The caterer Vera Stewart grew up in Macon, Georgia, where her mother’s classic egg salad was a staple. “We ate it between two slices of bread for an everyday lunch, scooped it with crackers for a snack, or made tea sandwiches out of it for an afternoon gathering,” Stewart says, adding that she and her mother both swear by a secret ingredient: Durkee Famous Sauce.
Food & Drink
Mama’s Egg Salad
The secret ingredient? Durkee sauce, a tangy sandwich spread. “You’ll never open my refrigerator without finding a jar of it,” says Augusta, Georgia, caterer Vera Stewart
photo: Courtesy of Very Vera
8 large eggs
¼ cup mayonnaise (plus more for a fluffier texture)
1 heaping tbsp. Durkee Famous Sauce
⅓ cup sweet pickle relish, drained of juice
¼ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, cover the eggs completely with water and cover. Cook over high heat until the water comes to a complete boil and you can hear the eggs “dancing.” Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 20 minutes. At the end of that time, take off the lid and run cold water over the eggs until they are cool to the touch. Peel immediately.
Roughly chop the eggs. (They should still be chunky.)
Mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chopped eggs and gently mix until incorporated evenly.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Serve as a spread, or on a sandwich with toasted white bread, bacon, and tomato.
A Grinch-Inspired Cocktail More Nice Than Naughty
The playful Help Me… I’m Feeling is brimming with nostalgic Christmas spirit
The Return of a Legendary Rye
A fabled whiskey makes a fanfared return
A Gin Swizzle to Make You Kiss the Bartender
Pucker up to the subtly sweet-and-sour Mistle-Toe-Up, from the tropics-themed New Orleans eatery Mister Mao
Best Southern Soup Recipes
A roundup of classic and modern dishes to celebrate the season—from gumbo to bisque and everything in between
Five Unique State Park Stays in the South
From cozy Texas cabins to a yurt in Virginia, these lodging options show how state parks have been upping their games
Food & Drink
Southern Kitchen Essentials According to Nathalie Dupree
In her downsizing move from Charleston to Raleigh, the celebrated Southern chef got down to the basics