This Yankee twists the beloved pickled Dutch eggs

Yankee Chef logoBy Jim Bailey

The Pennsylvania Dutch are renowned for pickled eggs,  and this recipe has been inspired by these cousins of New England. They cook simply, comfortingly and with family traditions brought to the table.

I adore this simple preparation that truly bursts with flavor and with so few ingredients. Many people may prefer using white vinegar in their pickling sauce. By all means substitute it.

But because I am a Yankee through and through, I much prefer the flavor of New England in every bite. Check out for Yellow Mustard Pickled Eggs to serve right along side of these.

Pickled eggs

Pickled eggs

2 (15-ounce)cans sliced beets in juice
1 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon each dried ginger, allspice and cinnamon
10 hard boiled eggs, peeled

Add everything, except the eggs, in a large saucepan over high heat until boiling, stirring often so sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat to cool slightly. Meanwhile, add your eggs in two or more mason jars, or appropriate containers, leaving a couple of inches space on top.

Evenly divide pickling juice to each container, making sure eggs are completely covered. Continue cooling an additional 60 minutes.

Put a lid on each container, remove to refrigerator and cool completely. Let steep for at least one day before enjoying. These will last between three to four weeks chilled.

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About the Author: Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at

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