Easter Hard Boiled Eggs

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 10 mins

A Gruszecki tradition and now ours, is that each person gets a colored egg at the beginning of the meal, right after "grace". Each person uses his/her egg to tap on everyone else at the table, while wishing them a Happy Easter. Part of the trick is to be the last one with an egg not crushed. After you smack eggs with everyone at the table, the egg gets peeled and eaten. The following are a few hints that will help you cook the best hardboiled eggs: The fresher the egg, the harder it will be to peal it. You should purchase your eggs 2 weeks before you'll be cooking them in order to get them to peal easy. And, the way to get the yolk to be in the center of the egg after it's boiled, is to store them on their side. This relieves the pressure on the membrane within the egg that holds it suspended. The green coloring on the outside of the yolk is caused by cooking them too long. Cooking by the directions below will eliminate that. For additional pictures, please visit: http://www.capnrons.com/R_S_Easter_HardBoiled_Eggs.html?id=RZ


  1. Place the eggs in a pot with enough cold salted water to cover.
  2. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes only, then take off the heat and let the eggs sit in the pot, covered, for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. You'll get perfect hard boiled eggs using this method, without the outside of the yolk turning green.
  5. Drain the water out and either run cold water in or use ice cubes.
  6. If you don't cool them off quickly enough, they will develop a green skin between the yolk and the white.
  7. Peel the eggs, quarter and plate them.
  8. You can make these eggs a day or 2 ahead of Easter.
  9. If you wish to dye them, purchase "Paas" dyes or another edible dye version and follow the package directions.
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I can't believe I haven't rated this recipe yet! I don't know where I got this note, but it makes this recipe a winner:<br/><br/>"When the eggs are cold -- this will take just a couple of minutes -- tap them gently on the counter to crack their shell all around, and return to the bowl a few more minutes: the water will infiltrate the eggs beneath the shell and make them easier to peel. (Also, when peeling the eggs, notice that there is a thin skin between the white and the shell; once found and ruptured, that skin provides good leverage to peel off the shell.)."<br/><br/>Yum!

Jessie MacMillan February 06, 2014

Great and easy way to prepare hard boiled eggs. The worst part for me was having to wait for the water to boil. Thanks Cap' N Ron.

BABYBOP June 10, 2011

What a great way to do eggs, we did 2 dozen eggs for Easter with this method. Then split them between deviled eggs and dyed and they turned out perfect with no green and nicely centered yolks. What an awesome way to boil eggs. Thanks for posting.

Bonnie G #2 April 27, 2011