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The Secret Technique for Making Easy Eggs Benedict

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If you always order this dish at a restaurant because you don’t know how to make eggs Benedict at home, get ready to have your mind blown. As a former restaurant chef, I have a secret to share with you: making restaurant-quality eggs Benedict at home is easy! This rich and decadent dish might seem intimidating, but we have a few tips up our sleeve. Follow along to learn the secret that makes hollandaise sauce a breeze and a technique to make your poached eggs look Instagram-worthy.

Before you know it, your house will become the neighborhood spot for brunch (don’t worry, these tips for hosting a stress-free brunch party will get you ready for your new fame).

First: The Easy Way to Make Hollandaise Sauce

What makes this classic mother sauce seem difficult? Tempering the egg yolks so they don’t scramble and adding the butter slowly enough so the emulsion holds without breaking. Traditionally, this is done in a large metal bowl held over boiling water to steam the eggs…but that’s not how we do it in a restaurant.

Our secret: Use modern technology! A blender or a handheld immersion blender will provide enough heat to temper those egg yolks, so all you need to do is blend away for the best (and easiest) hollandaise sauce of your life.

Get the full step-by-step guide to hollandaise here.

You’ll Need:

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Equipment:

A blender or immersion blender

Instructions for Making Hollandaise

Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small sauce pan until it’s bubbling—you want it to be hot. Meanwhile, place the eggs, water, and lemon juice in the blender and begin blending. Slowly—very slowly—add the hot butter in a slow, steady stream. If the mixture gets too thick, you can add a teaspoon of water at a time to help it along. Once it’s complete, season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste and cover it with plastic wrap until you’re ready to assemble.

Test Kitchen tip: If you want to make your hollandaise ahead of time, you’ll need to keep it warm. It’s fine at room temperature for about an hour, but if you’re holding it for longer we suggest storing it in an insulated coffee mug.

Next Up: Demystifying the Poached Egg

There are a lot of myths floating around out there about poached eggs, but really they’re just as easy as cooking hard-boiled eggs. It’s all about time and temperature. Once you have the water to the right temp, your eggs will simply float around in their little spa until they’re cooked through. Easy, right! Well, getting them to look pretty seems to be the hard part. Luckily, we have a trick up our sleeve to make perfectly formed poached eggs, every time.

Before you drop your eggs into their water bath, crack them (one at a time) into a fine mesh strainer. This will let the loose whites strain out—the ones that make those annoying and unattractive tails in the water. Just remember to use fresh eggs—they’ll have the firmest whites.

You’ll Need:

8 very fresh eggs

Water

Kosher salt

Equipment:

A medium pot

A digital thermometer

A fine mesh strainer

Instructions for Poaching Eggs

Step 1: Set the scene
Bring a medium pot of water to a simmer until the thermometer registers 180°F (if it exceeds 190°F, add ice or wait until it cools down a bit). One at a time, carefully break each egg into a small bowl. If the yolk breaks, set it aside for a future batch of scrambled eggs and start over. Tip the egg into a fine mesh strainer and shake it to drain the loose whites. Meanwhile, swirl the water with a large spoon to create a cyclone before dropping the strained the egg into the water.

Step 2: Poach the eggs
Continue cracking, straining, and swirling until you have four eggs in the water. Cook the eggs for 4 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Remove them to a paper-towel lined plate to drain as you cook the remaining eggs.

Test Kitchen tip: You can cook your poached eggs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator in a bowl of cold water for up to two days. To reheat, simply dunk them in hot water for a few minutes.

Finally: Building the Perfect Eggs Benedict

Now that you’ve made your hollandaise sauce and have your poached eggs on hand, it’s time to assemble your eggs Benedict! We’ve gone for the classic ham-and-eggs Benedict here, but feel free to get creative with your toppings. Swap out the ham for your favorite bacon, smoked salmon or crab meat, or go vegetarian with spinach and avocado.

