Eggs Benedict with Bacon
Why we love it:
- 1 pound Bacon
- 8 Eggs (or how many you want to serve)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon Kosher Salt (or more, to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon Black Pepper (or more, to taste)
- 4 English Muffins
- Mixed Fruit
- 11⁄2 cups Unsalted Butter (2 ½ sticks)
- 2 Egg Yolks
- 1 Lemon (2 Tablespoons juice)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 pinch White Pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 425 DEGREES
Arrange bacon in one layer on a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Roast for about 14 - 18 minutes, more or less depending on how thick your bacon is and how well done you prefer it to be. Remove pan and lift bacon strips onto a paper towel to blot off excess grease, if desired.
When done, turn oven down to 350 degrees F.
While bacon is cooking, prep eggs. Add 1 Tablespoon water into each cup you’ll be using of a 12-cup muffin tin (ie. 8 eggs? Only fill 8 cups). Crack an egg into each and add a pinch of salt and pepper if desired. Place carefully in the oven and bake until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to the desired runniness, 10 to 15 minutes. They will look falsely wet because of the water, so be sure to check the whites and yolk specifically, not the overall look of each cup.
Carefully and gently, tilt the muffin tin over the sink to let a little water drain out. Run a butter knife around each egg until it pops out.
4. ENGLISH MUFFINS
Slice and make a salad.
Melt the butter on the stove or in the microwave until completely hot and just shy of boiling. Warm the blender bowl by filling it with hot water for 30 seconds, then empty it and dry it off. To the blender bowl, add the egg yolks, lemon juice, cayenne, salt, white pepper and dry mustard and blend at medium speed. With the blender running, SLOWLY drizzle in the hot melted butter - make the first few teaspoons especially slow, literal drops at a time, then go to a slow stream. As you add butter it will emulsify and look creamy and pale. Turn off when done.
Serve a whole english muffin (2 halves) per plate. Top with bacon strips, an egg each, and generously coat with hollandaise. Serve with fruit.