Eggs Benedict

The ideal formula for eggs Benedict is two halves of an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. And the sauce is key. It should be creamy, a little tangy and never broken (a hollandaise sin). Obviously, this isn't the ideal meal for people watching their waistlines, but it does serve as an ultra-comforting option for a relaxing weekend brunch. Food & Wine's guide to eggs Benedict has the classic recipe, but it also offers creative upgrades like a lobster version and a smart take on a Reuben. You can also find wine pairings and new techniques for making hollandaise sauce.

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Eggs Benedict

The classic brunch dish Eggs Benedict traditionally consists of a split English muffins topped with Canadian bacon, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Here, a few variations on this popular egg dish, from steak and eggs Benedict to eggs Florentine with smoky mornay sauce.
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3 Wines to Pair with Eggs Benedict

The brunch staple goes best with the world’s most versatile pairing wines: sparklers, Rieslings and rosés.
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4 Upgrades for Eggs Benedict

Runny poached eggs, salty Canadian bacon, buttery hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin. Yes, this is brunch perfection; but even perfection can be updated. Here are four ways.
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5 Alternative Takes on Hollandaise Sauce for Your Eggs Benedict

Switching up how you make hollandaise sauce is a fun way to riff on this brunch staple. Here are five different ways to approach this classic sauce.
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Lobster Eggs Benedict

This is superdecadent brunch food. To save time, you can use cooked lobster meat—you'll need about 3/4 pound.   More Brunch Recipes  
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Bacon, Cheese and Scrambled Egg Sandwiches with Hollandaise

"These were a staple of my Sunday brunch when I was a line cook at the Admiral Risty restaurant in Rancho Palos Verdes, in Southern California," says Greg Lindgren, who now co-owns some of San Francisco's best bars, including Rye and 15 Romolo. The decadent take on eggs Benedict includes scrambled eggs "with anything and everything," Greg says: Canadian bacon, cheese and jalapeños, all covered with hollandaise sauce.  More Hot Sandwiches
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Eggs Benedict with Bacon and Arugula

In her version of eggs Benedict, Tara Lazar swaps in applewood-smoked bacon for the usual Canadian bacon, because she prefers its rich flavor and crisp texture. At Cheeky’s, her restaurant devoted to breakfast and lunch, she serves the eggs on homemade cheddar-chive scones; the English muffins called for here are a tasty time-saver. Slideshow: Great Breakfast Recipes with Eggs
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