Eggs Benedict

Don't just wait till you eat out - recreate this restaurant brunch classic at home with Antony Worrall Thompson's step-by-step recipe
By Antony Worrall Thompson
Eggs Benedict
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main:

  • 2 large beef tomatoes
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • handful of thyme, leaves only
  • rock salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Hollandaise sauce:

  • 200 g butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • splash of water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For poaching:

  • 1-2 tbsp white malt vinegar
  • 4 whole eggs

For serving:

  • 2 muffins
  • 3 slices bacon

Method

1. Slice tomatoes in half, scoop out the seeds and discard. Season the tomato shells and scatter with thyme leaves. Drizzle the tomatoes with a little olive oil and place under a preheated medium grill for ten minutes.

2. In the meantime prepare the Hollandaise sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Put the egg yolks and a splash of water into a blender or food processor, along with the lemon juice. Season well. Blend the ingredients together, slowly adding the hot butter to the mix as you go, little by little. Continue to blend until sauce thickens. Set aside.

3. Fill a large, shallow pan with water (about 3cm deep) and bring to a simmer. Add some vinegar (1-2 tbsp per 1 litre of water) to help the eggs hold their shape. Then break four eggs into separate coffee cups (again to help maintain their shape when they're placed in the pan). Gently tip the eggs into the simmering water and poach for 2-3 minutes.

4. Meanwhile grill the bacon slices until crispy. Slice the muffins in half and lightly toast.

5. When ready to serve place one tomato shell on top of each muffin. Break up one slice of the grilled bacon and sprinkle into the bottom of the tomato shells.

6. Once the eggs are poached, drain them on paper towel and place into tomato shells. Spoon a generous amount of Hollandaise sauce onto the eggs and top each with half a slice of bacon. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves.

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