Eggs Benedict are one of our all-time favorite breakfasts. I think a lot of people worry about how complicated it is to make at home. Don’t worry, full-time chefs are here, and we’ve made eggs Benedict as easy as possible. Now, we can have four servings ready in fifteen minutes. It’s that simple! Once you do it a few times, you’ll probably be faster! Once you’ve tried homemade eggs Benedict, you’ll be making this every weekend!
What are Eggs Benedict?
A traditional Eggs Benedict consists of a halved English muffin served with Canadian bacon, ham or bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
Who is Benedict in Eggs Benedict?
Eggs Benedict is named after Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street broker. A 1943 New Yorker interview reported that Mr. Benedict entered the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in search of a cure for a hangover. He ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crispy bacon and hollandaise sauce”.
Eggs Benedict are topped with a sauce called hollandaise. Hollandaise, an emulsion of egg yolks, melted butter, and lemon juice, is one of our favorite things.
The traditional way to make hollandaise is to whisk together egg yolks, water, and a little lemon juice until thickened and white. Then place the bowl over the steaming water to temper and cook the eggs. Once they start cooking, the butter is stirred in.
While this is delicious, we use an easier method in this recipe – a hollandaise blender. It’s as easy as adding egg yolks, spices, and lemon juice to a blender. Blend on high speed for a few seconds, then pour some warm, freshly melted butter into the running mixer in a slow and steady stream. The heat of the butter tempers and cooks the eggs, and in less than 2 minutes, you’ve got fresh hollandaise sauce. It doesn’t get easier than this!
You can use Canadian bacon, a slice of ham, or cooked crisp bacon in this recipe, depending on your personal preference. The recipe calls for Canadian bacon as is. Ham can also be fried in the same way. If using bacon, you will need to cook the bacon until crisp, which will double the time it will take to make this recipe.