Eggs Florentine with Smoky Mornay Sauce


This version of eggs Florentine is based on eggs Benedict: The perfectly poached eggs rest on toasted English muffins on a bed of garlicky spinach and are then topped with a light cheese sauce spiked with smoked Spanish paprika.


  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup milk
  4. 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon sweet pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
  6. Kosher salt
  7. Freshly ground pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1 medium shallot, minced
  10. 1 garlic clove, minced
  11. 10 ounces baby spinach
  12. 4 large eggs
  13. 2 English muffins, split and toasted
  14. Snipped chives, for garnish
  1. In a small saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Stir in the flour to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth and simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking, until no floury taste remains, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Gruyère and pimentón. Season the Mornay sauce with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic and cook over moderately high until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook over moderately high heat, tossing occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring a large, deep skillet of water to a simmer. Crack the eggs into the skillet and simmer over moderately low heat until the whites are set and the yolks are runny, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the poached eggs to a plate; blot dry with paper towels.
  4. Arrange 2 English muffin halves on each plate. Mound the spinach on the English muffins and top with the poached eggs. Spoon the Mornay sauce over the eggs and garnish with the chives. Serve right away.