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Monday, April 06, 2009

Show and Tell: Cooking for the Soul: Brunch Edition

So, one of my favourite brunch dishes is Eggs Benedict. Hollandaise, poached eggs, English muffins. I mean, really, how can you go wrong? Last weekend, I had an amazing version at a restaurant, so I wanted to try and do my own version. In a cooking magazine I get, there was a recipe for Hollandaise, so I also decided to try my hand at making it from scratch. It was a so-so effort. It's a little finicky because you have to heat is slowly so it the eggs don't curdle. Mine curdled a little bit and tasted okay but I think it needed more salt to bring out it's flavour. Although I love the stuff from a package, I think I'll give the homemade stuff another try before going back to the other.

So, here you go, Lindsay's Eggs Benedict. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.

(Serves 2)
Hollandaise sauce
1 ripe avocado, halved, pit removed and mashed in a bowl
1/4 cup chopped red onion
juice from 1/2 lemon
goat cheese (enough to crumble on four English muffin halves)
2 English muffins, split in half
4 eggs, poached to desired doneness
Salt and pepper

1. Add the red onion to the avocado along with the lemon juice.
2. Toast English muffins.
3. Spread a generous amount of the avocado mixture on the English muffin.
4. Crumble goat cheese over the avocado mixture.
5. Position poached eggs on top. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
6. Spoon Hollandaise on top of the eggs.

Voila! Brunch! I served them with sliced strawberries. You could do endless variations, such as:

-adding a layer of fresh basil leaves between the avocado and goat cheese.
-adding a layer of crab and/ or shrimp
-use ricotta cheese instead of goat cheese
-use Bearnaise instead of Hollandaise (same as Hollandaise but with shallots, tarragon and white wine vinegar)

Really, you could do anything. Go wild!

If I make this again soon, I'll take a picture. Promise!

Now, pop over to Mel's and see what the rest of the class is cookin' up!


WiseGuy said...

Sounds Mouthwatering!

No picture - how could you do that to us!

Beautiful Mess said...

Yes! How could you do that to us?! I was SO hoping for some food p@rn on your blog. That recipe sounds delicious! I might take a hand at this for Easter. Maybe I'll do a trial run before hand. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

battynurse said...

I have to admit that I've never tried Eggs Benedict. Or hollandaise. When I was young I was very leary of various sauces and gravies. While I found that I do like many of those things I wouldn't eat as a kid I still have a difficult time trying something new, especially when I'm out at a restaurant.

Willsmom said...

mmmm sounds good. It's my fav breakfast!

The Steadfast Warrior said...

Food p@rn. You crack me up! Promise to deliver next time...

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Yummy! I love all your alternate toppings! I may have to give that a whirl.

WiseGuy said...

Hey there lady....What's up with you lately? Have not seen you post lately?

And since when did you begin to moderate comments? I am not sure whether this is the first time I am seeing this feature on your comment page, or it was always there and I have forgotten...

Anyways, I hope you are well! Take Care!

Liv said...

Yummy. I love eggs benedict. This version sounds great too. I might actually try it. Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I hope you are doing well. Happy to see the great results from your last u/s! Fantastic!