Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & chives

Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & chives

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

For the keen cook

Servings

Serves 4 as part of a brunch buffet

Get your poaching technique honed and serve up this brunch classic- it's easily-doubled to feed a family or crowd

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
564
protein
27g
carbs
16g
fat
44g
saturates
23g
fibre
1g
sugar
1g
salt
3.09g

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 English muffins, halved
  • a little butter, for spreading
  • 8 slices smoked salmon
  • chopped chives, to serve

For the hollandaise sauce

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 125g unsalted butter, diced

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Method

  1. First make the Hollandaise sauce. Put the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk with a balloon whisk until light and frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until mixture thickens. Gradually add the butter, whisking constantly until thick – if it looks like it might be splitting, then whisk off the heat for a few mins. Season and keep warm.
  2. To poach the eggs, bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water is simmering gently. Stir the water so you have a slight whirlpool, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  3. Lightly toast and butter the muffins, then put a couple of slices of salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, spoon over some Hollandaise and garnish with chopped chives.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2009

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aspacepig's picture
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Just made this for the wife on our first anniversary together.

Have been in the food business for a decade but have never tried HS.

Thanks for the deliciously simple recipe. Worked a charm.

Cheers!

mildura's picture
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Oh and also... is it common knowledge that you can freeze egg whites? After 5 years of cooking i've only just been told and now i feel a lot less guilty about only using the yolks. Plus i can make extra meringue for my lemon meringue pie. Maybe another novice will find it useful.

mildura's picture
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This is the first recipe for hollandaise sauce i ever seen where you don't need to melt the butter first! I think that might even be the secret for us mere mortals because mine never came close to splitting and usually i have to constantly adjust the temperature to avoid it happening. The boyfriend did look petrified when he saw the finished product (with Johnathan's suggestion of champagne), but he must have thought i was about to propose, cause it looked delicious to me!

jwebber's picture

Fantastic morning treat with a fresh glass of chilled champagne. Easy to prep and serve.

lizleicester's picture
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This is soooo delicious. I had to do a dairy free version (due to allergy to milk protein), so used Pure instead and it was lovely. Sprinkled with spring onions and it worked brilliantly as a treat for hungover offspring.

ruthasmyth's picture

FAB! Loved by all, especially my NO 1 Critic, my hubby! Hollandaise sauce fabulous, tho i used poach pods to poach my eggs.
Thanks again GoodFood

sarraceniac's picture
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So much nicer than with the traditional ham. The salmon really lifts it.

wolffromthedoor's picture
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Delicious! Very easy to follow, and for once I managed to get it all the separate bits ready at about the same time, and the Hollandaise came together perfectly. A lovely recipe for a breakfast treat.

elliesuki's picture
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Delicious. New favourite for special occassion breakfasts.

Pee's picture
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My first attempt at Hollandaise sauce.. no splitting so chuffed to bits. Hubby absolutely loved this, will definately a regular weekend breakfast in our house

jharrold's picture
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forgot to rate

jharrold's picture
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Did this this morning for a surprise Valentines Day breakfast and it really was perfect. Followed the recipe to the letter and could not have been happier with it or the reaction from the other half. Will become a saturday morning favourite when we have guests I think!

bealez's picture
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came out brilliantly...thanx

lindarademaker's picture
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flavour was beautiful

vhoracek's picture
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I used dill instead of chives, it goes well with salmon. Homemade hollandaise is delicious.

smokierocz's picture
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very nice the poached egg tops it of beautifully used ciabatta's instead of muffins, tot hollandaise sauce would be a disater wasn't sure if i'd like it but turned well :-)

thommich's picture
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Used ready made hollandaise sauce, but this is a delicious, simple light snack.

nildesperandum's picture
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Just had this for lunch with my sister, DELICIOUS!!! hollandaise sauce easier to make than we thought .We thought this would be a lovely breakfast for christmas morning .

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