How to Make the Perfect Eggs Benedict Slideshow

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No matter what theory you choose to follow, we all know that the eggs (usually two) are served on a bed of some sort of bread. The most traditional type used today is English muffins, but if you choose to go with something else, just remember that the bread should be toasted long enough for a strong texture that adds bite and is able to soak in the hollandaise sauce, but not too much so that it’s difficult to cut through with a fork and knife.

The Vessel

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No matter what theory you choose to follow, we all know that the eggs (usually two) are served on a bed of some sort of bread. The most traditional type used today is English muffins, but if you choose to go with something else, just remember that the bread should be toasted long enough for a strong texture that adds bite and is able to soak in the hollandaise sauce, but not too much so that it’s difficult to cut through with a fork and knife.

The Egg

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The egg is almost always poached, and if you ever wonder why, then picture your eggs Benedict without that silky yolk dripping out of the egg, into the sauce, and onto the meat and bread. Get our point? If you’re going to go for another type of egg, just make sure its yolk is breakable. The key to a perfect poached egg is to have the water at the exact right temperature, and Chef David Burke explains this to us in detail.  

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The Meat

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Out of all of the theories, one thing remains clear, that the eggs are served on top of some meat. While Lemuel Benedict supposedly chose bacon for his dish, legend has it that the chef switched it out for the Canadian kind. Why? We like to think it was because it fits perfectly with the shape of an English muffin, and because its skin crisps up but still remains pliable under a knife. If you’re going with the traditional Canadian bacon, always throw it on the griddle for a few minutes per side so that it gets hot and crispy. For any other type of topping, whether it be shellfish, bacon, or even something vegetarian, remember to cook it but not to the point where it’s too tough to cut through. 

The Garnish

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Just yellow on white is so, well, boring, which is why we usually see eggs Benedict garnished with specks of paprika. Don’t just stop there, though, and garnish your eggs with whatever ingredient will add a fresh and textured bite to your dish. 

The Perfect Eggs Benedict

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While the dish's history is muddled, it doesn't take away from the fact that it's delicious. To make the perfect one, you have to remember the four components of the dish: the bread, the meat, the egg, and the sauce. As long as you follow the basic principles behind each of these, you can create any type of eggs Benedict you crave — just make sure it has hollandaise. 

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6 Different Ways to Make Eggs Benedict

Now that you've mastered how to make the original perfectly, try these 6 different variations and develop your very own eggs Benedict recipe.

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How to Create a Stellar Eggs Benedict Bar

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Serving eggs Benedict at your next brunch? 

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