Learn how to make eggs Benedict so you can enjoy this breakfast favorite straight from the restaurant menu and into the comfort of your home!
Eggs Benedict is one of those classic, American brunch foods. As with most foods, there is some controversy on where it originated, but most people agree that is was popularized in New York in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
Despite the controversy on who made it first, I think most of us can agree that it’s delicious breakfast dish. I mean, eggs, meat, bread, and hollandaise sauce! How can you go wrong with that combination?
Get creative with eggs Benedict
Making this recipe is fairly simple, but there is some preparation involved, so just make sure to give yourself a little extra time. (Read: don’t make this when you’re starving and want to eat ASAP.)
One of my favorite things about eggs Benedict is that you can get as creative as you like with the toppings. For this particular recipe, I use bacon and crab as my meats, instead of the typical Canadian bacon. You can use one or the other or all of the above, though. Get creative!
Another thing flavor I love on my eggs Benedict is some smoked paprika, which I feel like complements the hollandaise sauce super well. We like it spicy in our house, so we also use hot sauce (usually chipotle). Again, this is our personal preference, but you can adjust it to your taste.
Reheating hollandaise sauce
If you’re like me at all, and love hollandaise sauce, you will probably make extra. Just remember to turn your microwave on 50% power and heat at 10 second intervals when you reheat hollandaise sauce. If you heat it too high or long, you can risk cooking the eggs through. Then enjoy some scrumptious eggs Benedict all over again!
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 4 large egg yolks (Separate the egg yolk and egg whites in two separate bowls. Discard the egg whites.)
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (you can add more if you want to spice it up!)
- ½ cup melted salted butter
- Seasoning Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper (to taste)
- 8 large fresh eggs
- 1 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 rolls (traditionally, this recipe uses english muffins but I found the dinner rolls hold the sauce much better)
- 8 Slices of bacon
- Smoked paprika (as a garnish)
- Chipotle hot sauce (or your choice of hot sauce)
- ¾ cup crab meat (lump crab meat or imitation)
To prepare the Hollandaise Sauce:
1. Take a deep saucepan and pour in about an inch or so of water. Set a glass bowl or stainless steel bowl over the saucepan so it fits nice and snug inside without touching the water. Bring that to a simmer.
2. Once your water is simmering in the double boiler add in your egg yolks, cream, lemon juice and cayenne pepper to the bowl over the heated saucepan and whisk well. Whisking constantly, continue to cook the sauce on a low simmer until just thick enough to coat the back of a wooden or metal spoon. You do not want to overcook because the eggs will get hard and flakey.
3. Reduce your heat down to very low and then slowly drizzle in the warm melted butter while whisking. Once all butter is whisked
in, remove from heat and season with Seasoning Salt and Pepper to your preferred taste. Transfer to a dish, cover and keep warm.
To Prepare the Eggs Benedict:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. This is going to be for the bacon slices.
2. In a large stock pot or skillet bring several inches of water along with the white vinegar to a rolling boil. Once water is boiling nicely, crack eggs gently into water one at a time. You should be able to fit about four eggs at a time. Remember, do not overcrowd so they can easily be removed.
3. Watch carefully as the eggs only need to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. The eggs whites should be set while the egg yolk is still very runny. Do not stir as this could break the yolk.
4. Transfer to a plate with a paper towel on top to drain. Continue with the remaining four eggs.
5. Your oven should be preheated at this point. While your water is boiling for the poached eggs you can start cooking your bacon.
6. Lightly grease a baking dish and lay bacon slices on it ensuring none are overlapping. Place the dish in the oven for about 15
minutes. Check frequently for desired crispiness.
7. Once it is finished, remove from the oven and lay pieces of bacon on layers of paper towels. Gently dab each side to remove all the excess bacon grease. Set aside
8. Place rolls in the oven on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes. You just want to heat up the roll but not crisp it into toast. This will give you a nice bite when enjoying the sandwich.
9. Crab only needs to be slightly heated so you can either add it to the microwave on 70% for 20 seconds or on the stove top for a
10. Place roll on your plate and open. Cut bacon in half so a piece is on each side of the roll. Top each roll with a poached egg and season with seasoning salt and pepper. Add chipotle hot sauce over eggs. Spoon on some of the shredded crab meat. Next pour the Hollandaise Sauce over the crab, close the sandwich, and pour more over the top. Sprinkle smoked paprika on the top of your sandwich. And enjoy!
1. If you need to reheat your hollandaise sauce place the bowl in the microwave on 50% heat only heating on 10 second intervals. You only want to heat through not cook.
2. Do not add salt into your boiling water for the poached eggs. This will make the eggs spread more.
3. Add a small microwave safe bowl of water into the microwave when cooking crab meat to lightly steam. This will help the crab not become dry.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 373Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 372mgSodium: 581mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g
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