Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

When it comes to brunch favorites, few dishes can rival the elegance and deliciousness of Classic Eggs Benedict. This iconic breakfast dish, with its perfectly poached eggs, velvety hollandaise sauce, and Canadian bacon, has been satisfying taste buds for over a century. Eggs Benedict’s precise origin remains a topic of debate, but it is widely believed to have originated in New York City in the late 19th century. One popular story credits the dish to a wealthy Wall Street broker named Lemuel Benedict. The tale goes that Benedict walked into the Waldorf Hotel one morning in 1894, requesting a hangover cure. The chef, impressed by the combination of ingredients he suggested, created what we now know as Eggs Benedict. Wherever it originated from, it is truly a classic.

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Even though the dish sounds complicated it isn’t! Classic eggs benedict can be made at home in your own kitchen in less than half an hour. It is a wonderful breakfast or brunch dish that will impress your family or guests. It is one of my family’s go to breakfasts for special occasions and even not so special occasions!

Eggs Benedict is one of those dishes that you crave. A timeless classic, a luxurious and mouthwatering brunch dish that combines perfectly poached eggs, savory Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, and a rich hollandaise sauce.

The ultimate eggs benedict experience begins with carefully poaching fresh eggs until the whites delicately envelop the creamy golden yolks. The process requires patience as the eggs are gently dropped into a simmering (not boiling) pot or pan of water with a little vinegar which helps them to take shape and maintain their desired consistency. If you are not sure of poaching eggs or don’t want to attempt it in this method then i suggest using a silicone mold for your poached eggs. I used these ones (below) when I was first teaching my kids how to make eggs benedict. They make the egg process nearly impossible to mess up. Just spray them with a little oil, pop the eggs in and set them in a pan of gently simmering water, cover with the lid and let them cook to your desired doneness (we like soft), then pop them out onto a paper towel or directly on to your prepared english muffin. They wash up easily too, which is always a bonus.

While the eggs poach, prepare the other elements of this exquisite ensemble. Toast English muffins to golden perfection, creating a crisp yet tender foundation for the layers of flavor to come. Sizzle Canadian bacon in a skillet, letting its savory aroma fill the kitchen, as it becomes beautifully browned and irresistibly delicious.

Meanwhile, prepare the pièce de résistance—the velvety hollandaise sauce. Whisking together egg yolks and tangy lemon juice, a luxurious marriage of flavors begins to form. Slowly, a stream of melted butter is incorporated into the mixture, and finally a bit of heavy cream, resulting in a luscious, buttery sauce that dances with brightness and richness. Seasoned with a pinch of salt and a hint of cayenne pepper, the hollandaise sauce becomes the crowning glory of Eggs Benedict.

As the individual components reach their peak, it’s time for the grand assembly. Place the toasted English muffin halves on a plate, their surfaces eager to embrace the symphony of flavors to come. Tender slices of Canadian bacon nestle atop the muffins, adding a savory element that complements the impending decadence. Now, with utmost care, gently rest a perfectly poached egg on each bacon slice.

Then drizzle the hollandaise sauce over the poached eggs, creating a golden cascade of richness that envelops the dish. The sauce clings to the delicate curves of the eggs, enhancing their creamy texture and imparting a luxurious depth of flavor. A sprinkle of finely chopped chives or a dash of cayenne pepper add a touch of freshness and visual appeal, elevating the visual presentation to match the culinary excellence.

The first forkful reveals the magic of Eggs Benedict. The crispness of the English muffin yields to the tender bite of the Canadian bacon, while the gentle pressure of the fork releases the golden yolk, bathing the plate in a river of richness. Every mouthful is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures—silky, runny yolks mingling with velvety hollandaise, savory bacon contrasting with the buttery muffins. It’s a symphony for the taste buds, a celebration of breakfast indulgence that leaves you craving more.

Eggs Benedict is more than just a dish; it’s an experience—a luxurious journey that awakens the senses and delights the palate. Whether shared with loved ones or savored in solitude, this classic brunch delight is sure to create unforgettable moments and leave a lasting impression. So, take your culinary skills to new heights and prepare a batch of Eggs Benedict to savor and enjoy the artistry of a truly remarkable breakfast masterpiece. If you like my eggs benedict recipe and you’re looking for other showstopping breakfasts for your family, try my cheesecake waffles. You can find the recipe here.

