I hope everyone’s having a great weekend and, to all celebrating, a Happy Mother’s Day! Today I get to share a recipe courtesy of my husband, who pulled together these wonderfully decadent Eggs Benedict dishes. Though it was a team effort, he took charge of the most challenging part, the poached eggs! I whipped up my shortcut version of hollandaise with an immersion blender — I’m telling you, it’s foolproof and so fast. We toasted some dark whole-grain bread that was the perfect base for these layers of oozing sauce and egg and a sprinkling of fresh chervil. It’s our simplified version of the classic. Enjoy!
Eggs Benedict with Quick Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise sauce method & recipe adapted from J Kenji Lopez-Alt’s “Foolproof 2-Minute Hollandaise” recipe on Serious Eats. We used this tutorial for poached eggs by Elise Bauer on Simply Recipes.
- 2 eggs at room temperature (freshest possible)
- enough water to reach 1 and 1/2 to 2-inch depth in pot
- pinch of sea salt
- splash of rice vinegar (or other vinegar)
- 1 stick (112 g.) unsalted butter
- 1 egg yolk (freshest possible)
- 1 tsp. water (room temp)
- 3 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (less than 1 whole lemon)
- pinch of salt
- more salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 pieces dark whole-grain bread, toasted & buttered
- 4 slices ham
- large bunch of fresh chervil, finely chopped (or substitute: finely chopped chives, tarragon, or parsley)
- Prep the main ingredients: Set the bread slices in the toaster (but don’t toast yet), wash and juice a lemon and measure out 2 teaspoons of juice into a small container, prepare the slices of ham on a plate, and wash and chop the chervil (or other herb). Crack an egg into a bowl or ramekin, careful not to break the yolk, and set it near the stove. Get a medium-sized pot of water, with the water reaching 1 and 1/2 to 2-inches deep, and with a sprinkling of sea salt, heated over low to medium heat.
- Meanwhile, make the hollandaise: Melt the butter in a small pot, swirling and letting it foam but not burn. When completely melted and foam subsides, turn heat off and use a spoon to scoop up any solids that accumulated on the surface or sides and discard. Transfer the hot butter to a liquid measuring cup for easy pouring.
- In a tall sturdy cup that just fits your immersion blender (I used the one that came with my immersion blender), combine the egg yolk, water, 2 tsp. of the lemon, and a pinch of salt. Blend with the immersion blender (using the whipping/pureeing attachment) for a few seconds, then add a tiny bit of the hot butter and continue to blend until emulsified. In the tiniest stream possible, drizzle the hot butter in, while continuing to blend and emulsify. Note: Make sure to keep the blender just below the surface of the liquid so it does not spray hot butter out, and keep the cup tilted away from you (and anyone else) just in case it splatters. Taste the sauce and add more salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and more lemon to taste (I like mine lemony and use the whole 3 tsps.).
- When the pot of water is just starting to get bubbles on the bottom (but not boiling yet), add a teaspoon or two of vinegar and maintain the heat at this temperature. Gently tip the egg from the bowl into the water and let cook, undisturbed, at this temperature (not quite boiling) for 4 to 5 minutes, or until whites are completely set (yolk will still be oozy). Gently scoop out with a skimmer or large spoon. Repeat with the second egg.
- Toast the bread, butter it, and top with ham slices, then the egg, the sauce and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Grind some fresh black pepper over the top if desired.
May 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm
Mmmmmm….looks delicious. A perfect treat for Mother’s Day!
May 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm
Thanks! It was a nice treat for Mother’s Day; so fun to make together & enjoy!
May 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm
You had me at “quick hollandaise”! Looks delicious. 🙂
May 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Yes, the quick hollandaise makes it easy! I heard that even the fanciest of chefs like Eric Ripert make a quick hollandaise when they’re at home, so why would I bother with the long form? Thanks, Nancy, it was a delicious and filling breakfast, I barely ate the rest of the day!
May 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm
That is one delicious lip snacking dish!
May 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Thanks! My husband makes the best eggs; he’s even gotten me to like the yolks runny 🙂
May 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm
Killer picture there with the yolk cut into and against that lovely blue plate! Yum!
May 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm
Thanks! I had a couple seconds to catch that yolk dripping (I mostly missed it) before I couldn’t resist digging in anyway. It was yummy 🙂
May 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm
Can I come to breakfast, my favorite food of all time. Your photo’s make me want to dive right in,
May 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Absolutely, Suzanne. Would love to have you over! Thanks 🙂
May 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm
It is also one of my favorite dishes of all time. Looks absolutely delicious.
May 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Thank you, Darya! It’s so decadent, I’ve had it only a couple times in my life but think I’m going to be craving this again soon 🙂
May 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm
This looks amazing! Eggs Benedict is probably my favourite breakfast or brunch recipe!
May 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm
I can see why it would be a popular favorite! I usually go for sweeter breakfasts, but this was sooooo yummy, maybe it’s my new favorite!
May 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm
VERY yummy ! – this vego would simply leave out the ham but insist on giving it the same name. 😉
May 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm
Sounds good! You could even throw in some asparagus spears for an extra veggie decadence 🙂
May 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm
There is NO SUCH THING ! Tsk !! [grin]
May 11, 2014 at 11:51 pm
Happy Mother’s Day to you! Looks relish! Your husband did a great job 🙂 I told my husband that his Mother’s Day guest post needs to be titled “Mr BrookCook” now! 🙂 Love it!
May 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm
Thanks, I’ll tell my husband! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day too!
May 12, 2014 at 12:08 am
delish- of course!! not relish… annoying auto correct!!
May 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm
May 12, 2014 at 3:11 am
They look perfect! Yum! Well done Mr!
May 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm
Thanks, Amanda! I’ll tell him 🙂
May 12, 2014 at 3:45 am
I am addicted to eggs benedict. I will order it anywhere and everywhere. Please tell Mr. Seasoned Traveler that his look absolutely perfect! 🙂
May 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm
Haha – I will 🙂 Thanks!
May 12, 2014 at 5:37 am
This looks amazing. I’ll definitely try it out…thanks.
May 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm
Great, hope you love it!
May 12, 2014 at 5:42 am
Beautiful! I’m sure they were amazing… tell your husband that he’s really talented!
May 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Thanks, I will ❤
May 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm
Great treat for mother’s day! I never made egg benedict, because hollandaise sauce sounds bit intimidating… but if you tell me it is easy enough with your recipe, I shall give it a go. 🙂 Thank for the recipe.
May 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm
It’s definitely easy! I’ve done this quick hollandaise twice now and it comes together so easily with the immersion blender. Hope you try it, Weebirdie 🙂
May 13, 2014 at 3:54 am
Can’t go wrong with eggs!! These look delicious!
May 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm
Thanks, my husband makes the best eggs; these were out-of-this-world yummy 🙂
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May 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm
I hope that you saw my shout out to you and Mr. Seasoned Traveler on my Mother’s Day post! 🙂
May 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm
I did – thanks so much for the shout out! I caught a glimpse of your beautiful post but need to check it out further 🙂 Cheers to the Mr’s!