The Masters’ Egg Salad Sandwich

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 4

Hands On Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


6 large eggs

3 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more to taste  

1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper

8 slices white sandwich bread, cut 1/2 inch thick


Place the eggs in a saucepan and add water to cover them by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. (You will see bubbles around the sides of the pot.) Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes for slightly soft eggs (for egg salad), or 12 minutes for firmer eggs (for deviled eggs and such). Drain the eggs and rinse them under cold running water. Let cool completely.

To peel the eggs, tap each egg gently on the counter or sink to form cracks all over the shell. Roll the egg between your hands to loosen the shell. Peel, starting at the large end, while holding the egg under running cold water; this facilitates peeling and also removes any stray shell fragments.

Halve the eggs and place in a bowl. Using a pastry blender or a fork, mash the eggs until slightly coarse. Add the mayonnaise and paprika to the mashed eggs; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Stir in more mayonnaise, if desired.

Place four slices of the bread on a clean work surface. Divide the egg salad equally between the bread and top with the remaining 4 slices of bread. Using a serrated knife, halve on the diagonal. Serve immediately.

About the recipe

Virginia Willis has fashioned her perfect egg sandwich after those served at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Made simply from creamy diced eggs and mayonnaise, and served on fluffy white bread, this sandwich is far, far greater than the sum of its simple parts.

Very fresh eggs are difficult to peel. For deviled eggs, the trick is to think ahead and buy and refrigerate eggs for about seven days in advance of cooking. This allows the eggs to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shells. With egg salad, it’s less important because you’re going to mash them up, but this is something to remember if you don’t understand why your eggs are sometimes easy to peel and sometimes not.

We like to use Duke’s Mayonnaise in these sandwiches.