You’ll Need:

4 English muffins, split

8 slices Canadian bacon or thick-cut ham

Fresh herbs (for garnish)

Instructions for Assembling Eggs Benedict

Toast the English muffins until they’re nice and crunchy. You don’t want them to be burnt, but they need to be sturdy enough to hold up to the runny yolks and hollandaise sauce. Meanwhile, sear the Canadian bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned on both sides. Top each English muffin half with a piece of Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and a large spoonful of hollandaise sauce. Garnish the Benedict with fresh herbs – I love chives and parsley!

These secrets will make your homemade eggs Benedict look and taste like restaurant-quality ones, just without the price tag! But, if it all seems like too much, you can simplify: this eggs Benedict casserole recipe tastes like the real deal but turns it into a one-pan dish.

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Article by Lindsay D. Mattison from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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5 Instagram-Worthy Foods In Westside Costa Mesa

Tucked just above the beautiful shores of Newport and Huntington Beach is one of Orange County’s oldest and most historic cities — Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa also happens to be the local Chomping Ground of our friend and popular Instagram foodie, @Dradevsfood.

Join us as we take a ride with Drade to see how he spends his time cruising through local eats within Costa Mesa’s vibrant and ever-expanding food scene.

First stop, Wild Goose Tavern, which is known for a robust list of signature cocktails, gourmet burgers and a super laid back vibe. Drade highly recommends the caprese burger, a juicy burger stacked with a thick slice of fried mozzarella, cilantro chimichurri, and garlic aioli.     

Don’t forget a Wild Goose Sour to go along with your burger, though. This fresh take on the classic whiskey sour – made with Basil Hayden’s, angostura bitters, egg white, and lemon – is not to be missed.

Donuts, anyone? If you’re in Costa Mesa, Sidecar Doughnuts is a must-see for any level of donut lover. Sidecar has been supplying the Orange County scene with delicious, colorful and seasonal donuts for years.

If there’s a must-have at Sidecar, it has to be the Eggs Benedict Donut — made with a poached egg, Benton’s ham, and infused with a homemade basil hollandaise.   

Now it’s time for a steak dinner at Boathouse Collective. One of the most popular plates is the off-the-menu – but always available – 20 oz. ribeye served with yakimo, a.k.a. Japanese sweet potato, and miso butter.

This perfectly cooked, juicy steak is packed with flavor, and the miso butter provides the perfect depth to the dish.

One of the greatest things about Costa Mesa’s proximity to the ocean is the access to super fresh, super delicious seafood at all times. If you’re in the mood, there’s no better spot to check out than Catalina Fish Kitchen.

While there’s plenty to choose from, do yourself a favor and go with the LSB Burrito stuffed with Lobster, Shrimp and Bacon. This surf and turf burrito is smothered in a homemade gumbo sauce (per request) and is a surefire way to make all your Instagram followers jealous.  

For some lighter fare, Oak & Coal is your go-to spot for some Kimchi Dumplings. These perfectly handcrafted dumplings are stuffed with chicken and pork and will become an instant favorite.

Thanks for showing us around, Drade! Make sure to visit https://www.travelcostamesa.com/eatcation/ to learn more about the foodie scene in Costa Mesa.

And don’t forget to tag all your pics with #eatcation!


Created in partnership with Travel Costa Mesa

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We Discovered The Meaning Of Life In This Eggs Benedict Pizza

Our favorite two brunch items of all time are always a split between Eggs Benedict and Breakfast Pizza. Both extremely palatable, and both visually striking. Usually we alternate ordering the two, so as to not pick favorites, but it appears we won’t have to any longer.

Jinny’s Pizzeria in Santa Ana, CA has added a new limited-time pizza to their weekend menu combining the best elements of the two brunch items.

The Eggs Benedict Pizza is made with Jinny’s signature pizza crust topped with a blend of Fontina & Mozzarella Cheese, Prosciutto, Basil, sous vide poached eggs, and of course, a Hollandaise drizzle.

