Eggs bring you a kind of comfort that is indescribable, it’s existence is familiar but the variations it presents are no less than exotic. For example, just look at Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine; they are no less than a fancy breakfast or brunch order, but they come from such humble origination. It is true what they say, Eggs are ‘eggcellent’!
So there is no need to battle out if Florentine is better or Benedict, since both are so different and unique. Just remember, anything with the name “Florentine” in it means one thing: it has spinach.
1. Make your hollandaise sauce.
2. Poach the eggs.
3. Cook the spinach till wilted.
4. Toast the english muffin.
5. Assemble your eggs florentine by placing the spinach on the top of a half english muffin. Then layer one poached egg on top of the spinach. Finally, cover the top with homemade Hollandaise sauce.
Salt and pepper
How to make Hollandaise sauce:
1. Melt butter in a small sauce pan.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks. Add in the lime juice, heavy cream, and salt and pepper.
3. Next, temper the eggs by adding a small amount of the melted butter to the egg mixture. Stir it well and repeat this process, slowly adding one spoonful of melted butter to the egg mixture. We do this to avoid curdling the eggs.
4. Finally, add the whole mixture back to the saucepan and cook it for a few more seconds.
How to poach an egg:
1. Fill the pot with about 3 inches of water. Heat the water until it starts to steam and bubble (just before boiling point).
2. Add a splash of vinegar to the water (this helps the egg stay together once it is in the water).
3. Crack egg. Crack one egg in a small dish (I like to use a small measuring cup).
4. Next, create a gentle whirlpool in the water by taking a large spoon and circling it around in the water. Poor your egg into the center of the swirl.
5. While it’s cooking, make sure to watch the water temperature. You never want the water to boil, so if it gets too hot, you may need to turn down the heat. It should stay just below boing point. How long you cook your poached egg depends on personal preference.
6. Remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon
Traditional Benedict lovers will use thick-cut ham or bacon slices instead of the creamed spinach beloved by the Florentine fans
This recipe is by Jasper Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Wendy’s India, Jamie’s Pizzeria India, and Jamie’s Italian India. Watch him take you through the recipe step by step exclusively on GOODTiMES.