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Video:How to Make Eggs Benedict

with Chris Chmura

Want to impress your friends and family with a fancy breakfast in the comfort of your own home? The iconic eggs Benedict is easier to prepare than you think. Here's how to make a delicious eggs Benedict in your very own kitchen.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Eggs Benedict

Hi, I'm Chris Chmura for About.com Food.

A fancy breakfast doesn't require a trip to a restaurant. Even with a shoestring budget, you can enjoy the opulence of eggs Benedict from the comfort of your kitchen.

Eggs Benedict Ingredients

All we need for two servings is an English muffin, two similar-sized pieces of ham or Canadian bacon, two eggs, a dash of salt, and some hot Hollandaise sauce. Use either our simple recipe or the instant stuff. We won't tell if you cheat.

Toast the Muffins

Begin by lightly toasting the English muffin. Don't let the halves get too hard, or you'll have to break out steak knives at the breakfast table.

Poach the Eggs

On to the eggs... the official recipe calls for poaching them.

Begin by pouring about two inches of water into a small pot. Toss in a dash of salt and bring to a boil.

Crack the eggs into a cup and gently ease them into the boiling water one at a time. Cook to your liking – usually just a few minutes.

History of Eggs Benedict

There are two versions to the Eggs Benedict story according to historians. Both begin in the late 1800s with ritzy restaurants in New York and involve people named Benedict. We can thank either a wealthy woman who was unsatisfied with the menu at Delmonico's restaurant or a hung-over moneyman seeking an unusual breakfast at the Waldorf Hotel. Either way, the recipe has remained in cookbooks for more than 100 years.

Remove Eggs From Water

When the eggs are done, remove with a slotted spoon. Place the poached eggs onto a paper towel and remove as much water as possible to prevent a soggy muffin. But, don't tap too hard or it's back to the drawing board.

My family doesn't care for poached eggs, so we scramble them. The choice is yours.

Brown the Meat

Now, over medium high heat, quickly brown the meat. It usually takes about a minute on each side.

Assemble the Eggs Benedict

Place the ham or Canadian bacon onto both halves of the opened English muffin. Add an egg to each one, and then drizzle Hollandaise sauce over the top.

Garnish as you wish and serve as quickly as possible. Now that wasn't so hard, was it?

Thanks for watching. I'm Chris Chmura. To learn more, visit us here on the Web at Food.About.com.
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