Our favorite egg salad cream cheese, and leeks, a wonderful dip or spread, perfect for using some leftover hard-boiled eggs.
Leftover hard-boiled eggs can be turned into a delicious cream cheese egg salad to be enjoyed on sandwiches or crispbread.
Every Easter, I have the same problem: tons of leftover hard-boiled eggs! I like hard-boiled eggs a lot, and during normal times I even happen to cook about 4 or 5 of them on a Sunday just to have some to eat on bread for breakfast during the following week, but after Easter, we just have too many.
What to do with leftover hard-boiled eggs?
I have quite a lot of recipes with hard-boiled eggs on my blog; here are a few nice ideas for your leftover Easter eggs:
- Cauliflower, Peas, and Eggs in Mustard White Sauce
- Deviled Eggs with Tuna and Mayonnaise
- Salad à la Russe with Potatoes, Beetroot, and Mayonnaise
- Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese
- Romanian Boeuf Salad with Potatoes, Gherkins, and Mayonnaise
What is egg salad?
A classic egg salad is a very simple and delicious affair: some hard-boiled eggs, chopped and mixed with good quality mayonnaise (best homemade) and some salt and pepper.
However, the variations are endless; today's recipe is just another twist on an egg salad.
For me, at the time being, this is the best egg salad I know; I have been making it repeatedly for years now. And when I say repeatedly, I am not exaggerating; I've made it at least 10 times only during the past months. A delight every time!
What do you put in it?
- There are many ways to enrich or modify a classic egg salad in order to make it healthier, lower in fat or calories, spicier, richer, more interesting, or whatever.
- You can add different sorts of mustard (hot, medium, sweet, grainy, smooth, with horseradish, with apples or herbs, etc.), chili sauces of any kind (plain, sweet, sweet-sour, Sriracha, sambal oelek, harissa, etc.).
- Mayonnaise can be mixed with yogurt or cream cheese; you can leave the mayonnaise completely out of the equation and only use cream cheese instead.
- A mixture of quark, yogurt, crème fraiche, smetana, and sour cream is also a good idea.
- You can add pickles, chopped ham, grated cheese, cooked or raw diced vegetables, avocado, fruit like canned mandarins or pineapple, fresh apples or pears, olives, pesto, and so on.
How to season egg salad?
- Change the spices according to your mood, taste, and the rest of the ingredients as well. I spice this version with only salt and pepper and a lot of cayenne pepper.
- Otherwise, when it comes to egg salad, you can spice it up with pretty much anything you like.
- I love to add fresh herbs, I find chives particularly good in most combinations, but fresh parsley or dill are wonderful choices as well.
- You can replace the cayenne pepper with all sorts of paprika powder, ground cumin or coriander, turmeric, chili and herb mixtures, za'atar, sumac, flaked dried tomatoes, dried herbs like oregano, Italian or French dried herb mixtures.
- Really the sky is the limit; a good egg salad can be different and delicious every time you make it.
How long does it keep?
- A question that arises quite often when it comes to egg salads or to bread/sandwich spreads generally is how long will they keep in the fridge.
- When it comes to salads or spreads made with homemade mayonnaise, my answer is: the sooner you eat it, the better! I usually try not to keep anything made with raw eggs in for more than 2 days in the fridge.
- However, if you make the salad with bought mayonnaise, cream cheese, or any other of the above-mentioned additions, the egg salad will keep for 3 to 5 days in the fridge. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container and refrigerate it shortly after preparing it.
- Any kind of egg salad should not be kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours, even less in summer or warmer regions.
- It doesn't freeze well, it is preferable to make smaller portions that can be eaten within a few days.
- This cream cheese egg salad should also be consumed within 3-5 days. It can be served on bread/sandwiches, crispbread, or as a dip for raw vegetable sticks or breadsticks.
More recipes with leeks
Cream Cheese Egg Salad
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- 300 g/ 10.6 oz/ 1 ⅓ cups cream cheese regular fat or low-fat (See note 1)
- 1 thin leek See note 2
- 2-3 tablespoons milk as needed
- cayenne pepper to taste
- fine sea salt and pepper
- some chives optional
- Use leftover hard-boiled eggs or boil some eggs, rinse them in cold water and let them cool down completely.
- Stir the cream cheese well to make it smooth.
- Chop the leek (white and green parts) very finely and add them to the cream cheese. Mix well and add some salt, pepper and cayenne pepper before you add the eggs.
- Add some milk to make the mixture smoother and a bit less stiff.
- I prefer to mix very well before adding the eggs so that I will not crush the chopped eggs too much when stirring. But that is just a matter of preference, the egg salad will taste the same, no matter at what point you stir it.
- Chop the eggs finely and carefully fold them into the salad. Using an egg slicer makes things faster.
- Taste again and add more seasoning to taste. Sprinkle with chopped chives or some leftover, finely chopped greens from the leek.
- The nutrition was calculated with regular fat cream cheese.
- I usually buy a large leek and use a piece about as long as my hand, making sure that about half of it is white, while the other half of it is green.
I've almost missed this one and it would be a pity.... It looks so delicious! I love egg salads!
(By the way, when I have leftover hard-boiled eggs - quite rare but it happens - I always cook them in an Indian sauce/curry; I have at least two recipes on my blog, in case you still look for ideas).
So I love this idea! Then I noticed the ingredients say to use one and a third cup of cream cheese(!!!!!) and this is to only 3 eggs!!! Something seems like it might be amiss here. Is it correct as this may be more creamy than I am used to or are the proportion correct. I think I would adjust the cream cheese a bit.
What a lovely idea to use leeks in it as well.
Thanks for great inspiration!
Hi Carol. It's correct, this is something to put into a a sandwich, so really creamy. We love it like this, but you can make it less cheesy if you like.
@Adina, I did make this yesterday, and realized that a bit extra cream cheese is a welcome change! It is such a nice spin on the egg salad I have made always. So funny how we get into this rut where we don't think of other possibilities when it comes to cooking, glad to get the nudge to make something a bit different.
I am glad to hear it, Carol. Thank you for the feedback!