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Oregano egg salad on pumpernickel toast

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Makes 16 toasts

An extravagant egg salad laced with oregano and olives, anything but ordinary, especially on dark pumpernickel toast. Or, serve the egg salad with bagel chips.

For the dressing

 

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 

For the egg salad

3 hard-cooked eggs

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped Greek black olives

2 tablespoons minced carrot

1 tablespoon minced red bell pepper

1 tablespoon minced red onion

 

To complete the recipe

 

16 slices thinly sliced party pumpernickel bread (about 2 ¼ inches square)

Tiny sprigs of fresh oregano for garnish

 

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

To make the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl.

To make the egg salad, mash the eggs with a fork in a medium bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Add the dressing and stir again. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for about 2 minutes on each side or until crusty but not firm all the way through.

When the toasts are cool, top each with about 1 ½ tablespoons of the egg salad and garnish.

Advance preparation

The egg salad will keep for up to 2 days in a covered container in the refrigerator. Assemble with the bread just before serving.