Classic Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
808 Calories
65g Fat
28g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 808
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65g 83%
Saturated Fat 35g 173%
Cholesterol 751mg 250%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 29g
Calcium 145mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The thing about eggs Benedict is that it's comfort food.

As such, it's as much about the textures as it is the flavors. You don't want the English muffin to be too crispy, because you should be able to cut into it with a knife without it cracking or crumbling. Eating eggs Benedict should be like biting into a soft, fluffy, cloud.
The recipe below will walk you through the whole process, but can also read up on details about how to poach an egg and how to make hollandaise. If feeling ambitious, you can even make your own English muffins!

Ingredients

  • For the Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon water (cold)
  • 6 teaspoons lemon juice (divided)
  • 1 cup clarified butter
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Tabasco sauce (to taste)
  • For the Eggs:
  • 8 fresh eggs
  • 4 English muffins (plus butter for buttering)
  • 8 slices Canadian bacon
  • Garnish: paprika and chopped fresh chives
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (for the poaching water)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this egg Benedict dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Hollandaise

  1. Whisk the 4 egg yolks along with a tablespoon of cold water and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass or stainless steel bowl.

  2. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to form a double boiler, and whisk for another couple of minutes.

  3. Remove the bowl from the heat, and slowly drizzle in the melted butter while continuing to whisk. As the sauce thickens, you can drizzle faster.

  4. Finally, whisk in the rest of the lemon juice, plus the salt and Tabasco sauce. Set the sauce aside somewhere warm.

  5. Arrange the 8 slices of Canadian bacon on a sheet pan, and warm them in a 400 F oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Poach the Eggs

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer — not a boil. If the water boils, lower the heat until it's merely simmering. 180 F to 190 F is best. Add a teaspoon of vinegar and some Kosher salt to the water.

  2. Crack each egg into its own bowl or ramekin, and, when the water is ready, gently tip each egg down the side of the pot and into the water.

  3. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes then carefully remove each egg with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a sheet pan lined with paper towels to absorb any excess water.

  4. Use another paper towel to gently pat the tops of the eggs dry as well. Don't forget about the Canadian bacon in the oven.

Assemble the Eggs Benedict

  1. Toast and butter the English muffins. Top each half with a slice of Canadian bacon, then a poached egg, and then some Hollandaise.

  2. Garnish with chopped chives and a fine dusting of paprika. It helps to sprinkle the paprika from high above the plate so that it dusts the tops more evenly.

Tip

  • For the poached eggs, you're going to want to crack each egg individually into a little ramekin or bowl, so you'll need eight ramekins or bowls.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use bacon instead of Canadian bacon. If you do, try to keep the bacon a little softer than you might otherwise prefer it. Overly crispy bacon will detract from the "soft, fluffy cloud" texture you're looking for.
  • You can also substitute corned beef hash for the ham/bacon. Or substitute a slice of smoked salmon.
  • And of course, use cooked spinach instead of the meat, and you have Eggs Florentine.
  • Substitute Mornay sauce for the hollandaise and you have Eggs Mornay.