Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict

Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict

There are two and possible more accounts as too how Eggs Benedict came to be a sought after breakfast and Sunday brunch item.

The first account is from 1894 when Lemuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker, went into the Waldorf Hotel to get something to eat in the restaurant. It was said he had a hangover at the time.

He ordered some toast, crisp bacon, two pouched eggs, and a side of hollandaise sauce.

cookbook of the waldorf

Photo Credit: Chest of Books

A column in The New Yorker – Talk of the Town – had interviewed Mr. Benedict just before he died, in 1942.

During the interview he had made the claim that he had put the dish on the breakfast and luncheon menu of the Waldorf Hotel.

Mr. Benedict even claimed the Eggs Benedict recipe was published in the cookbook – Cookbook of the Waldorf  (author  Oscar Tschirky – printed 1896) because of him.

The second account is from 1967 when a claim was made by Edward P. Montgomery on behalf of commodore E.C. Benedict, as he wrote a letter to the New York Times, that included the recipe.

In the letter he claims to have received the recipe from his uncle, a friend of the commodore.

Variations of Eggs Benedict

There have been several different ways to make Eggs Benedict since its appearance to the culinary world. Most of us know it is an American breakfast dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce (see our recipe here of Eggs Benedict with Hollendaise Sauce).

There are ten variations to date, and they include:

  • Eggs Blackstone – made with  streaky bacon and slices of tomatoes are added
  • Eggs Blanchard – Béchamel suace is used in place of the Hollandaise
  • Eggs Florentine – made with spinach in place of the ham or the spinach is added just underneath the ham
  • Eggs Mornay – made with a Mornay cheese sauce in place of the Hollandaise
  • Eggs Atlantic (also called Eggs Hemingway, or Eggs Copenhagen) – made with  smoked salmon. This variation is called “Eggs Benjamin” in a few restaurants in Canada
  • Huevos Benedictos – a Spanish style that is made with either sliced avocado or Mexican chorizo, and is topped with both a salsa roja (red sauce) and hollandaise sauce
  • Eggs Hussarde – made with Holland rusks in place of the English muffin and adds Bordelaise sauce
  • Irish Benedict – is made with corned beef or Irish bacon
  • Eggs Chesapeake – is made with crab cake, and tops the hollandaise sauce with a sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning
  • Eggs Hebridean – is made with Black Pudding. This variation is common in Scotland, and uses black pudding from Stornoway

Here is our version of Eggs Benedict, though several may have made it in their kitchen before we did. We call it Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict.

In large pot of boiling salted water, blanch asparagus until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl of ice water; drain and pat dry.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed

4 slices Canadian ham

4 slices 100% whole grain English muffin, toasted

Hollandaise Sauce:

4 egg yolks

1 stick of butter, no salt, melted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

sea salt and pepper to taste

Poached Eggs:

4 eggs

1 tbsp white vinegar) 

Making the Sauce:

In a 6 quart pot add water 1/4 way up. Bring water to a soft boil.

Add yolks and lemon juice to either a large glass or metal mixing bowl.

Place the bowl over the pot of soft boiling water and start to whisk the yolks over the simmering water until yolks become thick, about 2 to 3 minutes, removing from heat and putting back on. Do not stop whisking.

Remove from heat and add butter and whisk in. Next add sea salt and pepper to taste, whisk some more. If the sauce is to thick just add a few drops of water until you get a sauce again.

Bacon Eggs and Asparagus Benedict Poaching the Eggs:

Using the same pot of water add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Next crack an egg into a small glass bowl and gently drop egg into boiling water for 2 minutes.

Do this with each egg. Remove pouched egg with a slotted spoon and place one egg on each slice of muffin.

Arranging the Plate:

Place 1 or two slices of the toasted English muffin on a plate. Next add 3 or 4 asparagus spires, then add ham, poached egg, and spoon on sauce.

 

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Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

We are really excited to share this breakfast treat with you. It was our first attempt to make Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollandaise sauce.

Keep in mind this is a high protein breakfast, which will give you long term sustained energy. You should not find yourself snacking on junk food before you eat lunch around noon or 1 pm. Your body takes its time to digest protein, using every bit of it to give your muscles energy and making necessary repairs in other parts of the body.

What you will need to make Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce.

prosciutto

Prosciutto (Pork-Ham)

2 slices of 100% whole wheat English Muffin (per person)

2 medium to large eggs (per person)

4 slices of prosciutto (per person)

Warming meat and English Muffen for Eggs Benedict

Open the English muffin into two parts and place two slices of  prosciutto on each half. As you can see the front prepared muffins look nicer, and the back two look messy. I learned on the second attempt that there is a special technique to pulling the meat off the special coated paper between each slice of prosciutto.

Place them in a preheated 200 degree oven for about 5 to 10 minutes , or until the  meat and muffin are warmed. Here we used our counter top conventional Nu wave oven.

For the sauce to top the Eggs Benedict, this is what you will need.

This recipe is sufficient for 2 plates of Eggs Benedict.

4 egg yolks

1 stick of butter, no salt, melted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

sea salt and pepper to taste

You might have your own way to separate the yolk from the white, but this is our way of doing it.

Also the eggs should be at room temperature. Now that you have separated the yolks here is how you turn them into Hollandaise sauce.

preparing Hollandaise Sauce

In a 6 quart pot add water 1/4 way up. Bring water to a soft boil. Add yolks and lemon juice to either a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over the pot of soft boiling water and start to whisk the yolks over the simmering water until yolks become thick, about 2 to 3 minutes, removing from heat and putting back on. Do not stop whisking.

