April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day! There are plenty of silly holidays out there, any excuse to celebrate! But, we are pretty sure this one takes the cake — or English muffin!
As legend has it… some guy by the name of Benedict, a fancy wall street broker staying in the Waldorf Hotel, woke up one morning with a sizable hangover, with a craving for greasy comfort food. Mr. Benedict, fuzzy headed and not feeling 100%, carried himself down to the hotel’s breakfast buffet where he proceeded to order up some buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a side of hollandaise…
The maître d’ thought this combo sounded pretty tasty and would be a perfect addition to the Sunday brunch menu. Eggs Benedict was immediately added to the Waldorf breakfast and luncheon menus, but not before the ham was substituted for bacon and an English muffin replaced the toast.
Since the 1900’s, there has been a variety of ways Eggs Benedict has been created — here are a few from Wikipedia worth sharing!
- Veggie Benedict, also known as California Benedict, replaces the bacon with avocado and tomato.
- Irish Benedict replaces the ham with corned beef hash or Irish bacon.
- Pennsylvania-Dutch Benedict replaces the ham or bacon with scrapple. Popular in the eastern region of Pennsylvania.
- Eggs Benedict Arnold replaces the English muffin with a biscuit and the hollandaise with country gravy, and also cooks the poached egg longer, so that the yolk is fully cooked.
- Eggs Pope Benedict substitutes German pumpernickel bread for the muffin and German bratwurst sausage for the bacon. It was created when Benedict XVI became pope in 2005.
- Goose Benedict was invented by James Delingpole. It consists of goose fat spread on an English muffin, with a fried goose foie gras stuffed with black truffle and black pudding, topped with a gull’s egg Hollandaise sauce.
- Huevos Benedict replaces the English muffin with a twice-folded warm corn tortilla, and the ham with avocado. Also, salsa roja and cilantro are added on top of the hollandaise sauce.
- Eggs Frederick substitutes tomato ketchup for hollandaise sauce.
- No Eggs Benedict! Click here for a vegan version of the famous recipe!
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