Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Hell, brunch is the only meal needed as far as I'm concerned. Where else can you get such a balanced meal I ask? You have eggs (protein), bacon (more protein), potatoes (carbs), and a Bloody Mary (vegetable). Really what could be a more perfect combination? If you've ever had brunch with me (you all know who you are) you know I have three necessities when choosing a place to have brunch.
- The first is that they must have Eggs Benedict on the menu (never trust a brunch place without it,)
- The second is that the Eggs Benedict must be really good (Stephanies' has the best as far as I'm concerned, mainly because they use brioche instead of English muffins.)
- Finally, I always always order the Eggs Benedict.
Sense a theme? Yep, I love me some Eggs Benedict. If I were dying and had one last meal? Well, I would probably have lobster....but lobster covered Eggs Benedicta of course! The funny thing is that I don't like eggs. Not at all. I would never order an omelet and I pretty much despise eggs. Eggs sitting on a piece of Canadian bacon, covered in Hollandaise? That is a completely different story.
Because of my love of the Benedict I have been on a quest to find the easiest way to make this delicious meal at home. I have scoured the country (not really) searching for the perfect recipe that was not only delectable but also easy. The recipe part was actually not that difficult, it was learning how to poach a damn egg that was the hard part. I went through dozens of eggs before I realized that, hey, there are things that can actually do this for you! Oh, how I love living in 2009. I went to Crate and Barrel and picked up these cheap (3.99) egg poachers that really did the trick.
The whole poaching process took about 4 minutes and I was amazed at how well the eggs turned out. Slather on the Hollandaise and I had the perfect brunch for 2. The best part? I got to eat it in my sweats. You can't do that at Stephanies! The whole breakfast took less than 20 minutes. Yeah, I'm going to be eating a lot of Eggs Benedict!
Recipe for 24 Canadian Bacon slices (I used turkey)2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt2 Tablespoons Distilled White VinegarHollandaise Sauce:2 Egg yolks at room temperature2 Teaspoons heavy cream at room temp1/2 Teaspoon saltDash of cayenne pepper (can be omitted)1/2 Cup (1 stick) plus 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and heated until bubbling but not brown (see note)2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice at room temp1 Teaspoon white wine vinegarSugar2 Brioche halved (or english muffins)4 EggsPepperChopped Chives/ Dill/ Tarragon for garnishing (optional)
Step by step instructions from here.
Just writing this makes me want to make them right now! Yes, I am an Eggs Benedict addict! Do you think they have a support group for me? Nah, who needs it? Not when they are this easy to make!