Red Easter Eggs with Onions
During Easter it is tradition to colour red eggs and eat them after church in Saturday. According to Christian religion is one way to symbolize rebirth. Whatever it may be… Easter eggs are one of my favourite foods during Easter and one that I really enjoy to eat. So much that …sometimes I overdo it with the amount of eggs that I eat.
In Greece but also many Christian countries, they eat the red eggs after they return from church together with the magiritsa, a traditional easter soup, cooked at that day.
This year I tried to see how much difficult it would be to paint the eggs using a natural way rather than the new chemical paints that they use. I have to say that I found it rather easy to make the eggs and without a lot of trouble. It was my first time…and quite successful I would say..
So this one is one easy recipe to paint red Easter eggs using onions. 100% natural…
EASTER RED EGGS
- 12-16 medium eggs
- 15-20 skins from yellow onions (red would also)
- Olive oil
- Some paper
- Start with around 12 medium eggs.
- Carefully remove any material from the surface of the eggs.
- Make the dye with the onion skins: In a stainless saucepan, place skins of 15 (more or less) yellow onions and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, for 30 minutes keeping the saucepan covered
- Strain dye into a glass bowl, and let cool to room temperature. (Don’t be fooled by the orange color.)
- In another stainless saucepan, add the cooled strained dye and eggs at room temperature. The eggs should be in one layer and covered by the dye. Dont put more than 12 every time as it will be really crowded.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat. When boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer.
- Dyeing time will be affected by the color of the eggs. Start checking for color at 15 minutes and do not simmer longer than 20 minutes
- If eggs are not a red enough color after 20 minutes, leave in the pot and remove from heat. When the pot as cooled enough, place in refrigerator and let sit until desired color is reached.
- Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and let them cool on racks.
- When they can be handled, coat lightly with olive oil and polish with paper toweling.
- Refrigerate until time to use. Happy Easter!