We are Discovery Channel junkies. More specifically, we are Deadliest Catch junkies. And when I say we are, I clearly mean I am. Me. The hates-to-get-her-hands-dirty, favorite-color-is-pink, chronic-over-hyphenator girly-girl. I don’t watch reality TV but this is really the Coolest. Show. Ever.
Pure entertainment. It might not be any that different now than it was four years ago but I still oooh as full crab pots come over the side of my favorite boat. Or add my own soundtrack with a Debbie Downer Wah-waaaah when they come up empty. Oh, oh, oh! Or laugh when someone else eats it on the slippery deck. (Would you believe that I really am mature for my age? Really!) I should probably be embarrassed… and ashamed. Probably more than just “probably.”
Because I was so excited about the start of the upcoming season, I decided that I was going to surprise my husband with a lazy weekend brunch, starring King Crab Benedict. What I really wanted to do was make homemade English muffins and this seemed like a good way to improve on our favorite breakfast. Well, you know, that and the King Crab.
King Crab Eggs Benedict
Juicy king crab makes a tasty addition to ordinary Eggs Benedict.
- 2 English muffins
- 2 Alaskan King Crab legs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
- 1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- Steam the crab legs: Preheat oven to 375. Place the king crab legs in a loose-fitting foil pouch. Before sealing tightly, add a small amount of water. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Using a fork or a crab-leg-meat-getter-outer, remove the meat from the crab legs and place in a small bowl. Gently break up any overly-large pieces with your hands.
- Toast the English muffins: Use a fork to work your way around, splitting the muffins in half horizontally. (A fork leaves a much nicer, textured landscape than a knife. If that means nothing to you, by all means, go at it with a knife.) Place under the broiler for 1 minute, or until toasty.
- Make the Hollandaise sauce: In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk egg yolks with water, whisking vigorously, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Whisk in 1-2 pieces of butter at a time until melted. Season with salt. Serve sauce immediately, or keep warm over the doubler boiler, whisking occasionally and adding 1-2 tsp hot water if the sauce thickens too much.
- Poach the eggs: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a simmer. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Using a large spoon, swirl the water in the pot and then gently tip the eggs into the center of the whirlpool. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs after about 3 1/2 minutes.
- Assemble: Build from the bottom up: English muffin, King Crab, poached egg, Hollandaise sauce.
Yields: 4 servings
Estimated time: 30 minutes