Variations of Eggs Benedict

Although I prefer a traditional classic eggs benedict. There are endless possibilities as far as non classic benny’s. Below are just a few:

  1. Florentine Benedict: Substitute the Canadian bacon with sautéed spinach and sliced tomatoes. The combination of the vibrant greens and juicy tomatoes adds a fresh twist to the classic.
  2. Salmon Benedict: Replace the Canadian bacon with smoked salmon or lox. The silky, smoky flavors of the salmon pair beautifully with the creamy hollandaise sauce, offering a delightful seafood twist.
  3. Crab Cake Benedict: Top the English muffins with homemade or store-bought crab cakes instead of Canadian bacon. The crispy exterior and tender, flavorful crab meat elevate this version to new heights of indulgence.
  4. Avocado Benedict: Add a creamy and nutritious touch by layering slices of ripe avocado over the Canadian bacon. The creamy texture and mild flavor of the avocado perfectly complement the other components of the dish.
  5. Southwest Benedict: Add a kick of southwestern flair by incorporating ingredients such as sliced jalapeños, black beans, chipotle peppers, and a sprinkle of Mexican cheese blend. This variation adds a delightful fusion of flavors and a touch of heat.
  6. Mushroom Benedict: Sauté a medley of mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms, and use them as a flavorful replacement for the Canadian bacon. The earthy and rich flavors of the mushrooms provide a delicious vegetarian twist.
  7. Lobster Benedict: Indulge in luxury by substituting the Canadian bacon with succulent lobster meat. This opulent variation takes Eggs Benedict to a whole new level of decadence, making it perfect for special occasions or a gourmet brunch.
  8. Asparagus Benedict: Instead of Canadian bacon, lightly blanch or grill fresh asparagus spears and place them on the English muffins. The crisp and vibrant asparagus adds a delightful crunch and a touch of green to the dish.
  9. Caprese Benedict: Transform Eggs Benedict into a Mediterranean delight by using fresh slices of mozzarella cheese, juicy tomato slices, and fresh basil leaves as the toppings. Drizzle with balsamic reduction for an extra burst of flavor.
  10. Veggie Benedict: Create a vegetarian-friendly option by replacing the Canadian bacon with sautéed mushrooms, grilled zucchini, or roasted red peppers. Customize with your favorite vegetables for a wholesome and delicious alternative.

Remember, these variations are just a starting point. Feel free to mix and match ingredients, add your favorite herbs or spices, or experiment with different sauces to create your own unique twist on Eggs Benedict. The possibilities are endless, ensuring that every brunch experience can be a delightful adventure in culinary creativity.

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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

A classic, luxurious and mouth-watering brunch dish that combines perfectly poached eggs, savory Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, and a rich hollandaise sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American, French
Servings 2


  • 1 saucepan *for the sauce
  • 1 stainless steel bowl
  • 1 slotted spoon
  • 1 pot *for the poached eggs


For the Hollandaise

  • 4 lg Egg yolks
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp Whipping Cream
  • salt
  • cayenne or hot sauce *optional

For the Poached Eggs

  • 4 lg eggs (preferably at room temperature)
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • water

For the Eggs Benedict

  • 2 English Muffins, toasted and buttered
  • 2 slices Canadian Back Bacon, fried or warmed


For the Hollandaise Sauce

  •  In a medium saucepan put about 1-1 1/2 inch of water in the bottom set it on stove on medium heat to start then lower to low after water has started to simmer pan, do not let boil!
  • Place a stainless steel bowl on top of the saucepan and water making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water,
  • Put 4 lg Egg yolks in the bowl whisk together with 4 Tbsp melted butter and 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • slowly, add the 4 Tbsp melted butter to the egg yolks mixture, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency
  • add a pinch of salt (and cayenne or hot sauce if using). Keep over very low heat stirring occasionally until you're ready to put it over your eggs

For the Poached Eggs

  • Bring a pot of water to a low boil, reduce to a simmer and add the vinegar
  • Crack each egg into a small bowl or ramekin, then gently lower the egg into the simmering water. Repeat with the other 3 eggs
  • Let the eggs cook for a few minutes until your desired doneness. I prefer a soft yolk, so this only takes about 3 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs to a paper towel to drain while you finish toasting the english muffins

To Assemble the Eggs Benedict

  • Toast the english muffins and pan fry the bacon to get it hot
  • Place one slice of Canadian bacon on each muffin bottom, then top with one poached egg.
  • With a large spoon, gently spoon the hollandaise sauce over the top of each egg to cover. Garnish with a sprinkle of cayenne or some sliced chives (optional). Serve and enjoy


Although it seems complicated, Eggs Benedict is actually quite simple to make.  Give it a try at home.  
Keyword applesauce, benedict, breakfast, brunch, canadian bacon, easy eggs, Frozen Lemonade, hollandaise
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