Last week for Mother’s Day, I was so lucky to have my mom come visit me in D.C. On Sunday, we went out and had brunch at KramerBooks in Dupont Circle. We both had a delicious plate of french toast, but then I saw the waitress walk by with someone else’s food — eggs benedict with prosciutto, asparagus, an english muffin and a creamy hollandaise sauce. Mmm! I have never even tried eggs benedict before, so I decided that was going to be my next kitchen mission. The only eggs I’ve ever had are scrambled, fried and hard-boiled…basically I’ve never had an egg where the yolk was moving around. So after making this, I must say — I’ve been missing out!
In my opinion, this is not really an ‘easy’ recipe. I wasted 2 eggs and really struggled with the hollandaise sauce. So I think that I need more practice, but in the end, it came together. Sorry for the lack of pictures during the process — it is very hard to poach an egg and take a picture at the same time.
EGGS BENEDICT WITH ASPARAGUS
-1 english muffin (cut in half and toasted)
-salt & pepper
Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients:
-1 stick of butter (melted)
-3 egg yolks
-1/2 Tbs. lemon juice
-1/2 Tbs. dijon mustard
-1 Tbs. cream
-pinch of cayenne pepper
-pinch of salt
I made the hollandaise sauce first and then let it sit while I did the rest. I think that my biggest mistake with making this could have been that I used a food processor to mix everything instead of doing it in a double-boiler. I think that a double boiler may have been the key to making the sauce thick and creamy. So here are my directions for making it in a food processor:
-Combine lemon juice, egg yolks, mustard, cream, cayenne pepper and salt in food processor on low.
-While the food processor is still on low, slowly add the melted butter in a steady stream.
Now, onto the rest.
-Toss asparagus lightly in olive oil and cook in a skillet until tender.
-Toast english muffin and lay a piece of prosciutto on top of each side. Lay english muffins over top of the bunch of asparagus.
-Boil a pot of water. To poach the eggs, crack the egg into a bowl (do only one at a time and be sure not to break the yolk when you crack the shell). When the water is boiling, take a wooden spoon and stir the water until a whirlpool starts. Drop the egg into the center of the whirlpool and then turn the stove down to low heat. The egg should only take about 3 minutes to cook. Remove egg from the pot (carefully!) and place on top of the prosciutto on the english muffin. Repeat again with the second egg.
-Once both eggs are done and placed on the prosciutto, pour the hollandaise sauce over the top and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.