Do not be afraid. Really, you can do this because I’m going to give you the two most spectacular tips ever for producing restaurant-quality Eggs Benedict without breaking a sweat.

As you all know, or I think you do, Eggs Benedict are poached eggs on top of English muffins with Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. I must confess, I am not a fan of Canadian bacon so I use good, old American bacon.

So the first big fear factor in making Eggs Benedict is making the hollandaise sauce. Please, please do not get those processed packets of hollandaise powder. Making the real thing is really as simple and the results are so much better. You can use a food processor for this but I prefer a blender. All you need to do is blend up some egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper and slowly add hot melted butter. That’s it! Here’s the recipe:

Blender Hollandaise

3 egg yolks at room temperature

3 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ teaspoon salt

Pinch cayenne pepper

½ cup butter, melted and hot

Blend together the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper in a blender. With the blender still running, slowly stream in the hot, melted butter.

Hollandaise is a sturdier sauce that you might imagine. You can leave it sitting in the blender until everything else is done. You can also refrigerate the leftovers and just gently reheat it at 10-second bursts in the microwave to enjoy the next day. If you are scared of raw egg yolks, well I can’t help you there. You’ll just have to move on to something that’s not nearly as delicious as real Hollandaise sauce.

The second tip, and it is absolutely brilliant, comes from Bon Appetit. It is instructions how to perfectly poach eggs in the microwave. All you do is add an egg to a half a cup of water in a bowl. Put a saucer on top and microwave for one minute or until the white is set but the yolk is still runny. I tried this in both a coffee cup and a soup bowl and the soup bowl worked better because it was easier to get the egg out. I poached four eggs in a matter of minutes and they came out perfectly. I will never poach eggs any other way from now on because this was so simple and foolproof.


  1. Casey
    June 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Mmm this is making my mouth water! If only i woke up on time for breakfast haha

    June 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I’m a fairly good ol’ cook but my Hollandaise never came out perfect so I gave up. Will try again — or better still, get my daughter Dee to try..;0)—
    I agree about the bacon. Love your blog,thank you! Elva

  3. October 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    […] So, there is nothing in the world to cure a bad case of depression like Eggs Benedict, which I make him this morning now that he has gotten his appetite back. If you are afraid of making hollandaise and resort to that little packet in the grocery store, please reconsider. It takes five minutes and it never fails. Here’s the recipe. […]

  4. Jan
    October 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Is this recipe similar to mayonnaise? BTW: Do you have a good recipe for grandma’s mayonnaise? I’m moving back to Colorado and believe me, there’s no Duke’s in Colorado. Sometimes it’s hard to find Hellman’s. Love your blog. I found it looking up a sausage recipe and now I’m one of your fans.

    • the south in my mouth
      the south in my mouthReply
      October 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Totally similar to mayonnaise. Both are emulsions and you can make mayo in the blender in five minutes also. I don’t have a particular mayonnaise recipe because I can always get my Dukes! Thanks for reading.

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