Eggs Benedict

by Shawnda on February 23, 2009

in Breakfast,Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

My husband and I didn’t always agree on food stuffs. He would have described my food choices as fancy (like fruit in salad), weird (like fruit in salad), or unappetizing (like fruit or salad). I would have described his as boring and plain.

There was clearly some hidden potential there because my husband’s idea of the perfect breakfast is homemade Eggs Benedict. And mine is a Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit :)

I first had Eggs Benedict at the New Orleans institution, Brennan’s. It was the day after my 21st or 22nd birthday… celebrating in New Orleans being a teeny factor in why I don’t remember exactly. (Hand Grenade, anyone?) Aaaah, the memories… and the lack of. Back to Eggs Benedict.

Eggs Benedict

Super simple. This is how pure heaven stacks up, from the bottom: a toasted English muffin half, a grilled slice of Canadian Bacon, and a poached egg, all topped with Hollandaise Sauce.

Hollandaise Sauce

No Eggs Benedict is complete without a generous spoonful of rich, velvety hollandaise sauce.

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water, whisk egg yolks with water, whisking vigorously, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice.
  3. Slowly whisk in melted butter until thickened. Season with salt.
  4. Serve sauce immediately*, or keep warm over very gently simmering water, whisking occasionally.
  5. * Contrary to what I'd previously learned/heard, you can make Hollandaise ahead of time. The Hollandaise from Sunday night's breakfast-for-dinner Eggs Benedict reheated perfectly for Monday morning's breakfast-for-breakfast Eggs Benedict. I stored the sauce in a double-wrapped bowl - plastic wrap pressed to the surface and plastic wrapped covering the top of the bowl. In the morning, I placed the bowl over a double boiler and stirred until warmed and smooth.

Notes

Yields: ~1 cup

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl February 23, 2009 at 11:44 am

Can’t go wrong with simple, satisfying breakfasts!!

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2 dawn February 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

wonderful! my all-time fav breakfast is Irish Eggs Benedict. I could (but I don’t) eat that every Sunday morning. So good.

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3 Amanda February 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Now that looks like an amazing breakfast!!

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4 Joy February 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm

This is one of my favorite breakfast meals.:) Yours look amazing.

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5 brilynn February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Eggs benny are one of my favourites! Looks great!

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6 Jennifer February 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

I adore eggs Benedict!!!

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7 Joelen February 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

Looks delicious and a great way to start the day!

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8 Olga February 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

YUM!
Last Saturday I had a kid’s meal at Popeye for breakfast :)

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9 Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer February 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

There is nothing better than this for breekie!! Yum

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10 Stephanie February 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Eggs Benedict is my absolute favorite!! Though I’ve never made it at home-it’s always my vacation treat. This looks wonderful!

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11 Amy February 25, 2009 at 11:27 am

Brennan’s is an institution! Breakfast will never be the same for me since I’ve frequented there. Their bloody marys are the best I’ve ever tasted and I’ve had a lot…but I digress. Your benedict looks perfect. Hollandaise is one of my secret weapons. Everyone is ALWAYS so impressed. I never tell them how really easy it is. I like to add a dash of tobasco to mine.

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12 Jessica February 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Brennan’s is wonderful of course . . . but I will admit to a strong love of a chicken biscuit from Chick-Fil-A.

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