It’s the latest trend on TikTok: grating a hard-boiled egg over a piece of toast topped with green slices of avocado. Apparently it was time for the 2,000th upgrade of the avocado toast. But why? Culy discovers the grated egg trend and takes a critical look at the usefulness of a grated egg.
Grating eggs is nothing new. You heard that right: nothing new . In fact, shredded eggs are retro in the sense that they’ve been used in egg salads like the Russian Mimosa salad, as well as a trick to make the lightest deviled eggs : popular post-war picnic and appetizer snacks ( although there are recipes of deviled eggs already existed in the 1920s ).
You see them regularly in the restaurant world. American Chef Dan Barber, known for the circular restaurant Stone Barn, located just above New York City, grates the eggs atop a potato pizza with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, smoked artichoke and a banga cauda dip .
But shredded eggs on avocado toast? That is only possible in 2022.
There is currently a viral TikTok going around of Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh, better known by her TikTok name @healthyishfoods , where she grates a hard-boiled egg over a piece of toast with sliced avocado. It looks like soft fluffy snowflakes, beautiful long strands of egg yolk and egg white falling on the green avocado. And super manufacturable! You just need a good grater like this one .
No wonder this video has gotten so much attention. The video currently has over 15 million views and the hashtag #gratedegg has been used over a thousand times.
Does it taste good too?
In principle, what you see is what you get here . And that’s a hard-boiled egg. The taste doesn’t change much, it is mainly the texture that gets a top-up. Because as soon as you grate an egg, you create layers of air between the different parts of the egg. The egg yolk and white mix better and with every bite you get a kind of fluffy feeling in your mouth. A delicious texture that melts in your mouth.
How do you grate an egg?
Very simple: boil an (organic) egg for about 10 minutes (Food52 shows that making a hard-boiled egg is not that simple) and grab your favorite grater. Peel the egg and grate the egg gently. Finished!
What do you do with grated egg?
Sprinkle it over a buttery piece of sourdough toast, Caesar salad, noodles, or even a pasta. In fact, you can sprinkle it over anything where a hint of creaminess is in order. A grated egg wouldn’t look out of place with these recipes:
- steak tartare
- White asparagus à la Flamande
- Risotto with carrots