Eggs Benedict

My husband absolutely loves this for breakfast.  Using our farm fresh eggs makes it extra special.  I was always hesitant to make it because of the hollandaise sauce.  It seemed so finicky.  Then I discovered an easier way.  Making the hollandaise sauce as directed in this recipe really is fool-proof.  The recipe is easily halved if desired.

Recipe Source:  Adapted from a recipe by Cooks Illustrated

Eggs Benedict

2 T. white vinegar
1 t. salt
8 large eggs
4 English muffins, split (and toasted, if desired)
8 slices Canadian Bacon (warmed either in a fry pan or microwave if desired)

Hollandaise Sauce 
(can be made up to 3 days in advance, refrigerated and reheated carefully in the microwave)
12 T. unsalted butter, softened and cut into 12 pieces
6 large egg yolks
1/2 c. boiling water
2 t. lemon juice
pinch of salt

Fill a large skillet 3/4 full with water.  Add vinegar and 1 t. salt and bring to a boil over high heat.  Break the 8 large eggs into 3 coffee cups (3 eggs in 2 cups and 2 eggs in 1 cup).

To make the sauce:
Set a large heat-resistant bowl over a medium saucepan filled with 1/2 inch of barely simmering water.  Make sure the water does not touch the bowl.  Whisk the butter and egg yolks in the bowl until the butter is melted.  Slowly add the boiling water, whisking constantly.  Continue whisking until thickened and sauce registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 7-10 minutes.  Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in lemon juice and salt.  Set aside.

While the sauce is thickening, and once the water just comes to a boil, carefully pour the eggs into the skillet (from the coffee cups).  Cover the pan, remove from heat, and poach until the whites are set but the yolks are slightly runny, 5-7 minutes.  (I have found that if the water comes to a full boil, 5 minutes is all it takes, however, if I add the eggs when the water just starts boiling, 6 minutes typically works.)  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a paper-towel lined plate.

Lay the English muffins (1 full muffin per person) on each plate.  Top each with 1 slice the warmed Canadian bacon.  Arrange 1 poached egg on top of each muffin.  Spoon 1-2 T. hollandaise over each egg.  Serve, passing remaining sauce at the table.


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