Eggs Benedict – A Classic Brunch Delight
As a famous food critic and literary powerhouse, I have had the pleasure of indulging in countless culinary delights. However, there is one dish that never fails to bring a smile to my face and warm my heart – Eggs Benedict. This classic brunch specialty holds a special place in my food-loving soul, and today I want to share its story and recipe with you.
A Brief History of Eggs Benedict
The exact origins of Eggs Benedict are somewhat muddled, with several stories and claims to its creation. One popular story suggests that the dish was created at Delmonico’s, a famous restaurant in New York City during the 19th century. According to this tale, a regular patron named Mrs. LeGrand Benedict requested something new for breakfast, and the chef, Charles Ranhofer, came up with the genius combination of poached eggs, ham, and hollandaise sauce. Thus, Eggs Benedict was born.
- 4 large eggs
- 4 slices of Canadian bacon or ham
- 2 English muffins, split
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- For the Hollandaise sauce:
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh chives or parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Fill a large saucepan with about 3 inches of water and bring it to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Add the white vinegar to the simmering water.
2. In the meantime, toast the English muffin halves until lightly browned. Set them aside.
Poaching the Eggs:
3. Crack one egg into a small bowl. Using a spoon, create a gentle whirlpool in the simmering water and carefully slide the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Repeat this step with the remaining eggs, ensuring they don’t touch each other. Poach the eggs for about 3-4 minutes for a soft, runny yolk or 5-6 minutes for a slightly firmer yolk.
4. While the eggs are poaching, cook the Canadian bacon or ham in a separate pan until heated through.
Preparing the Hollandaise Sauce:
5. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and lemon juice until combined.
6. Place the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter while whisking constantly until the mixture thickens to a smooth and creamy consistency.
7. Remove the bowl from the heat and season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
Assembling the Eggs Benedict:
8. Place the toasted English muffin halves on a plate. Top each half with a slice of Canadian bacon or ham.
9. Carefully remove the poached eggs from the simmering water using a slotted spoon and place them on top of the bacon or ham.
10. Spoon a generous amount of hollandaise sauce over each poached egg, allowing it to flow down the sides and cover the muffin.
11. Garnish with fresh chives or parsley, if desired.
12. Serve the Eggs Benedict immediately and enjoy the harmonious combination of flavors and textures.
For variations, feel free to experiment with different types of protein, such as smoked salmon or sautéed spinach. You can also add a touch of heat by incorporating a dash of hot sauce or sprinkle on some cayenne pepper. The possibilities are endless!
Now, armed with the recipe and a glimpse into the fascinating history of Eggs Benedict, it’s time to impress your friends and loved ones with a delicious brunch treat that will transport them to another era. Bon appétit!
|Amount Per Serving
|% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 2g
|Saturated Fat 1g
|Trans Fat 0g
|Total Carbohydrate 3g
|Dietary Fiber 0g
|Vitamin A 10%
|Vitamin C 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4