breakfast since I try to feed you guys pancakes at least once every couple of weeks. But I really love all kinds of greasy-spoon type foods. Don’t even act like you don’t love it too. Say it with me now: Beee eeeLLLL Teee. Yeah.
So really I guess the obsession is not so much diner foods as it is improving on diner foods and making them into what I really want them to be. There are no good diners where we live which I actually find really surprising. This place is pretty rural and country and I sort of expected to be able to get like a big club sandwich (you know the kind– triple decker toasty white bread with thick layers of turkey, lettuce, tomato and bacon?!) with a side of local fried squash somewhere. Makes sense right?
Diners here serve instant oatmeal at breakfast. The menu actually offers prices for one packet or two. Once I ordered a chicken club and I got a big slab of greasy pre-formed fried chicken covered in yellow American cheese with wilty lettuce. Ew. No thank you. Some of you might remember the time I ordered apple pancakes and got… well you can read How It’s S’posed To Be here. I find all of this very confusing because I grew up in a city not far from here full of dank little diners that serve amazing food.
24 hours a day.
Awesome steak fries with homemade ranch dressing at 3 am? Don’t mind if I do (note: it’s been A LOT of years since I ate anywhere at 3 am but I swear junk food tastes better when you should be sleeping).
The moral of the story is that now you all understand why I home cook so much food. It’s better like this anyway. So I’m passing it on to you.
Egg salad is not something I would ever be brave enough to order out somewhere but it is on every single diner menu. There are some secrets to FANTASTIC egg salad. I’m sharing them because I heart all of you. Best Dang Egg Salad Recipe Ever coming right up!
And the very first thing you need to know is… separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. You know how when you make deviled eggs the yolks are scooped out and mashed with all the goodness? This is like that.
Added to the yolk will be a little mayo, some mustard, vinegar, onion, seasoning, BACON, and chopped jalapenos.
Obviously you could opt to leave out the jalapenos but I have a garden full of peppers that have to go somewhere and egg salad needed a little kick. Plus I hate sweet pickles.
Crunchy crisp iceberg lettuce is crucial. Plus more bacon. And potato chips!!! Do you put potato chips on your sandwiches? They definitely amp up a sandwich X 1000. This egg salad sandwich is serious. If I had a diner I would be proud to serve this.
- Egg Salad:
- 5 hard boiled eggs
- 2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3 teaspoons finely diced onion
- 1 small jalapeno, diced
- 3 teaspoons light mayo
- 1 teaspoon spicy mustard
- ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon pink sea salt
- pepper to taste
- thick bread
- shredded iceberg lettuce
- crispy plain Kettle Chips
- a dash of vinegar for dressing the sandwiches
- 4-6 slices cooked bacon
- Cut the eggs in half and separate the whites from the yolks. Place the whites on a cutting board and coarsely chop. Place the yolks in a bowl and mash with the back of a fork.
- Toss the crumbled bacon, diced onion, and chopped jalapeno on top of the egg whites. Cut the ingredients together to form an evenly incorporated finely chopped mix.
- Add the mayo, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper to the yolks and mash/stir until smooth. Add the egg white blend to the bowl and stir to incorporate everything.
- To make the sandwiches, pile shredded iceberg lettuce on the bottom sandwich slice. Spoon a heap of egg salad on top. Dress with the extra vinegar if you like it like that (we do!!). Add a slice or two of bacon to each sandwich and then pile the Kettle Chips on top.
- Best Dang Egg Salad Recipe Ever.
I used the recipe for Easy Homemade French Bread from The Prairie Homestead using half white flour and half whole wheat to make the bread in these photos. You guys always aske questions about the bread! So I thought I’d pass along that this recipe was SIMPLE and successful on both attempts (plus it only requires 5 ingredients– flour, salt, sugar, yeast, water, egg wash!) and we loooooved it.