Thursday, April 24, 2008

Eggs Benedict

One of my favorite items to order for breakfast is eggs Benedict. Two buttery, crisp, English muffins, layered with slices of ripe tomato or Canadian bacon, a perfectly poached egg and of course a generous drizzling of creamy hollandaise sauce. This dish takes me back to the lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho. It's so relaxing and serene up there, watching the ice skaters practice while dinning on the shaded patio, sipping on a mimosa, eating breakfast potatoes and eggs Benedict, Mmmm, Ahhhh. Moving on...
After seeing a yummy Benedict version in "Entertaining” by William Sonoma, I decided to make this classic breakfast staple at home and was quite pleased. Hollandaise sauce is actually very simple to make. In a double broiler, you mix together egg yolks, milk, unsalted butter, a little lemon juice and a pinch of salt and cayenne. After the sauce is made all you have to do is layer the rest of the ingredients. In William Sonoma's version they slather the English muffin with green onion butter, then top it with sliced ham, a poached egg, hollandaise and finish it off with a sprinkling of green onions and paprika.
For mine pictured above, I used chopped, fresh basil for color and fresh flavor. The hardest part of making eggs Benedict is poaching the egg to get the yolk the perfect consistency and have the egg maintain a pretty, circular shape. It was fun to try this at home and pretend for a moment I was back in Sun Valley watching Jozef Sabovčík in his tight leather pants doing back flips, Ohh Jozef :)

7 comments:

jojo said...

That's the thing about wearing tight leather pants. You can't eat stuff like this and flipflipflip without ripping your inseam.

nancy said...

I'll really miss Sun Valley this year. We'll go next year. The eggs benedict look amazing. Summer - it's a good thing you like cardio. We'll go to Finns when you're here and have eggs benedict. Tara has proclaimed them to be the best anywhere (although she hasn't tasted yours) Kiss Kaia for me again.

shauna said...

Can I go to Finns and eat eggs benedict too? Then we will have Summer make them for us and we'll have a throw down (as is Bobby Flay throw down)

Kaia Bug said...

Mom, of course you can come too! Now that Finn's eggs benedict has been proclaimed to be the best, I'm intrigued; we must make a special trip there for these.

nancy said...

Guess what - I was wrong about the best eggs benedict being at Finns. They are at Trio on 9th east. Don't get me wrong - they are great at Finns, however, Tara has spoken and Trio is the winner. So Shauna, we will go there instead. Their rosemary flat bread is amazing too. Also their pasta. And their paninis.

Kaia Bug said...

Well, we'll just have to get everything on the menu, I'm game. It all sounds good!

shauna said...

Count me in!

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