Why did I think I disliked egg salad sandwiches?
We have been eating them weekly ever since I found out how much I like them freshly made from nice fresh egg salad heaped on nice freshly toasted bread with nice crisp lettuce. Nice! Fresh!
Further, they hardly take any time to put together, say on a night when I get home late after teaching an evening class. They are pretty, with their pale colors and frilly lettuce. They are both light and satisfying, which is pleasant at lunchtime or late at night. As long as you like eggs at all, what's not to like?
And then I had some at someone else's house not too long ago and was reminded of all I had disliked in the past. What is the difference between the stuff I hated and the stuff I love? Was it a failure of seasoning? Insufficient salt? Am I, in fact, a complete fascist for freshness, such that egg salad assembled more than ten minutes before the sandwich is made is as ashes in my mouth? I don't know. Maybe you have some idea.
Here's what I like in my egg salad:
Chopped hard-boiled eggs, one per sandwich
Mayonnaise, just enough to moisten
A bit of minced kosher pickle, or a splash of pickle juice
Dry mustard, maybe 1/8 of a teaspoon per egg
Salt, until it tastes good, not like bland paste
A little paprika
If I'm feeling fancy, or out of celery, a big pinch of fennel pollen
Dill is also OK
As is ground pepper.
Toasted, store-bought, sliced bread. Roman Meal is excellent for the purpose.
Lettuce. Butter lettuce is pleasant, but pretty much any kind will do.
On the diagonal, as you see.
Potato chips, a pickle, or both.
Where do you stand on these important questions?