breakfast is hands-down my favorite meal.
eggs, pancakes, breakfast burritos, french toast… not many things get me as excited as a good breakfast or brunch.
whenever we are out for brunch or at a joint with good breakfast, i always order the eggs benedict. (i totally judge the place on how good their eggs benedict is.) i love the fluffy eggs, on top of the warm canadian bacon, atop the slightly crispy, buttered english muffin… all of this is generously covered with the lovely, never-disappointing hollandaise sauce – creamy, buttery and hopefully drenching the entire plate.
4 egg yolks
3 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp water
1 cup butter, melted (2 sticks)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
8 strips (or rounds) canadian-style bacon
4 english muffins, split
2 tbsp butter, softened
to make the hollandaise:
1. fill the bottom of a double boiler part way with water. make sure that the water does not touch the top pan. bring water to a gentle simmer. in the top of the double boiler, whisk together egg yolks, lemon juice, white pepper, worcestershire sauce, and 1 tbsp water.
add the melted butter to the egg yolk mixture 1 or 2 tbsp at a time while constantly whisking the egg yolks. if hollandaise begins to get too thick, add a teaspoon or 2 of hot water. continue whisking until all butter is incorporated. whisk in salt, then remove from heat. place a lid on the top pan to keep the sauce warm.
2. preheat the oven to broil. to poach the eggs: fill a large saucepan with 3 inches of water. bring water to a gentle simmer, then add vinegar. carefully break eggs into simmering water, and allow to cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. yolks should be still soft in the center. remove eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and set on a warm plate.
3. while the eggs are poaching, brown the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and toast the english muffins on a baking sheet under the broiler.
4. spread toasted muffins with softened butter, and top each one with a slice of bacon, followed by one poached egg. place 2 muffins on each plate and drizzle with hollandaise sauce. sprinkle with finely chopped chives and a bit of paprika and serve immediately.