The kids will love helping you turn those extra hard-boiled Easter eggs into these cute springtime chicks and bunnies, with some simple slicing and a few basic garnishes!Like many families, dying Easter eggs is one of our favorite holiday traditions…but it sure does leave a bunch of leftover hard-boiled eggs to use up! I typically transform ours into deviled eggs or egg salad, but this year I thought it would be fun to turn them into cute, edible springtime creatures instead.
My oldest son’s first grade class is currently incubating a dozen eggs to hatch chicks as a part of their study on life cycles. And my boy is so excited about those expected chicks that he works them into conversation at least a half dozen times a day. He knows the exact day that the chicks are due to hatch and he is pretty much in full countdown mode. I sure hope those chickies are not of the tardy variety because, if so, I’m afraid I’m going to be dealing with a very disappointed 6-year-old come school pick-up time on the anticipated day. Those chicks are gonna have some ‘splainin to do, Lucy. But if that does happen, I may just have to tide my son over with some of these cuties in the meantime.
Seriously, these chicks and bunnies are so simple to make that the kids can help, and it goes without saying that they’re fun to eat. They are also totally adaptable based on the ingredients you have available. I used black sesame seeds for the eyes, thinly-sliced carrot triangles for the beaks, red pepper triangles for the bunny noses, and chives for the chick top feathers and bunny whiskers. Easy peasy! But feel free to get creative and use whatever garnishes you have on hand.
The chives ended up being the only ingredient that I had to buy because, well, I abhor onions and all of their kin-folk. In retrospect, I should have used some parsley stems that were already in my refrigerator (see…I told you these were totally adaptable!) and avoided my hands and kitchen smelling like onions by the time I was done. Blech.
Anyway, if you wanted to jazz these up even more, you could turn them into “deviled chicks and bunnies” by removing the yolks, mashing them up with deviled egg-type ingredients, and spooning the mixture back into the whites. Simply smooth the tops before decorating and voilà! Springtime creatures with a bit more flavor.
Adapted from Family Fun, April 2013.