Prosciutto Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise Sauce
Adding a little bit of distilled vinegar to the egg poaching water helps the proteins to coagulate, making your egg whites more cooperative. It's a great little trick that saves heartache.
A gentle adaptation of the classic Eggs Benedict recipe
Just gonna call it: Last week’s five-minute, five-ingredient blender Hollandaise sauce is a dream come true. It’s versatile enough to top everything from spring vegetables to steak, but as everyone knows, Hollandaise is never more in its element than when spooned over poached eggs.
Prosciutto Eggs Benedict, just a slight variation on the theme, is my ideal Benedict. A little bit Italian, a little bit possibly even classier than the original, a little bit absolute perfection.
How to make Eggs Benedict even better
Just to let you know, this blog is going to be all Hollandaise, all the time on the recipe front through Thursday. We’ve got Eggs Florentine inspired by an old weekly tradition from our time in London coming up in a few days. Point being, if you’re not into this kind of thing — that is, if you’re team Eggs Benedict Arnold and not team Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch — we might want to reconvene next week.
I am SO VERY sorry not sorry for that last sentence.
- 4 English muffins
- 8 thin slices prosciutto
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 8 eggs
- 1 recipe blender hollandaise sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped flat-leaf parsley to garnish, optional
- Split the English muffins and toast to your liking. (Lightly toasted, gently crisp on the outside and tender inside if you're looking for a recommendation.) Divide among 4 plates. Drape a slice of prosciutto over each English muffin half while it's still hot.
- To poach the eggs, fill a wide sauté pan halfway with water. (A pan like this is ideal.) Add vinegar and bring water to a brisk simmer, then reduce heat so the water is virtually still. Crack each egg into a small bowl and tip carefully into the water, submerging the bowl a bit as you pour. I like to add the eggs in a clockwise circle starting near the handle so I remember in which order to remove them for even cooking. Cook undisturbed for four minutes, until whites are set and yolks are runny. Remove eggs from pan with a strainer spoon (something like this). Gently place eggs on a paper towel-lined plate and dab the tops to remove excess water. Cut away any scraggly whites if you like.
- While the eggs poach, make the hollandaise.
- To serve, place a poached egg over each prosciutto-draped English muffin half and spoon some Hollandaise sauce overtop. Finish with freshly ground black pepper and some parsley if you like.