With luscious poached eggs perched on a bed of creamy avocado, savory ham, and crusty English Muffins before being blanketed in a silky smooth hollandaise sauce, these Eggs Benedict are the perfect idea for a lazy Sunday brunch.

The best Eggs Benedict recipe, with ham, avocado and a poached egg blanketed with a silky smooth Hollandaise sauce. The perfect idea for a brunch party.

Maybe it’s my Asian DNA, but I like my breakfasts savory, rather than sweet. Eating a syrup-drenched pancake for my first meal just doesn’t have the same appeal as a plate of bacon and eggs, or a proper English fry up. But even amongst the plethora of savory Western breakfast choices, Eggs Benedict is my very favorite.

When prepared properly, each dreamy bite is like noshing on a small mouthful of heaven. From the moment you sink a fork into the poached egg, and the pastel hues give way to the luscious orange yolk, to the final swipe of crusty English muffin through a pool of hollandaise, Eggs Benedict provides a parade of colors, flavors, textures and tastes that are a literal feast for your senses. Before you know it, you’re staring down at an empty white plate with a few golden streaks of yolk, punctuated by a scattering of crumbs.

Although it’s not difficult to make, pulling off the perfect Eggs Benedict requires does require some precision and attention to detail, which why I’m splitting this post up so I can give each piece it’s due explanation.

Making the best Eggs Benedict is easy with this step-by-step recipe.

First head over to PBS Food and check out my tutorial on poaching the perfect egg. Next comes the Hollandaise sauce, which is often the most daunting component. Luckily, I have a Hollandaise sauce recipe that updates the classic method with modern tools and ingredients to make it easy and fool-proof.

After conquering the poached egg and the hollandaise sauce, the rest may seem like a piece of cake, but each component requires the same care and attention. The English Muffin should be separated with the tines of a fork rather than sliced with a knife. This forms a craggy surface that allows the muffin to take color and crisp at its peaks while remaining soft and chewy in the valleys.

For the protein, I like to use a thick cut ham, which I gently reheated for a few seconds in the water used to poach the eggs in. This not only avoids dirtying another pan, but it also keeps the ham tender and moist. Finally, I like to add a layer of avocado in my Eggs Benedict, which creates a beautiful contrast of color while complimenting the creamy yolk and hollandaise sauce.

The best Eggs Bendict recipe ever with ham, avocado a poached egg and Hollandaise. The perfect idea for a brunch party.

The most important part of making Eggs Benedict is the timing. In an ideal world, all the components should be done right around the same time. I usually put a pot of water on while I get all of the components prepped (bread toasted, avocado sliced, hollandaise ingredients ready, etc.). Then, as soon as I lower the eggs into the water, I make the hollandaise sauce. The eggs should be done around the same time as the sauce. The only piece left is the heat the ham, which can be done as you assemble. If you’re a newbie, you can make the hollandaise sauce first and then keep it warm in a bowl set over a pan of warm water.

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Summary

  • CourseBrunch
  • CuisineAmerican
  • Yield2 people
  • Cooking Time10 minutes
  • Preperation Time10 minutes
  • Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients

1 batch
perfect Hollandaise sauce
2
English muffins
4 slices
thick-cut ham
4
large eggs
1
avocado sliced thin
chives for garnish

Steps

  1. Make a batch of Perfect Hollandaise Sauce.
  2. Poke the tines of a fork into the sides of the English muffins, working your way all the way around the muffin to split them in half. Toast until lightly browned.
  3. Heat the ham by briefly dipping it in the hot water you used to poach your eggs.
  4. The next component of Eggs Benedict is a thick-cut slice of ham.
    To assemble your Eggs Benedict, top a slice of toasted English muffin with a slice of warmed ham.
  5. Avocado is optional, but will make your Eggs Benedict richer and more colorful.

    Fan out some avocado on top of the ham. 

  6. A soft poached egg is a must for a perfect Eggs Benedict.
    Top with a poached egg.
  7. A blanket of Hollandaise sauce finishes off our Eggs Benedict.
    Finish your Eggs Benedict with a generous blanket of Hollandaise sauce. Garnish with chives and serve immediately.