So I decided to try the egg diet. Which means experimenting with lots and lots of eggs. I decided tonight I would try to poach an egg for the first time and on a whim decided to try my hand at Eggs Benedict, my way. This recipe has a few cut corners due to me not having something, or the fact I discovered my lemon juice expired in 2011…either way it turned out better than expected and I have fallen in love.
In a deep pot add enough water to fill about 2 inches from the bottom. Add the salt and vinegar, bring to simmer over medium heat. While the water is heating up you can prep your hollandaise.
Now this was the first time I ever made said sauce and I found a simple recipe but upon cracking my yolks into the bowl I discovered that my lemon juice was..DUN DUN DUN expired! Oh no! Quick to the internet I discovered that you don’t need it if you replace with vinegar. Now most people won’t want to do this for fear of spoiling the flavor but I found I had no strong taste or bite from it and will only be using such from now on. If this doesn’t float your boat replace with lemon juice.
In a bowl separate the yolks from the whites, you can save them to use for many things, mine will provide for egg white patties for breakfast sandwiches. Add the vinegar and spices. In a microwave safe cup melt the butter. Whisk the yolks together and slowly add the hot butter, not to much at a time or it could curdle and scramble the eggs. Whisk constantly until all butter is added.
By now your water should be simmering. In a small ramekin or bowl crack your egg. Bringing it close to the water, add your egg and use a wooden spoon to push the egg whites close. Cover and leave alone for 5 minutes, and I mean really leave it alone. Don’t touch it, don’t look at it, don’t lift the lid.
When the egg is almost done throw the heel piece of bread into the toaster. I decided to try this instead of an english muffin for two reasons, I’m not that fond of them and we had none.
In a small frying pan add a little oil, to keep the prosciutto from sticking. Crisp on both sides for about 20 seconds each, place on top of bread. Carefully remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon and put on top of the prosciutto. Top with hollandaise and enjoy.