If you want to add a little flair to your regular breakfast routine of scrambled eggs, toast, or oatmeal, an incredible plate of Eggs Benedict is sure to fit the bill. Flavorful, and richly satisfying, it’s a great go-to option for a breakfast — or an anytime meal — served with flavor and style.
Eggs Benedict History
Eggs Benedict origin might surprise you, and the number of claims to its recipe fame. Here are a few of the more popular stories about its origination.
Lemuel Benedict and the Waldorf Astoria
This story goes that, in 1894, a New York City stockbroker, Lemuel Benedict, staggered into the Waldorf Astoria restaurant with a terrible hangover. He asked for buttered toast, bacon, 2 poached eggs, and a side of Hollandaise Sauce. The chef found the order so inspiring, he later switched the bacon to Canadian bacon, and the toast to an English muffin, and proudly added it to his menu.
The Delmonico Restaurant and Mrs. Benedict
The first restaurant to ever open in the United States was Delmonico’s. In the 1860s, a woman by the name of Mrs. Benedict was a regular patron. One afternoon, she came into the establishment but found nothing on the menu that quite appealed to her cravings. She asked the chef to go into the kitchen and create something inspiring, just for her. And what he came up with is Eggs Benedict history.
If you’d like to make Eggs Benedict at home, here are a couple user-friendly recipe versions that are easy, delicious, and satisfying.
For those without the time or desire, to make Hollandaise Sauce (also called Dutch Sauce) from scratch, note that Knorr makes a simple mix that is delicious and works perfectly with Eggs Benedict.
But if you’d like a quick Hollandaise recipe that won’t give you nightmares in the kitchen, here’s an easy one that is definitely worth trying:
1-Minute Hollandaise Sauce
This recipe is easy, foolproof, and every bit as good as the far more difficult version. It’s simple. We promise. Just take 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of water, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and place the ingredients in a small container. Then, melt a stick of butter in a pan on the stove, until its so hot it’s bubbling — about 220 degrees, if you use a handheld thermometer.
Take a small hand mixer (the kind that froths), slowly pour the bubbling, hot butter into the egg mixture, and blend. The hot butter will literally cook the egg and hold the sauce together perfectly.
Note: Be sure the butter is far beyond just melted. Remember: the bubbling heat from the butter is necessary to cook the yolk for the Hollandaise Sauce.
Simplicity Eggs Benedict
Lightly butter a toasted English muffin, add a slice of Canadian Bacon (or ham, if you prefer), a poached egg, and your favorite Hollandaise Sauce. Sprinkle with sea salt. Simple, elegant, and delicious.
Bacon Eggs Benedict with Dill
For those who prefer — crisp bacon can be substituted for Canadian bacon. After spooning Hollandaise Sauce over the buttered muffin, poached egg, and crispy bacon, try topping with a sprinkling of chopped dill for a subtle, but surprising, flavor option.
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