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Eggs Benedict make any meal an elegant special occasion. This egg dish is specially great for weekend breakfast or brunch, or a unique evening meal.
I often cheat on making the Hollandaise Sauce and use the Knorr Hollandaise Sauce mix (no ones seems to notice).
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Eggs Benedict Recipe
Brunch & Breakfast
Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
2 English muffins, halved horizontally for poaching
4 slices baked ham or Canadian bacon
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
coarse salt or
Fleur de Sel Salt*
Hollandaise Sauce (see recipe below)
Parsley or chives, for garnish
Fleur de Sel Salt is fabulous on eggs.
NOTE: Check out my web page on
How To Poach Eggs with lots of hints and tips.
Toast English muffin slices under the broiler or in the oven for approximately 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from broiler, spread with 1 teaspoon
butter. In a large frying pan, cook ham or Canadian bacon slices until lightly browned and place them on each English muffin half.
Use a pan that is at least 3-inches deep so there is enough water to cover the eggs and they do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
NOTE: To prevent sticking, grease the pan with a little oil before filling with water. Add
vinegar and salt to the poaching liquid; bring the poaching liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer before adding the eggs (bubbles should not break the
surface). HINT: When you poach eggs, adding a little vinegar and salt to the water will helps the egg to hold its shape.
Without it,the eggs will become skeins of protein tangling up in the water.
Break each egg onto a saucer or into small cups or bowls. Slip eggs
carefully into simmering water by lowering the lip of each egg-cup 1/2-inch below the
surface of the water. Let the eggs flow out. Immediately cover with a lid and turn off the
heat. Set a timer for exactly three minutes for medium-firm yolks. Adjust the time up or
down for runnier or firmer yolks. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, depending on firmness desired.
Remove from water with slotted spoon. Lift each perfectly poached egg
from the water with a slotted spoon, but hold it over the skillet briefly to let any water
clinging to the egg drain off. Drain well before serving. Top each English muffin
half with one poached egg. Spoon warm Hollandaise Sauce over eggs and garnished with
a small parsley sprig or chopped chives.
Makes 4 serving.
Smoked Salmon - Substitute thinly sliced smoked salmon for the ham.
Artichoke - Substitute cooked artichoke heart for English muffin.
Poaching eggs for a crowd:
To poach eggs for a crowd, cook eggs ahead of time, slightly undercooking them. Slide theminto a large bowl of cold water.
When ready to be served, immerse in barely simmeringwater for 1 to 2 minutes.
Holding poached eggs for a short period of time:
If you are making eggs only a short while ahead, slide all
of them, as they are cooked, into a large bowl of hot (not boiling) water.
about them sticking together. Top with more hot water from time to time to keep them warm.
The eggs will be soft, warm, and ready to eat when you are ready to serve them.
If I am in a hurry and don't have time to make homemade Hollandaise Sauce, I use Knorr Hollandaise Sauce
mix found in most local grocery markets. Make it ahead of time and put
in a small thermos to keep warm.
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed
1/4 pound (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup white
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
* If you use salted butter,
delete the salt from the recipe.
Stir egg yolks and lemon juice vigorously in medium saucepan over very low heat.
Add butter and white wine and stir constantly with whisk, until melted. Add
white vinegar, salt, and pepper and continue vigorous stirring until all butter is melted and sauce
is thickened (be sure butter melts slowly so eggs have time to cook and thicken sauce
without curdling). NOTE: If the sauce begins
to separate, add 2 teaspoons of water to the sauce mixture and whisk
briskly until the mixture has combined together to form a creamy sauce.
Keep warm until ready to serve.
HINT: I put my Hollandaise Sauce in a small thermos to keep warm.
Quick and Easy Hollandaise Sauce:
Use 1 package Knorr Hollandaise Sauce mix and follow package directions.