Hello home cooks and home bakers! I’m sure that plenty of you – including myself – have encountered recipes that require the use of egg yolks. And while we like those recipes, those recipes also leave us plenty of unused egg whites. That’s why without further ado, I’m going to talk about leftover egg white ideas that you can do so you won’t waste any extra egg whites.
What can you make with just egg white, you ask? Well, let’s get to it! Make sure to add these to your list of saved recipes!
Leftover Egg White Ideas 1: Meringue
Want a recipe calling for the use of egg whites? Look no further than for meringue. And when I say meringue (whether the classic meringues as cookies or the meringue cream), you’ll have no shortage of ideas. Here are a few:
- Italian meringue
- Lemon meringue for lemon meringue pie
- Meringue cookies of different flavors
- Meringue topping for cake
Leftover Egg White Ideas 2: Macarons or Macaroons
One of the most popular ideas for leftover egg white is to make French macarons. They are butter-cream-filled cookie sandwiches. Their origins are uncertain, but according to Sweet Darling Patisserie, they are thought to have been brought to France around 1533 by Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs. Macarons gained more popularity in 1792 when two Carmelite nuns (known as the Macaron Sisters) seeking asylum in Nancy during the French Revolution baked and sold macarons to support themselves.
The great thing about macarons is that they’re made mostly with almond flour and sugar. That makes them naturally gluten-free – perfect for those with gluten intolerance.
(Speaking of macarons, if you want to make your own, enroll in our Parisian Macarons class with Chef Joey Prats! You’ll definitely be transported to Paris after making them!)
And yes, in case you’re wondering, macarons are different from macaroons. Macaroons are drop cookies composed of shredded coconut, egg whites, sugar (brown or white is fine, I think), and flavorings like vanilla extract. They look more like mounds rather than traditional cookies. And they also taste really great!
People usually make coconut macaroons, but some make variations, like almond macaroons. Either way, it has been said that you won’t be able to stop at eating just one coconut macaroon. Makes me think if that’s true…
Leftover Egg White Ideas 3: Angel Food Cake
This recipe is perfect for you if you like whipping egg whites. Why is an angel food cake called “angel food cake”? It’s probably because of its very light and fluffy texture. It has been described as a cake so light that angels could consume it and still fly without being weighed down. Ahh, if only all cakes were like it, huh?
But anyway, this sponge cake is made out of egg whites, flour, and sugar. Cream of tartar is also commonly added. And unlike the usual cake recipe, no butter is needed in making this cake. People also commonly serve this cake with berries and other fruits.
Leftover Egg White Ideas 4: Souffle
A souffle is a baked egg-based dish that, like the macarons, originates from France. You can serve it sweet or savory. One prepares a souffle with two components: the base (i.e. chocolate, if you want to make chocolate souffles), which serves as the flavor, and egg whites that are beaten to a soft peak. I’m biased towards making a chocolate souffle myself, but as mentioned, you can make other flavors, like a cheese-flavored one.
Leftover Egg White Ideas 5: Pavlova
A pavlova is a meringue-based dessert. Yes, I mentioned meringue above, but the pavlova warrants a separate mention. For me, out of all the leftover egg white dessert recipes, it is probably the prettiest. It is very popular in both Australia and New Zealand and is eaten during Christmas or the summer.
Pavlova has a crunchy outer shell and a soft, almost marshmallow-like center, which makes for a great contrast in the mouth when eating it. Makers usually decorate pavlova with whipped cream and fresh fruit like kiwi and strawberries.
Leftover Egg White Ideas 6: Brownies
Are you surprised by this option? Well, you shouldn’t be! Brownies are classic baked goods, and that for me means finding out all the different ways to make them! (That’s probably why we have plenty of brownie classes, like Chef Joey Prats’ Fudge Brownie Extravaganza and Chef Jimbo’s Moist and Fudgy Brownies.) For me personally, each piece is like a mini chocolate cake – a treat!
Anyway, going back, what do extra egg whites have to do with brownies? Well basically, instead of using whole eggs for the batter, you’ll use your leftover egg whites. You’ll end up with crunchy, fudgy brownies. Feel free to add your choice of toppings like nuts or chocolate chips.
Leftover Egg White Ideas 7: Egg White Frittata
What’s a frittata, you ask? Well, it’s an egg white recipe that is similar to omelets or scrambled eggs, but with additional ingredients like meat, cheese, and even vegetables. The word “frittatta” is actually Italian and roughly translates to fried.
Now, this idea might seem boring, but I would definitely love to have a frittata for breakfast! Not only is it light and fluffy, but I can also customize it with ingredients of my choosing, like spinach, cheese, onions, and so on. At least I know I’ll enjoy my breakfast, right? And it’s like eating a mini-pizza or mini-pie, so for me, it’s an additional treat!
More ideas of what to do with your egg whites
You now have plenty of ideas of what to do with leftover egg white. But are you not satisfied with the ideas above? Are you still Googling “what to make with leftover egg white”?
Well, don’t worry: I got you! Watch this video for more ideas.
Cocktails, Swiss meringue buttercream, egg white omelet, as a facial, bread… Aren’t egg whites amazing? There are so many things you can do with them! Just make sure to store them properly as I mentioned in the video! That’s so you have time to think about what leftover egg white recipe you want to try.
Speaking of storing them properly, be sure to store your leftover egg whites in an airtight container! And remember that you won’t be able to separate them once you’ve mixed them all together, so try planning ahead anyway with what you want to do with them.
And like I also said, The Bailiwick Academy has plenty of classes where you can do any leftover egg whites recipe of your choice. Check out our courses, then make sure to enroll in The Bailiwick Academy today and apply these leftover egg white ideas!
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