While the pizza is only available for a limited time through the month of August, it may stick around if it becomes popular enough. We actually got to try some recently and you can bet it’ll be popular. Couldn’t stop at merely a single slice.

A while back Jinny’s also created an immensely popular Spaghetti Pizza that left our hearts fluttering and our tummies roaring.

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McDonald’s Meets Brunch In This Sexy Happy Meal Benedict

HAPPY MEAL BENEDICT! Waffled French fries, cheddar cheese patties, and a whole lotta eggs benedict #PHAAT

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Fast food and brunch never really seem to go together. I mean, sure, Jack in the Box has a brunch menu, but it’s missing out on yolk porn, mimosas, and hollandaise sauce. Can you imagine how dope it would be if a fast food place sold an Eggs Benedict?

Thanks to our Foodbeast friend The Naughty Fork, we don’t have to imagine anymore. She’s created a Happy Meal Benedict that takes fast food to the next level. It’s got some pretty rad McDonald’s twists to the classic Benedict, such as waffle fries in place of English muffins.

The Happy Meal Benedict is a meal worthy to grace the brunch halls of any establishment, fast food or otherwise, and the food porn shots displayed on this bad boy are evidence enough of that.

We’ve crafted and seen some amazing fast food recipes before, but the double ooze from the egg yolk and hollandaise on this one may just make it the sexiest of all time.

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Maggiano’s New Brunch Menu Features A MASSIVE Meatball Benedict

When you think brunch, you typically think of mimosas, French toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and a great way to start off the weekend.

You probably don’t think about meatballs when you think about brunch. Italian restaurant chain Maggiano’s did, however, and they brought it into their new brunch menu in a BIG way.

Maggiano’s began serving brunch at the end of February, offering twelve different dishes for their weekend brunch menu, five of which you can order on the regular lunch menu throughout the week. Some items being featured include benedicts with items like crab cakes and ham, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Creme Brulee French Toast, Chicken & Waffles, and an Italian Sausage Frittata.

The most intriguing item across the entire spread has to be this Meatball Benedict. It’s a cultural mashup at the sauciest level possible.

I mean, who thinks to take something as classically Italian as this mondo meatball and stick it into America’s most luxurious brunch staple? I’ve certainly never seen it until Maggiano’s came out with this beastly benedict, which is basically the best of both worlds when it comes to Italian-American fare.

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The Eggs Benedict Music Video You Never Knew You Wanted [WATCH]

Ex-Epic Meal Time chef and personality Josh Elkin is quickly building a discography of recipe music videos worthy of one massive mixtape drop come a few months from now. Today he dropped his latest in a series of recipe raps, the Eggs Benedict.

Lines bang over auto-tune, paritcularly the embarassingly catchy auto-tuned hook “I really like breakfast,” and “these eggs Benedict so epic.” The video starts with Josh waking up in a silk robe, to the kitchen sipping on Bailey’s in coffee, and hits every last recipe step by the end of the 2-minute jam.

Could there be a wave Rap Recipe Music videos? The song is also available on iTunes — I also recommend watching the video in tandem with these steps, in case you get lost:

Step 1
Fry 4 slices of bacon on a pan and set aside.
Step 2
Melt 1/2 cup of butter.
Step 3
Toast two english muffins and set aside.
Step 4
Whisk together 2 egg yolks and the juice of one lemon in a metal bowl until it doubles in volume.
Step 5
Heat up 2 inches of water in a saucepan big enough to hold the bottom of the metal bowl.
Step 6
Add the bowl to the top of the boiling pot making sure it doesn’t touch the water. Whisk the contents of the bowl and combine with the melted butter until it thickens and becomes a sauce.
Step 7
Take it off the heat and add a pinch of salt and paprika.
Step 8
Heat up a larger saucepan or pot with water and bring to a boil.
Step 9
Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the boiling water. Using a spoon, make a whirlpool and crack the eggs inside. Cook for about 3 minutes extract with a slotted spoon.
Step 10
Lay down your english muffins, add the bacon strips, the poached egg, and then top with the hollandaise sauce.

