Friday, March 30, 2012

"HARD BOILED" EGGS FROM THE OVEN !!

There is nothing tricky about boiling eggs for Easter, but there are ALWAYS those eggs that crack as they boil, or the phone rings and you forget the eggs on the stove (and they overcook and  get those green "rings" around the yolks, etc.)  Not a big deal, but it can be a hassle when you are preparing for a crowd.

This oven method, of cooking eggs in the shell, is not only fool proof, but the eggs come out absolutely perfect and you can make a ba-jillion at once!!

Preheat your oven to 350 and place large size eggs in a mini-muffin pan (large end down). If you don't have a mini-muffin pan, you can use a regular cupcake pan  (they they will just roll around a little more).

How long you bake the eggs depends on the size of eggs you use and how hot your oven runs. I used large grade A eggs and cooked them for 25 minutes.  If you are concerned about it, just run a "test egg" to gauge how long to cook them.

When the eggs are done, use tongs to put the eggs into a bowl of ICE water (for 10 minutes) to stop further cooking.

NOTE: After the eggs are cooked, you MIGHT find SOME eggs that have brown speckles on them, but don't freak out; these little specks will dissolve when you put the eggs into the ice water. The next photo is before and after the ice water bath.

Not only is this a great way to cook Easter eggs in bulk, but the eggs are delicious!! The yolks are bright yellow and the whites are very tender (not rubbery like boiled eggs can produce).

Where has this cooking method been all my life!?!?

17 comments:

elizabeth said...

I made a bunch this way (except just rested on the rack - like your way better.) -- and my son (11yo) swears they tasted rubbery. ACK! I do love/prefer making them this way though...

Sherri said...

This is great! I plan to give this try in the next few weeks.

Peggy Clyde said...

I can't believe this will work. I have to cook several dozen for Easter and can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Coleens Recipes said...

Elizabeth: sounds like you cooked them too long?

Debbie said...

I have never heard of this method before and wish I had known about this. This is great! Thanks Coleen....I am going to definitely give this a try!!!

Anonymous said...

Just made these....they turned out great!

Peggy Clyde said...

My neighbor just cooked "boiled" eggs in the carton in her sun oven and they turned out the same. It's good to know there are alternative ways to do things. Thanks.

Shelby Law Ruttan said...

Very cool, I never would have imagined! Definitely will try it this way.

Mary said...

I would have loved to know about this when my children were small. I passed this information on to my daughters who both still dye eggs for the holiday. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Reeni said...

I never heard of this before! It sure makes it easier!

michelle @the village cook said...

Oh, I shared this on face book, I'm going to try it!

Anonymous said...

lol okay i'm trying this and some of the shells are cracking open, the egg whites are cooked so no mess but is this normal or do i need to take them out? it started doing this after about 15-20 min

Coleens Recipes said...

To Anonymous: I've NEVER had that problem, could your oven be cooking overly hot? How close is your pan of eggs to your heat source?

Carol said...

I'll have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing it. I've fried them in the oven, but haven't cooked them in the shell.

Cheri Hooper said...

do you put any water in the bottom of the muffin tins?

Coleens Recipes said...

To Cheri Hooper: No, just a dry pan.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to cook these eggs in the oven toaster? Microwave?