Remove from heat and add butter and whisk in. Next add sea salt and pepper to taste, whisk some more. If the sauce is to thick just add a few drops of water until you get a sauce again.

preparing to pouch eggs

Using the same pot of water add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar. Next crack an egg into a small glass bowl and gently drop egg into boiling water for 2 minutes. Do this with each egg. Remove pouched egg with a slotted spoon and place one egg on each slice of muffin.

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Once the pouched eggs are over the muffins, spoon on some Hollandisie sauce and enjoy!!

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Tips for Working with Eggs in the Kitchen

Tips for Working with Eggs in the Kitchen

 

Making the Perfect Deviled Eggs

To make perfect deviled eggs, ensure the yolk is evenly centered within the shell by always storing the eggs large end up. This keeps the yolks centered.

You can also spin the egg on a flat surface before boiling. Place an egg, lengthwise, on the top of the kitchen counter and gently spin it a couple of times. The spinning action helps center the yolk within the shell.

Don’t you hate it when some of your eggs crack while boiling and the whites ooze out? Well, all eggs have an air pocket at the larger rounded end. The air pocket expands as the egg is boiling and the shell cracks from the built up air pressure. To prevent this, pierce the large rounded end with a pin. As the eggs are cooking the air will escape through the hole.

After boiling the eggs plunge them immediately into cold water while they are still hot to prevent a greenish or grey ring from forming round the yolk. Make sure to keep the water cold while the eggs are cooling.

Testing to see if the Eggs are Still Fresh

Testing to see if the eggs are still Fresh

Place an egg in a bowl of room temperature water. If the egg sinks to the bottom (#1) it is still fresh as well as if it stands up on one end (#2). But if the egg floats to the top of the water (#3) it is no longer fresh.

Easiest Way to Separate the Egg Yolk from the White

Eggs at Room Temperature

  Testing to see if the Eggs are Still Fresh

Room temperature eggs whisk to higher volumes and ensure that the cake rises properly when baking. Eggs also must be at room temperature for the proteins to separate easily enough to support the cake’s crumb.

So what do you do to make your eggs at 41 degrees (temperature of refrigerator) rise to room temperature fast? Place them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes.

Egg Whites and Stiff Peaks

Egg Whites and Stiff Peaks

For extra stiff beaten egg whites, never use a plastic bowl. Plastic is porous and absorbs oil which will prevent the egg whites from stiffening. Always use glass or metal mixing bowls that are freshly washed and dried.

 

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Crepes with Sour Cream and Orange Marmalade

Crepes with Sour Cream & Orange Marmalade

This appealing and appetizing recipe has lots of protein in it with four eggs. Each egg contains about 21 grams of protein if it is a medium egg. The whole milk provides another 8 grams and the marmalade has no protein in it.

Thou it does have 13 grams of carbohydrates, and that is about 5% of your daily need based on a 2000 calorie diet. The right protein, such as eggs have will make us fell full and we will not eat other fatty sugary foods later.

 

Here is what you will need:

crepes ingredients

To fill the crepes and top them…you will need:

crepes filling and topping

Use whole fat sour cream. The low fat or non-fat is too runny. And you don’t want your crepes running away before you can eat them. As the whole fat sour cream is thick you can use a little milk or cream to help thin it out some.

For the marmalade depending on how many people you will be making crepes for, 1 10 oz. jar may not be enough. So use 2 – 10 oz. jars. To warm the jam, empty the jar of jam into a small pot and warm it, making sure not to scorch the pot or burn the jam.

Another option is to heat some water to boiling point in a small sauce pan and place the jar of jam into the hot water. Remove the lid before putting the jar into the water. Turn off burner. While you are preparing the crepes, the jam will be warming to liquid form.

As stated in an image above you can replace butter with coconut oil. Place the two tablespoons for about thirty seconds in a microwave to liquefy the oil. As it is a hard substance. Beat the four eggs and then pour in the coconut oil and mix in well.

mixing coconut oil with eggs for crepe batter

Next in a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt, milk and eggs and whisk well. You should have about 3 cups of crepe batter.

crepe batter three cups

Next lightly grease with some olive oil a medium size frying pan (crepe pan if you happen to have one) on medium-high heat. Pour 6 tbsp. of batter onto pan and grab the pan by the handle and swirl the pan until the batter is spread out thin.

If you get the batter spread out thin enough, it will cook through. No need to turn crepe like you do with pancakes. Allow to cook 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.

allow crepe cook through

Notice how the outer edges of the crepe are cooked and center still needs a few seconds to be cooked all the way through. Once done crepe will slide right out onto a plate.

Spoon out sour cream over center of crepe, about 2 to 3 tablespoons.

preparing crepes with sour cream

 

After spooning on sour cream roll crepes. Place two side by side. Pour some warm orange marmalade over top.

 

creppes with orange marmalade

These type of crepes stuffed with sour cream are known as “Continental Crepes”. If you wish you can enjoy some fried bacon and a cup of coffee with this dish. Two are very filling but your 3 cups of batter should make about 10 crepes which is 5 servings.

Crepes with Sour Cream and Orange Marmalade
4 eggs

1 1/3 cups milk

2 tbsp. butter, melted*

1 cup flour

2 tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter (coconut oil), flour, sugar and salt until smooth. Heat a skillet or crepe pan over medium-high heat. Grease pan with a small amount of olive oil. Apply with a brush or paper towel. Spoon 6 tablespoons of batter onto hot pan. Grab pan by the handle and tilt pan in a circular motion to let batter spread out. The crepe must be thin on pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes on one side only or until golden brown.

*optional: 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

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