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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict always seemed like the MOST FANCY thing on the planet to me when I was a kid. Not that I’d ever eaten it. I’m sure that’s why it seemed so fancy. I don’t even know how I heard about it; well, probably I read about it in a cookbook. Oh, little Hilah – always got her nose in a cookbook. That’s what they used to say.

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At any rate, although Eggs Benedict IS pretty fancy, I no longer think it’s the MOST FANCY, because I know how to make it myself. And I know that Canadian bacon is really just ham, and English muffins are not really muffins, and poached eggs aren’t rocket science (see video below) and Hollandaise sauce is just like mayonnaise. When you break it all down, it’s not so hard. But, as Aristotle said: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

He was probably not talking about Eggs Benedict, but I think it still applies.

Eggs Benedict Video

Eggs Benedict Recipe – Printable

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Eggs Benedict

  • Yield: 2-4 1x
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Ingredients

  • Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 10 tablespoons butter (5 ounces) preferably unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or to taste)
  • Salt to taste (1/4 teaspoon if you used unsalted butter)
  • Dash hot sauce, such as Tabasco (optional)
  • For Serving:
  • 2 English muffins, split
  • 4 hearty slices Canadian bacon
  • 4 poached eggs
  • Optional: sauteed spinach or asparagus

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce:
  2. Find a metal bowl with as round a bottom as possible and then find a pot it will fit inside, leaving enough room underneath for about an ind to an inch and a half of water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a pot or cup with a spout and set aside.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks and 4 1/2 teaspoons of water together in the bowl, place the bowl in the pot of water, and place the pot over medium-low heat.
  5. Whisk the yolks over the heat for about 5 minutes, until the yolks thicken and the whisk begins to leave trails through the yolk.
  6. Slowly begin whisking in the melted butter in a steady stream, whisking constantly.
  7. When half the butter is added, reduce heat to low and add the rest, making sure to leave the white butter solids behind in the bottom of the cup.
  8. Cook, whisking, another 30-60 seconds until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice, salt, and hot sauce to taste.
  10. Cover and leave over the warm water while you poach the eggs and toast the English muffins and Canadian bacon under the broiler.
  11. To assemble: Place one English muffin half on a plate, top with a slice of bacon and a poached egg. Drizzle with Hollandaise sauce and serve with a side of spinach or asparagus if you wish

How to Poach an Egg

Or watch to poach an egg on YouTube!

 Roasted asparagus would be a fine accompaniment, my friends.

16 Comments

  1. Great Stone Face on July 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    When you first posted this, we exchanged ideas for variations. I had a unique one today — Key West Eggs Benedict. The poached eggs were over conch fritters over EnglIsh muffins. The Hollandaise sauce had minced bell pepper and pineapple in it. Here’s a picture: http://stonefacevloggers.blogspot.com/2012/07/more-things-you-can-stick-under-poached.html

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Yummeh! I really love the pineapple idea. I’ve never had conch; I imagine it’s similar to scallops?

    • Larry Johnson on April 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

      What a great recipe. When I started baking, I got some rings and tried making my own English Muffins. The first attempt was pretty sad, the exception being the one muffin that was 6 inches tall….

      • Hilah on April 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

        Haha! I’ve also tried making EMs exactly once. Most of them burned and they were a little flat. Maybe I’ll try again someday. I have the rings and all.

  2. Great Stone Face on July 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Conch tastes sort of like chewy chopped clams.

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Hmm. You know, GSF, I’m not sure you sold me on conch just then. 😉

  3. Randy on April 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Word of wisdom: There is nothing more personal than how you like your eggs. You like it the way you like it, no explanation necessary . Put that in your pipe and smoke it Great Britton !!!

    • Hilah on April 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Hear hear! Thanks, Randy. Well said, sir. 🙂

  4. Cherry on November 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve never tried making EB- but someday I will. It just sounds so good! (never eaten it before:-( I think I’ll have o get the goodies to do so soon. We love just a poached egg on steamed asparagus with the Hollandaise. My mother was tricky- she taught my sister I how to make Hollandaise and proclaimed ours so much better than hers, she never made it again! I guess you learn things when you raise six daughters…

    Love your videos- entertaining and informative. Keep it up, Hilah- you are an addiction I cannot break.

    • Hilah on November 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Cherry!
      That is a great story. I love when people tell me stories about food. And I’m going to remember your mom’s trick when I have kids. 🙂
      I hope you do try the eggs benedict! They are a treat, especially in cold weather.
      Thanks for writing!

  5. Gordon Allen on February 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Hiya
    Great set of videos.
    My only comment was about your claim that Eggs Benedict was American… so why are you using Canadian Bacon and English muffins? Curious

    • Hilah on February 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Hey Gordon!
      Canadian bacon and English muffins are the names used in the US. In Canada, it’s just “bacon” and in England, they’re just muffins. 🙂

  6. Veronika on June 9, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Hi Hilah! Just wanted to say I love watching your videos!
    Can you store any left over Hollandaise sauce? And if so, how?
    Thanks!

    • Hilah on June 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Hi Veronika!
      Thanks so much! You can store it in a jar in the fridge, but it is tricky to reheat. Try reheating in a double boiler over low heat and stir it constantly. It might “break” or separate but you can add some more lemon juice and whisk it in quickly.

  7. Madelyn on June 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

    This recipe is THE BEST. It took me a few times to get the sauce right but only cause I would forget about it and the eggs would cook all lumpy. Also, I used fried turkey lunch meat. Over all wonderful recipe and can be cut down into thirds for the sauce(I did that because I was the only one eating) thanks hilah!

    • Hilah on June 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      That’s great, Madelyn! (I love the spelling of your name, BTW) Thanks for sharing the one-egg possibility. Good to know!

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