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RECIPE: Eggs Benedict & Eggs Benedict History

April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day.

Credit for this recipe is given to Chef Charles Ranhofer of Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City—which also happened to be the first restaurant opened in the U.S., starting with a small pastry café in 1827 and expanding into a restaurant two years later.

At that time there were no public dining rooms or restaurants. Men could stop into a tavern for a beverage and what amounted to “bar food.”

People ate all their meals at home or, if traveling, at the inn or hotel. Otherwise, hungry people got food from street vendors.

In the 1860s, a regular patron of Delmonico’s, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, arrived for lunch and found nothing appealing on the menu.

She discussed her tastes with the chef, who created on the spot what would become an iconic recipe.

In his cookbook, The Epicurean, published in 1894, he called the recipe called Eggs à la Benedick, inadvertently misspelling her name.

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Photo of Portabella Eggs Benedict courtesy
of the Mushroom Council.

The recipe is relatively easy: toasted English muffins topped with a round of cooked ham “an eighth of an inch thick and of the same diameter as the muffins one each half.” A poached egg is placed atop each muffin half, and the whole is covered with Hollandaise sauce.
 
 
VARIATIONS: MORE EGGS BENEDICT RECIPES

Here’s an updated version of the Eggs Benedict recipe, substituting a portabella mushroom for the English muffin.

Here are substitutes for the English muffins, ham/bacon and hollandaise:

  • American Casual: Burger Eggs Benedict.
  • Comfort food: Grilled Cheese Eggs Benedict.
  • Custom Eggs Benedict: Mix & Match Your Favorite Ingredients.
  • Down-Home: Corned Beef Hash Eggs Benedict.
  • Down Home 2: Corned Beef Hash Patties.
  • Format: Eggs Benedict Casserole.
  • From A Sandwich Favorite: BLT & BLAT Eggs Benedict.
  • Fusion Food: Grilled Cheese Eggs Benedict.
  • Luxury: Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict (lobster and filet mignon).
  • No Carbs: Portabella Eggs Benedict.
  • Reinvented Eggs Benedict.
  • Scandinavian: Icelandic Eggs Benedict, with smoked salmon and skyr.
  • Steak Lovers: Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict.
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    Plus A Related Recipe:

  • Potato & Crab Hash With Poached Eggs.
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    Here are updated versions of the Eggs Benedict recipe, but don’t forget Classic Eggs Benedict.

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