We’ll bend the rules of Eats Like A Duck for today’s entry, which was written by fabulous guest writer Dan Rudy!
Lisa: You have thirteen pickled eggs in that jar. And one cockroach.
Moe: Who are you, sweetheart, the health inspector?
Health Inspector: No, but I am.
– Lisa’s Sax (The Simpsons Season 9 – Episode 3)
Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag is all well and fun, but once the last of the fire extinguishers with their painful memories of Moe Madness are gone, nothing says “dank pit” like an egg pulled from a big jar of brine. [ELAD Note: No, Moe Madness isn’t over. I’m having trouble finding bottom feeding suction eel, ok?] From the last episode of the very first season Moe has kept them at the ready, to pick designated drivers with, kill off health inspectors, or take on vacation.
- Hard-boiled Eggs
- Pickle Brine
- A Dash of Salt
- A Jar
Boil and peel your eggs in advance, setting them aside. Boil the jar and lid ahead of time too, to sterilize them before putting in the eggs. In a saucepan bring the brine, salt and vinegar to a boil, then pour over the eggs and cover. Put the jar in the fridge for a few days to a week to pickle before eating.
Moe: Listen up, guys, the Springfield Police have told me that 91% of all traffic accidents are caused by you six guys.
Moe: Yeah, I know, I know, but the bad news is we gotta start having designated drivers. We’ll choose the same way they pick the Pope. Everybody reach in and draw a pickled egg. Whoever gets the black egg stays sober tonight.
– The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons Season 9 – Episode 1)
For your pope-picking needs, a different brine makes black eggs. The difference is the brine, which is two parts balsamic vinegar, and one part beet juice. (“We got beets!”)
The nice thing is you can make these zestier, so any chili peppers, garlic, and onions you add only make it better. In the jar, arrange the eggs with sliced beets and red onion. As with the regular eggs, bring the dark brine to a boil and pour it over the eggs. Any spilled brine needs to be wiped up quickly – it’s borderline indelible. Let them pickle for four to seven days in the fridge before eating.
Pickled eggs are an acquired texture, with the white rubberizing a bit as it pickles. The regular eggs could have used a bit more spice, but I surprisingly liked the black eggs. But if the color is off-putting, cut them in half and you’ll see they’re actually just a deep purply red. As a bonus, any onions and beets left behind are good on sandwiches!
Regular Pickeled Eggs: 3 Dead Health Inspectors out of 10
Pope Picking Eggs: 6 Abstained-from Duff Partymobiles out of 10
Moe’s Pickled Eggs Recipe From: Too many episodes to list here