If you’re a brunch enthusiast with eggs on the brain, chances are likely you’ve ordered quite a few eggs Benedict in your day. But who knew your favorite breakfast indulgence had such an interesting (and surprising!) history?
What is eggs Benedict?
Where did eggs Benedict originate?
The United States, though its history is quite complicated. In fact, there are two commonly accepted origins of eggs Benedict that may have happened simultaneously. The first credit is given to Delmonico’s, the country’s first restaurant, in the 1860s. It is said that a frequent patron by the name of Mrs. LeGrand Benedict couldn’t find anything to order off the menu and asked the chef, Charles Ranhofer, to create something new. The result: Eggs a’ la Benedick, which was published in his cookbook “The Epicurean” in 1894.
The second credit is given to Lamuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker who ordered “buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce” to cure a hangover at the Waldorf Hotel. The hotel’s chef, Oscar Tschirky, was apparently so impressed with the ingredient combo that he subbed the bacon for Canadian ham and the toast for English muffins to create an Eggs à la Benedict for his menu.
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With inevitable culinary modernization, the classic Benny has been modified and upgraded over the years. One thing, however, has remained a constant: its deliciousness.
Eggs Benedict Recipes
We’ve rounded up seven variations of the classic recipe below.
There’s no messing this one up. And if you do, run the dishwasher and head to your local diner as an alternative. Get our Classic Eggs Benedict recipe.
Smoked salmon makes an unsuspecting, albeit welcomed debut in this version of the timeless classic. Sprinkle with dill to kick things up a notch. Get our Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe.
Bring on the avocado! Who can resist your favorite green in creamy dressing form? Not us. Get the Eggs Benedict with Bacon, Avodaise (Avocado Hollandaise), and Harissa recipe.
Impress your breakfast guests with this French-inspired savory tart. C’est délicieux! Get the Eggs Benedict Quiche recipe.
Want to dig right in with minimal mess? Always opt for a bake. It also helps with portion control, but that probably isn’t a concern with this rich dish. Get the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bake recipe.
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