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Classic Eggs Benedict Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

Classic Eggs Benedict is the ultimate brunch comfort food. Toasty English muffins, topped with crispy ham, delicate eggs, and a luxurious hollandaise sauce is like heaven on a plate. Oddly, it's one dish that I consume on a regular basis, but don't know how to make! I've decided to change that by experimenting with some recipes. Once I have mastered the beginner version, I will move onto the more challenging expert recipe. To learn how to make Eggs Benedict,


Beginner Eggs Benedict
From Kraft Foods

1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. yellow mustard
2 English muffins, split, toasted
12 slices thinly sliced smoked ham, warmed
4 large eggs

  1. Fill a large skillet with 1 inch of water; bring to boil. Reduce heat to keep water gently simmering.
  2. Break eggs, 1 at a time, into a cup. Holding cup close to water's surface, gently slip eggs into water. Cover and cook 5 min. or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Remove eggs from skillet with slotted spoon. Drain in spoon or on paper towels. Trim any rough edges, if desired.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Mix the yogurt, mayo and mustard in small saucepan.
  4. Cook on low heat 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring constantly.
  5. Top each muffin half with 3 ham slices, 1 egg and 1 heaping tablespoon of the sauce.

Serves 4.

Expert Eggs Benedict
From Williams Sonoma

For the hollandaise sauce:
4 egg yolks
2 Tbs. lemon and lime juice
1 Tbs. water
1/8 tsp. salt
2 pinches of freshly ground white pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
To assemble:
4 English muffins, split
3 Tbs. softened unsalted butter
8 slices baked ham, each 1/4 inch thick and cut to fit English muffins or crumpets
8 eggs

  1. Preheat a broiler.
  2. To make the sauce: in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat, whisk the egg yolks, lemon and lime juice and water constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and continue whisking for about 1 minute more, but remove the pan from the heat as soon as the mixture thickens.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a blender, add the salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper and blend until smooth. Let cool for 1 minute.
  4. With the motor running, slowly pour in the melted butter in a thin stream until incorporated. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan and keep warm over very low heat.
  5. Lightly spread the cut sides of each muffin with 1 tsp. of the butter and broil until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off the broiler, cover the muffins with aluminum foil and keep warm in the oven.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 1 tsp. butter. Add the ham and cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Keep warm.
  7. Fill an egg-poaching pan or muffin tin with 1/2 inch water, set the pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  8. Lightly coat the poaching cups with nonstick cooking spray and crack an egg into each cup. Cover and cook until the whites are firm and the yolks are glazed over but still soft, about 3 minutes, or until done to your liking. Transfer the eggs to a warmed plate and repeat with the remaining eggs.
  9. Place 2 muffin halves on each of 4 warmed individual plates. Top each muffin half with a slice of ham, an egg and some of the sauce. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
FashionKid FashionKid 9 years
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
tko, I agree haha. I recently tried a somewhat healthier take on this scrumptious classic using a steamed portobello in place of ham, spinach and shaved smoked gouda over the egg. MMMMMM.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
my boyfriend loves that dish - so maybe i should master the beginner one and then wow him with the upgrade.
bibelot bibelot 9 years
Mmm, eggs hollandaise. My favorite brunch spot serves their eggs Bennie with crispy oven-roasted potatoes...oh, *drool*. I'll have to try my hand at this sometime! I'd love to make my own hollandaise from scratch. Thanks for the recipe, Yum!
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
Never had it...both sounds and looks fattening.
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 9 years
For those who haven't tried it, I think Eggs Benedict taste like heaven!! I think it's a perfect blend of poached eggs, with a flavor I guess I'd describe as almost a very mild cheese sauce, depending on how the hollandaise is made it can have a slight or more potent mustard touch on top of a muffin that stays the perfect consistency to hold all the toppings. I just love this dish and have gotten the courage to make blender hollandaise with good success. I agree the beginner version looks a bit suspect, has anyone made this? I wonder how the flavor compares. When we go on cruises I literally eat this everyday for breakfast! I will definitely be making it this weekend I could go for some right now!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
I've actually never tried Eggs Benedict. What does it taste like?
pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
I just made eggs b. the other day for my boyf and me. It was lovely. I throw some capers on top of it all for a little extra saltiness. I've never tried the "fake" version, but would like to as more than once my sauce has separated on me!
emalove emalove 9 years
Mmmmm, I really love Eggs does my hubby so I will try one of these.
angelicduckie angelicduckie 9 years
I can't wait to try it this weekend. thanks!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
The beginners version doesn't sound so good! :sick:
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
Mmmm, eggs benedict! I think I'm up for the expert version, it will be a great weekend project. Besides, I need to make more use of my blender.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Mustard :sick:
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
i love eggs benedict, but it is one of those dishes that i only order out at brunch. It goes fabulous with a mimosa or hibiscus (champagne with cranberry juice). Maybe i should try to make it one day, but i don't think i like the beginner's version.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
blech I don't like this but my boyfriend LOOOOOVES it. I might try to make it for him one day. He's very particular about his hollandaise hopefully i don't mess it up too bad
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I LOVE eggs benedict! SOOOOOO good!
verily verily 9 years
I love eggs benedict, but the hollandaise sauce is daunting. I usually cheat by buying it premade from the store.
afternoontea1 afternoontea1 9 years
Truth be told, I have never tried this before...
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