One of my favourite all time breakfast is a really good Eggs Benedict. Though widely available in many restaurants and countries not all serve it well. A very good eggs benedict for me constitute runny egg yolk, eggs poached to perfection and a freshly made hollandaise sauce that has a smooth and silky texture with a good balance sweet and salty flavour without the vinegar over powering the overall taste. As an alternative to my ham based eggs benedict I also like to use smoked salmon and in some cases have both. A lovely breakfast to have on a beautiful Saturday morning.
KITCHEN KIT: Balloon whisk, sauce pan and a bowl
1. 2 eggs
2. Some water for poaching the egg
3. 3 tbsp. of white wine vinegar
4. 4 slices of good quality smoked salmon
5. 2 English muffins, sliced in halves
6. Some butter to spread over the muffins (optional)
7. Dill, chopped for garnish (optional)
For the hollandaise sauce:
8. 2 tsp lemon juice
9. 2 tsp white wine vinegar
10. 3 large egg yolks
11. 130g cold unsalted butter, diced
12. Pinch of Salt and pepper (optional)
The Muffin and Salmon:
1. Preheat grill to highest temperature, place your English muffin on the grill for 1-2 minutes until lightly golden brown and crisp. Plate, butter and add 2 slices of salmon on top of the muffins.
Poaching the eggs:
2. On a medium sauce pan over a high heat, bring water to the boil and stir in the white wine vinegar. Lower the heat and simmer gently. Stir the water and vinegar a few times and slowly slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each eggs for about 3-4 mins. Once cooked remove with a slotted spoon and place on top of the English muffins with ham.
The Hollandaise Sauce:
4. On a sauce pan, over very low heat, whisk your lemon juice and white wine vinegar, add the egg yolks whisking constantly until light and frothy. (the pan should never be too hot for you to touch the sides of it)
5. Gradually add the butter, whisk constantly until butter has melted.
6. When the butter has completely melted, turn up the heat to medium-low, whisk continuously until the mixture has thickened. (If it looks like it might be splitting and the mixture starts to steam, turn off the heat and whisk continuously for a few mins. It is important to keep whisking to prevent it from splitting and to thicken the mixture.)
7. When the mixture has thickened and is smooth, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and pour over the top of the salmon. Garnish with some chopped dill.
Extra Tip: Hollandaise Sauce-to make sure that your sauce does not split, don’t stop whisking until the sauce has thickened. Keep the sauce under very, very low heat. If it is not easy to control the heat, put your mixture on a bowl, place the bowl on a simmering sauce pan with water also under low heat.