Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Amazing Eggs Benedict

Eggs benedict is notorious for being a time-consuming and somewhat difficult breakfast dish to prepare on a busy morning.  It is, however, definitely a dish that makes everyone happy to eat breakfast so it is worth a little extra effort.

The process of making eggs benedict can be divided into three parts: poaching the egg, making the hollandaise sauce, and preparing the English muffin with ham.

Amazing Eggs Benedict 
 (serves 4)

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 English muffins
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar
- For hollandaise sauce
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • lemon juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • optional: cayenne pepper
Poached eggs

1) Heat water in a large pot. When the water begins to boil, add vinegar.

2) Stir the water quickly in one direction with a spoon or spatula to create a circular movement.

3) Gently crack the eggs into a container then gently slide them into the water. When the water begins to boil again, adjust the heat to low and cook for 3 to 4 minutes depending on your preference. Occasionally stir the water to avoid eggs sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4) When the eggs are ready, move them to a bowl full of cold water, and then lay them onto a tray lined with kitchen paper towels. Pat them down to remove the excess water.

Hollandaise sauce

1) Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. 

2) Using a blender, combine egg yolks, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

3) When the loquids are combined, adjust the blender's power to low, and gently pour the melted butter into the blender. If you like a little heat in the sauce, add cayenne pepper here as well.

*If you are using eggs that cannot be consume raw, you need to combine the mixture over boiling water in a pot to cook them through.

English muffin and ham

1) Split the English muffins in half and prepare your favorite ham slice and cook as you want.

2) Positon the muffin halves and sliced ham on an oven sheet and toast for 2 to 3 minutes under the broiler. You could also do this process on a heated skillet.



1) Finally it's time for assembling! On a plate, place a half of an English muffin and slice of ham, poached eggs and generous amount of hollandaise sauce on top. Lightly season with cayenne pepper or red pepper, if you like.
2) Dive in with a knife and fork!