This handy guide is packed with simple egg recipes, safety tips and easy step-by-step cooking instructions. Learn how to cook your eggs properly and then test out your skills with one of 15 simple egg recipes.
Cooking Eggs: What You Need to Know
Let's get the facts straight on egg safety. Eggs should be thoroughly cooked.
America’s egg farmers continually work to ensure the safest and highest quality eggs possible. We can all do our part by properly and safely transporting, storing and preparing eggs and all our food.
Here's how to handle, store and cook eggs safely:
- Never leave eggs out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if it’s warm
- Store eggs in the main section of the refrigerator, not on the door; they need to remain at a constant temperature between 33 and 40 degrees F.
- Clean hands, utensils and food surfaces are a must to reduce the chance of cross-contamination
- Eggs should be cooked until the whites and yolks are firm
For our favorite dishes made with eggs, like quiche and meat loaf, an instant-read thermometer helps verify that the safe internal temperature of 160 degrees is reached.
To learn more about egg safety, visit eggsafety.org or call 404-367-2761.
15 Simple Egg Recipes plus Tips on How to Hard-Cook Eggs
- Breakfast Crossiant Melt - This is definitely not your ordinary breakfast sandwich. With Havarti (or your favorite) sliced cheese, tomatoes and scrambled eggs on fresh croissants, this breakfast sandwich is sure to grab the attention of your sleepy heads!
- Cobb Scramble - This scrambled egg take-off on the flavors of the classic Cobb Salad, which originated at Hollywood's Brown Derby Restaurant in the 1930s, is a perfect change-of-pace brunch selection!
- Egg Strata - Mr. Food joins America's Egg Farmers aboard the navy ship USS Porter to salute America's military. Their Good Egg Breakfast puts a smile on everyone's face there, as it will on your ship...we mean, at your house.
- Greek Omelet - In just minutes, you can mix and cook up the tastes of the Mediterranean in your very own omelet! What could be a better breakfast or light lunch or dinner than this flavorful blend of eggs, feta cheese, spinach and kalamata olives?
- Hearty Quiche - This cheese-and-meat quiche is a hearty treat that'll keep you full all day. Do breakfast right with Hearty Quiche!
- Veggie Frittata - This recipe for an Italian-style unfolded omelet, known as a frittata, will make breakfast or brunch a stand-out. Its an all-in-one skillet egg dish that uses whatever fillings we have on hand to please our hungry gang!
- Deviled Eggs - These are such an American standard that they may have been here before the Pilgrims...so here's the easiest and tastiest way to be oh-so devilish.
- Country Corn Bread - You're gonna love slathering this corn bread with creamy butter or drizzling it with honey. Even better, combine the two and make honey butter. It's the perfect corn bread topping for the best homemade corn bread recipe around.
- Easy Moussaka - This shortcut version of the classic Greek favorite moussaka can be on your table in no time! With tender layers of eggplant, ground beef and a creamy custard topping, they'll be shouting "Opa!" when you serve it!
- Lemon Meringue Cake - Are you a lemon lover? Everybody is when they taste this easy cake version of lemon meringue pie.
- Feather-Light Chocolate Drops - Craving something sweet? These chocolate meringue drops are light as a feather and really hit the spot!
- Classic Rice Pudding - Rice pudding is one of those desserts that people rarely think of making at home anymore, yet whenever we eat it, we always say it's our favorite. So use some leftover rice or make it just for your pudding. Either way, there's no need to wait any longer to dig in.
- Creme Brulee - We can almost hear the roar of the lions and thundering sound of elephants trekking across the wilderness when Mr. Food tempts us with an easy creme brulee laced with the African liqueur Amarulla.
- Chocolate Chip Cheesecake - This is one of my most popular recipes ever! That's why I included it in my cookbook, "Mr. Food TV Favorites." See for yourself what makes it such a hit!
- Apricot Bread Pudding - Day-old bread becomes brand new comfort food when we bake up this melt-in-your-mouth recipe for apricot bread pudding. Serve it with some piping hot coffee and unwind in style!
Bonus: How to Expertly Hard-Cook Eggs
These egg cooking tips will show you how to turn out hard-cooked eggs that are perfect every time! Howard Helmer of the American Egg Board shared tips for making the perfect hard-cooked eggs. He says the key is to "hard-cook," not boil, them.