A Carb-Free Snack:
Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps
Eggs are a staple ingredient in my kitchen, mainly due to the fact that we keep chickens, at the bottom of or garden, and as they are nature’s best fast food package – easy to cook and essential for baking. My chickens have been on and off lay over the last few weeks, they are in the middle of moulting, which takes egg laying out of them, but, their new feathers are nearly all back and they are looking very pretty in their new summer livery. With eggs coming into the house again with alarming regularity, I thought it was time to create a new savoury egg recipe for tea the other night.
Today’s recipe is for Egg Salad, that ubiquitous type of salad where chopped hard-boiled eggs are mixed with mayonnaise, which is usually then used in sandwich fillings. Now, I love a good old-fashioned egg salad, and I already share a recipe for a classic English Egg Salad and Cress sandwich filling on Lavender and Lovage…….well, a Egg and Two Cress Sandwich Recipe as it happens…….
……..and as you can see from my photo above, the egg salad filling is made with free-range eggs and two types of cress; mustard and cress and watercress. But, being bereft of cress, at present, and with a couple of half empty (or is that half full?) jars of red pesto and grilled red peppers in the fridge, I decided to pep things up a bit and create a spicy egg salad recipe, perfect for a simple tea and for a low-calorie and low-carb diet day sans bread.
I have an absolute thing about baby gem lettuce lately, I love it in cooked recipes, such as this rather lovely accompaniment recipe for Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche……
………as well as in simple bread-free wraps, such as this recipe for Crispy Coconut Crepes with Prawns.
And, my recipe over on the Great British Chef’s website for Lucky Lettuce Wraps – Crispy Duck Parcels, is also hugely popular too.
But, back to today’s recipe for Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps – these are easy to prepare and if like me, you have some unloved jars of peppers and pesto lurking in the back of your fridge, then why not make a batch of this egg salad – it’s FAB in bread sandwiches as well – perfect for the office or school lunch box as well as picnics.
As well as being easy to make, this recipe is also an ideal candidate for Dom over at Belleau Kitchen’s monthly Simply Eggcellent challenge, where the theme is for “savoury egg” dishes this month. Do try this egg salad recipe out, and let me know what random jars of ingredients you used in your recipe! Karen