Eggs Benedict is much more than a staple brunch food – it’s a nuanced dish that reveals a certain level of culinary prowess and sophistication. While making this dish can be complicated due to the poached eggs and need for Hollandaise sauce, it can be made at home with a little bit of practice. Whether you make it for a loved one for an intimate breakfast in bed or to impress distant relatives in town for the weekend, making eggs Benedict is sure to be a catalyst for mastering a wide range of culinary skills. Here are four tips for tackling this delicious morning meal at home:
1. Learn to poach eggs
Poaching an egg isn’t actually all that difficult, but this technique has garnered a bad rep as being tricky. Again, mastering this skill might take a few practice runs, but all in all shouldn’t take too long to get the hang of. For reference, BBC Good Food has a number of helpful tips and an instructional video for how to poach an egg.
2. Make homemade Hollandaise sauce
It’s easy to distinguish the difference in flavor between fresh and store-bought Hollandaise sauce. Chef Auguste Escoffier added Hollandaise to the list of French mother sauces in the early 20th century. This sauce only takes a few minutes to make and should be whipped up fresh as you’re constructing your eggs Benedict.
3. Practice cooking with yeast
Eggs Benedict is generally served with an English muffin as the base, although some recipes use biscuits or other bread instead. Making homemade dough not only makes a fresh base for your eggs benny, but also allows you to play with the texture of your bread. For some, a thick biscuit might be perfect for sopping up Hollandaise, whereas others may prefer a fluffy, airy dough.
4. Add some extras
If the standard eggs Benedict seems a bit boring for your taste, consider adding some extras to showcase your particular flavor preferences or to experiment with unique textural combinations. For example, The Vintage Mixer tops a traditional eggs benny with slices of fresh avocado and pan-fried bacon. Another way to mix up this dish is to vary your meat. Traditionally, eggs Benedict is made with Canadian bacon, but consider substituting this savory component with sausage or another breakfast meat.