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Cravings Health

7 Surprisingly Dangerous Foods For Pregnant Women And Babies

Sushi and alcohol may be the obvious culprits, but you’d be shocked to learn there’s a much broader list of foods and drink to avoid when you’re expecting or feeding a baby. Keep those cravings in check with this guide.

1. Caesar Salad

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This classic dish contains one potentially harmful ingredient in its dressing: raw egg. Consumption of undercooked yolk may result in that familiar bacterial strain known as Salmonella.  Often associated with raw chicken, avoiding infection means cooking eggs above 160-degrees. Too bad cooked dressing isn’t trending.

2. Parsley

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A seemingly harmless herb, this infamous garnish is not recommended. Ingesting an abundance may encourage uterine contractions. In layman’s terms, it’ll lend itself to an early delivery. While consuming an excess of anything is never recommended, it’s easier to avoid this green altogether than wonder how much is in that batch of pesto.

3. Deli Meat

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Cold cuts, bologna, and we might as well throw charcuterie in the mix– sandwiching these slices can be a cause for concern. It’s not so much the mom-to-be as much as it endangers the unborn child. The chances of acquiring Listeria are generally low, but expectant mothers are more at risk and may pass it along to baby. Complications may occur, leaving the child with complications. Or worse, resulting in death.

4. Water

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Odorless, colorless, and without taste; babes in arms should not be drinking tap water. Newborns aren’t known for their immune systems, and receiving infections from drinking water would likely spread throughout their bodies and affect multiple areas of their already fragile body. In addition, for every time they pee, they’re losing sodium. Sodium loss causes seizures and brain swelling. Seriously.

5. Cinnamon

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We know, we know. That fun stick in our spiced cider can’t possibly be bad for you. For all the benefits it seemingly promotes (fights off colds, acts as a bug repellent, cures athletes foot, etc.), excessive use results in premature labor.

6. Juice

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Specifically, unpasteurized juices are not baby’s preferred beverage. You won’t always know if what’s being offered has gone through the process, so just avoid the option altogether. Need a good reason? Diarrhea. Yeah, we knew that would shut you up.

7. Eggs Benedict

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Before you diss poached eggs over ham and English muffins, remember what this brunch staple is dressed in. Hollandaise is the enemy, so get irked because of that. That’s just bananas, if you ask us. See Caesar salad if you’re seeking more justification.

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7 EGGS BENEDICT Dishes You Can Only Get In Los Angeles

There are fewer things in this world that scream breakfast like a delicious Eggs Benedict, but did you know that it originated as a hangover cure? In 1894, a Wall Street broker named Lemuel Benedict ordered some buttered toast, crispy bacon, poached eggs and some Hollandaise sauce to smother it all in. Wa la! The amazing combination turned into what we know as Eggs Benedict today and since then chefs have been elevating it and making the dish their own. From the classics to the creative, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

BLD

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One of our favorite places to dine at in LA is BLD, which stands for what they do best: breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter what meal you are dining there for it’s sure to be an amazing one with Chef Neal Fraser in the kitchen. With a resume that includes winning Iron Chef America and being a strong contender on Top Chef Master, it’s no wonder that all of his meals are amazing and unique. This is especially true of his egg benedict items that can be enjoyed until 3 p.m. every day. Our favorite Benedict on the menu is a big stray from the traditional since it is a vegan item. However, the flavors make it one of the best for vegans and carnivores alike. Prepared with house smoked tofu bacon, a veggie patty, wilted arugula, a vegan English muffin and Hollandaise it leaves nothing to be desired. We love the taste and the fact that even vegans can enjoy this breakfast favorite.

