Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper

Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper
Ahh, classic Eggs Benedict. A perfect poached egg perched atop a crisp, buttery English muffin. Lemony, creamy Hollandaise sauce smothering the top; a slice of ham or bacon sandwiched somewhere there in the middle.

Wait, what? Cue screeching brake noise. This is a vegetarian blog! Well, good thing! Because today, we’ve got a meatless version of Eggs Benedict that will have you singing the praises of Sunday brunch right along with the meat-eating chorus.

Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper
You can even gloat a little, if you want–because I uphold that this vegetarian Eggs Benedict, with luscious avocado and smoky roasted red peppers in lieu of meat, beats the pants off of the carnivorous version any day of the week.

First, we’ve got the standard English muffin. Toasted, then buttered. I just buy ‘em at the store, but if you’re really feeling ambitious, I’m pretty sure this homemade version would be incredible. Next, we layer on a couple of slices of perfectly ripe, buttery avocado. And then, a nice hunk of roasted red pepper. I make them at home (and here’s how I do it), but a store-bought jar will do you just fine. Hollandaise sauce made with a blender–so much easier!

And, of course, a perfectly poached egg.

In our kitchen, I cook 95% of the time, because I love it. But poached eggs are my guy’s domain; he’s got ‘em mastered.¬†People have all kinds of tips and tricks to achieving the perfect poached egg. Here are his.

How we poach our eggs

Fill a shallow (about 3-inch) saucepan about 3/4 of the way with water. Add a generous pinch of salt and a splash (about a tablespoon) of white vinegar. Bring to a boil.

Crack up to four eggs into individual bowls or teacups. Note: Sometimes he doubles up and adds two eggs per teacup. Other times, when, say, he’s under pressure to create two perfect-looking poached eggs for an Eggs Benedict blog story, he’ll go ahead and use one cup or bowl per egg.

Poaching Eggs
When the water has come to a boil, gently lower the teacups into the water, allowing the water to first creep a bit into the cup before gently but quickly pouring the egg completely into the water. Repeat as quickly as possible with remaining eggs.

Set the timer for exactly three minutes; wait and watch. At first, the whites and the yolks may seem like they’re all over the place, but hold tight. Soon enough, the whites will begin to wrap back around their yolks. If the water threatens to boil over, reduce the heat a bit. And if some white, foamy stuff appears on the top of the water, gently skim it off with a spoon.

As soon as the timer goes off, gently scoop the eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and serve. That’s it!

Okay! Now that you’ve poached your eggs, it’s time to get crackin’ (ahem) on this here meatless Eggs Benedict.

Happy brunching!

Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 muffins/eggs

Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper

Smoky roasted red peppers and buttery avocado stand in for the meat in this splurge-worthy vegetarian Eggs Benedict recipe.

Ingredients

    For the Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • For the Eggs Benedict:
  • 4 English muffins, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • 1 small jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar, divided
  • 8 eggs

Instructions

    To Make the Hollandaise Sauce:
  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Warm just until sizzling. Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne (if using) to a blender. Blend at medium speed for about 1 minute, until well-blended and yolks are pale. With the blender running on medium, very slowly and carefully stream the butter into the egg yolk mixture. The yolks will cook thanks to the heat of the butter, and the sauce will form. It will be pale yellow and fairly runny. Pour into a bowl and keep in a warm place until ready to serve. I usually set mine over a bowl of warm water.
  2. To Make the Eggs Benedict:
  3. Toast the English muffins and butter them. Lay two toasted English muffins each, buttered side up, onto four serving plates. Layer avocado, then roasted red peppers, over the top.
  4. Now, poach the eggs. Fill a shallow (about 3-inch) saucepan about 3/4 of the way full with water and set it over high heat. Stir in a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, crack four of the eggs into individual bowls or teacups. Gently lower the teacups into the water, allowing the water to creep a bit into the cup before pouring the egg completely into the water. Repeat as quickly as possible with remaining three eggs. Cook for 3 minutes exactly. (Set a timer!) Be sure not to let the water boil over and if any white foam appears, gently skim it off with a spoon. Once the 3 minutes is up, scoop the poached eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and set one egg on top of each muffin. To poach the remaining four eggs, discard water and start with fresh water, salt, and the remaining tablespoon of vinegar.
  5. Once the Eggs Benedict are assembled, drizzle Hollandaise sauce over each and, if desired, sprinkle with additional cayenne or garnish with a basil leaf or chopped chives. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve been poaching eggs the hard way this entire time. I would swirl the water around to create a treacherous whril pool and dump. It made a mess. Tell your guy this is genius! I love the big hunk of red pepper.

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      He’s tried the whirlpool method, too! All we ended up with was watery egg drop soup. ;) I will pass on the compliments, thanks!

  2. says

    I’ve never actually tried eggs benedict or hollandaise sauce!! And I’ve never poached an egg! The flavors in this recipe look incredible. Nothing is better than avocado and egg paired together.

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      Thanks! I agree … although avocado makes *anything* good. Well, except smoothies … I keep trying to go there, but it just doesn’t work for me! :)

  3. says

    Delicious! I love eggs benedict and have never tried your perfect poached egg method. I always end up with egg whites spreading out in a vat of water and have to take the trial and error approach until I get it right. So excited to try your technique and mow on some delicious EB. Gimme that avocado!! YUM! :D

  4. says

    Eggs benedict is hands down the best breakfast in the world!!! I always order it when we’re out to eat! I love the idea of the avocado AND pepper. Yum. A great way to get in an am serving of veggies!

  5. says

    I love your method for poaching eggs! Seems easy enough! I order a veggie eggs Benedict at a local place and it is my favorite!! This looks delicious!

  6. says

    I often cry a little inside when I can’t order eggs benedict at restaurants. Not that I crave/want ham or bacon…but I miss my hollandaise! I love that this also has some veggies in it. Lessens the hollandaise sauce guilt.

  7. Margaret says

    Instead of messing with keeping the water simmering but not too hot, try just putting the eggs in, TURN OFF the heat, cover, and let sit. I usually do four minutes and have nice runny yolks. Vinegar and salt are key, though I usually put in a teaspoon of salt (since the eggs don’t really absorb the salt but are still covered with a little of the salty water for flavor). I wish I can remember who to give credit to for this. Mark Bittman, maybe?

  8. Wanita says

    This is exactly how I poach eggs :-) except that my cups aren’t the same color as yours! It’s good to know someone else knows how to poach eggs

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