Carla Hall And Nancy Silverton's Trick For The Creamiest Egg Salad

Egg salad is a simple, classic comfort food, but nearly every home cook has their own tips and tricks for the perfect version. To truly elevate your homemade egg salad, it's worth looking to some of the biggest names in the professional cooking world. One trick from two famous chefs can help make your egg salad creamier and more delicious than ever before.

The advice comes in an Instagram post from Carla Hall, who credits her friend and fellow celeb chef Nancy Silverton for the technique. The move is as simple as separating the hardboiled egg whites and yolks, then tearing the whites while crumbling the yolks over them. This should be done before adding the mayonnaise and other ingredients.

This trick might seem simple, but it can noticeably affect your final product. Freeing the yolk trapped inside the white allows it to come into more direct contact with the mayo than if you simply chopped up the whole egg. When the crumbled yolk mixes thoroughly with the mayo, the result is an extra creamy sauce for the rustically torn whites, similar to the deliciously smooth filling of deviled eggs.

How to elevate your egg salad

One bite of this incredible recipe, and you might start wondering why you've never tried it before. In fact, Hall and Silverton's method is among the best celebrity egg salad recipes — its traditional, comfort-food flavors and ingredients are elevated by the technique of separating the eggs' yolks and whites. Big names like Alton Brown, Martha Stewart, and Emeril Lagasse also have recipes for egg salad, but none use this crucial twist.

To truly make the most of Hall and Silverton's egg salad, however, you'll also need to avoid some common egg salad mistakes. A few of these are over- or undercooking your eggs, not using enough salt or freshly ground pepper for seasoning, and insufficiently mixing the ingredients. Rather than settling for ordinary, everyday egg salad, use this tip to mix up the creamiest, most mouthwatering batch of your life — and thank Carla Hall and Nancy Silverton while you do.