Purple sprouting broccoli, poached eggs & hollandaise

Purple sprouting broccoli, poached eggs & hollandaise

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins

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Serves 2
This twist on the classic brunch dish, eggs Florentine, replaces spinach with purple sprouting broccoli - serve over sourdough

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal564
  • fat34g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.9g


  • 250g purple sprouting broccoli
    Purple sprouting broccoli

    Purple sprouting broccoli

    pur-pel spr-ow-ting brok-o-lee

    This untidy-looking, colourful cousin of broccoli can be used in much the same way. Leafier and…

  • 200g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 medium free-range eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • a good pinch of chilli powder or a dash of Tabasco

To finish

  • 4 very fresh medium free-range eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 slices sourdough bread


  1. Cut any tough parts from the broccoli and cook the trimmed stems in boiling, lightly salted water for 3-4 mins. Drain and keep warm in a low oven along with 2 plates.

  2. Next, make the sauce. Gently melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the jug of a blender and add the mustard, lemon juice and seasoning with a dash of chilli or Tabasco. Turn up the heat until the butter begins to bubble. With the motor running, pour it, in a thin stream, into the blender through the hole in the lid. Continue to run the motor for about 30 secs after all the butter is in to make sure the sauce is fully mixed. Set aside.

  3. Heat a large pan of water. Crack an egg into a teacup and, once the water is simmering, tip the egg into the pan, then repeat with the 3 remaining eggs. Cook for 3 mins, then take them out in the order you put them in.

  4. Meanwhile, toast the bread and keep warm. To serve, lay a slice of toast on each warm plate. Lift the eggs from the water using a slotted spoon, drain them well and place 2 eggs on each slice of toast. Serve the broccoli alongside and spoon some hollandaise sauce over, putting the rest in a small bowl. Serve at once.

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16th Feb, 2016
Very easy, really tasty. My wife wants me to make this too often for my waistline to allow! I would suggest halving the amount of Hollandaise made, though. There will still be plenty for two people.
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