These heirloom boiled eggs are one of my favourite recipes from my Spanish grandmother. My aunties also make them and as I now make them too, the recipe has reached the third generation, so I can call these boiled eggs: heirloom boiled eggs. Do you have any favourite recipes passed down generations in your family?
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Heirloom Boiled Eggs Recipe
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
a tiny pinch turmeric
Start by boiling 6 eggs. Place 6 fresh eggs in a pot. Fill and cover with cold water. Bring to boil, gently stirring the eggs once in a while so that the yolks migrate as much as possible to the center of the egg. Once the water has reached boiling point, turn off the heat. Put on a timer for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes are up, take the eggs out of the hot water and put them into cold water.
Peel and chop the onion and the garlic.
Peel the hard boiled eggs and cut them in halves. Get 2 bowls. Crack and beat the remaining raw egg in one of the bowls. Put the flour with a pinch of salt in the other bowl.
One by one, take each boiled egg half, inmerse them in the the beaten egg, then cover them with the flour.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the chopped onion. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until they become soft. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes until they too become soft. Add the cumin, turmeric along with some salt and pepper to taste. Turn up the heat a little and add all of the eggs. Fry them a little on both sides: top and bottom. Add a bit of water so that the eggs don’t get too dry, and to sort of create a bit of a sauce. Bring back down to medium heat and continue cooking for at least 5 more minutes to let all the flavours mix.
Accompany with either some fresh bread or white rice. It goes great with a glass of white wine. Enjoy your meal!