Celebrating Eggs Benedict
April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day. And it’s one of our favorite holidays because it lets Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs prove their worth in the kitchen.
What’s in Eggs Benedict?
A classic Eggs Benedict recipe features simple ingredients: poached fresh eggs, Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, and an authentic Hollandaise sauce. The four ingredients come together to create a luscious, satisfying meal.
Feeling skittish about how to poach an egg—or how to make Hollandaise sauce? Poaching an egg takes just a few minutes. Here’s a video that shows you how to make poached eggs. Lots of variations exist, too. For example, you can use an egg poacher, which sets individual egg cups into a pan of simmering water.
Variations on Eggs Benedict recipes
There are some great variations on Eggs Benedict recipes, too. Some people use smoked salmon in place of Canadian bacon. Of course, you can incorporate vegetables, such as asparagus, spinach, or even tomato. Our paleo Eggs Benedict recipe features sweet potato cakes in place of English muffins and a paleo blender Hollandaise sauce.
How about Hollandaise sauce?
Making Hollandaise sauce is a lot like making homemade, fresh mayo. You are basically whisking melted butter into egg yolks. The trick is doing it s-l-o-w-l-y, which lets the egg yolks emulsify the butter and make a delectably smooth sauce. Here’s a great Hollandaise sauce recipe.
If you don’t enjoy whisking, you can also make blender Hollandaise sauce. You start with the egg yolks and lemon juice in the blender, and let the blender do the work while you slowly drizzle in the melted butter.
Pasteurized eggs make your Eggs Benedict recipes safe
Two key elements in your Eggs Benedict recipe require undercooked eggs—the poached eggs and the Hollandaise sauce. This means they do carry the risk of Salmonella, so it’s best to be safe. In fact, 4 out of 5 Salmonella enteritidis foodborne illnesses come from raw eggs or undercooked eggs.
The good news? When you choose pasteurized eggs, you eliminate the risk. So, have your Eggs Benedict and eat it too!