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?
Where did eggs Benedict originate?
The Unites 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 1860’s. 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.
With inevitable culinary modernization, the classic Benny has been modified and upgraded over the years. One thing, however, has remained a constant: its deliciousness. We’ve rounded up seven variations of the classic recipe below.
1. Classic Eggs Benedict
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.
2. Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
3. Deviled Eggs Benedict
What’s more fun than a deconstructed take on something tried and true? And who doesn’t love a hard-boiled egg? They may be deviled, but these taste heavenly. Get the recipe.
5. Eggs Benedict with Bacon, Avodaise (Avocado Hollandaise), and Harissa
6. Eggs Benedict Quiche
7. Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bake