7450 Beverly Blvd. || Los Angeles, CA 90036 || 323.930.9744 | www.bldrestaurant.com

 

Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air

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Why not elevate your Eggs Benedict by making a fun filled weekend out of it? Head to the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles for an amazing stay-cation complete with a delicious breakfast at this famous restaurant. Everything that they do at Wolfgang Puck is elevated and unique, even the classics. Their Eggs Benedict are made with poached eggs, white cheddar biscuits, maple Hollandaise and tomato jam. The subtle touches make this dish one for the books, and the ambiance and beauty of the hotel and restaurant aren’t bad either.

701 Stone Canyon Road || Los Angeles, CA 90077 || 310.472.1211 | www.dorchestercollection.com

 

The Churchill

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The Churchill is one of those LA restaurants that can do no wrong. Located in the heart of West Third Street, this adorable restaurant serves up some of the best breakfast, lunch, dinner, juices, ice cream, snack and anything else you could want. In addition to the inside and sidewalk patio, they also have a takeaway window where you can pick up meals on the go. However, we suggest grabbing a seat outside and ordering up their Eggs Benedict that won’t disappoint. The key to this dish here at Church is the fact that they cure their own meats, and this one comes with black forest ham. It is served on biscuits and comes with arugula and a chipotle Hollandaise. One bite and you’ll be hooked.

8384 W 3rd Street || Los Angeles, Ca 90048 || 323.655.8384 | www.the-churchill.com

 

Playa Provisions

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Playa Provisions is one of the most interesting spaces in LA because it brings together four different dining experiences under one roof. Dockside is the seafood restaurant, Grain is the whiskey bar, Small Batch is the ice cream bar and King Beach is the breakfast and lunch spot. King Beach is where you’re going to want to head for the Eggs Benedict. Their benny is a Cajun Shrimp & Dungeness Crab Benedict that is so unique and delicious you’ll be heading there every weekend for another. The fresh seafood in the dish is what Playa Provisions is all about, and the quality is evident in every decadent bite.

119 Culver Blvd || Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 || 310.683.5019 | www.playaprovisions.com

 

The Rockefeller

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The Rockefeller’s LA location in Manhattan Beach serves up some amazing brunch on the weekends, something we all appreciate and love. On top of their list of delicious items is their Pork Belly Benedict. Served with classic poached eggs, pork belly, tomato, cheesy grits, asparagus and bacon Hollandaise, this dish knocks it out of the park. The cheesy grits are definitely the kicker here that completes and elevates this classic meal. Pair this with their bottomless mimosas or delicious craft beers, and you’ve got the perfect way to start your day.

1209 Highland Avenue || Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 || 310.372.8467 | www.eatrockefeller.com

 

Little Dom’s

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Little Dom’s is a hidden gem in LA that serves up some big flavors at their charming eatery. Chef Brandon Boudet draws his inspiration for his breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from classic Italian dishes that he transforms into his own. Indulge with his take on Eggs Benedict with their menu item, Eggs Fungi Poached. This Benny comes with roasted mushrooms, grilled bread, and their amazing fennel pollen Hollandaise. While ordering ask for an extra side of the holly to save your waiter a trip later on because you’ll want more where that came from.

2128 Hillhurst Avenue || Los Angeles, CA 90027 || 323.661.0055 | www.littledoms.com

 

The Hudson

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The Hudson in West Hollywood is the perfect place for enjoying one of their delicious Eggs Benedict outside on a beautiful day. Since the weather is amazing more often that not here in LA, we think it’d be a safe bet to plan on dining on their patio. You’ll experience their rustic décor complete with fifty food trees, hanging bulbs, candles, distressed metal and rustic wood. While the patio is a huge plus, let’s not forget why you’ve venturing there in the first place: to celebrate just how amazing eggs benedict can be. The Hudson offers two types of bennies, but our favorite is their crab cake version. This meal comes complete with Red Rock crab, poached eggs, bearnaise sauce, focaccia bread, market greens and potatoes. Grab some friends and a seat outside and dig in!

1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd || West Hollywood, CA 90046 || 323.654.6686 | www.thehudsonla.com

Written by Nicole Fera of Locale Magazine