31 March 2012

Smoked Salmon Eggs Florentine & Healthy Hollandaise

Last night we went to a housewarming party where, apparently, a bottle of wine was the price of admission.  Needless to say, this morning was a bit rough.  And the best way to overcome a rough evening is with a hearty breakfast.  No cereal, no fruit cup, no yogurt...you need something much more caloric and hearty.  And this delicious Salmon Florentine is the perfect meal for such an occasion.

Eggs Benedict is my hubs all-time favorite breakfast.  As soon as he sees this dish on a breakfast menu, his eyes light up and he sets down the menu.  It doesn't matter if we're at a classy resort, corner diner or dive bar - the man is devoted his benedict.  So when he specifically requested I make this for breakfast rather than going out, I was flattered and surprised.  Apparently mine "is rockin'."  Yessss!  Proud moment for me in the kitchen.

Eggs Benedict in the Craig house is always served with fresh tomato and spinach in addition to the ham...kind of a florentine/benedict hybrid of sorts.  We decided to step it up a notch today and swap our ham for smoked salmon...and I don't know if I'll ever go back.  Ham is fine, but it's no salty and smokey Alaskan delicacy   We also like to swap our the traditional hollandaise for this healthier version.  I was a bit skeptical of the recipe the first time I tried it, but it's now our staple version of this buttery sauce.  Even with the extra teaspoon of butter that I add to their recipe, you have way less than the full cup in the traditional recipe.

Ahhhh....the beauty that is a poached egg.  Just try and tell me that doesn't make you hungry.  Add a side of extra crispy paprika hash browns and voila, an amazing, show-stopper breakfast that is way easier than it tastes.

*Update 6/23/13 - I just made this for breakfast with arugula instead of spinach, and wow!  The peppery greens were absolutely perfect with the lemony hollandaise and salty salmon.  I will absolutely make this with arugula going forward, so give that a try if you find it.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Tomato & Healthy Hollandaise (2 servings)
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 thick slices tomato
  • 1/4 c arugula or spinach
  • 2 whole wheat English muffins
  • 1/4 c white vinegar
  • Eating Well Hollandaise Sauce (make this while your water is boiling)
  • 2 tbs green onions, sliced 
Preheat your broiler to high.  Open your English muffins and place them face-up on a baking sheet.  Set aside.

Fill a large, shallow pot or deep frying pan in about 2 inches of water and add the white vinegar.  Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high.  Individually crack each egg into a small, shallow bowl or ramekin.  Holding the edge of the ramekin, slowly submerge the dish into the boiling water and gently tip the egg into the hot water.  You should see the edges start to turn white right away.  If your pan is big enough, you can do all 4 at once.  Let the eggs cook for about 2 minutes, then gently flip underwater with a slotted cooking spoon. Cook for 1-2 more minutes, until the white is set but the yolk is still soft when poked with a spoon.  Remove and place on a paper towel to absorb extra liquid.

While your eggs are poaching, place your English muffins under the broiler, toasting to desired crispiness.  (We tend to do 2 minutes per side plus an additional 30 seconds on the side that's facing up).  Divide toasted muffins between two plates.  Top each half with a slice of tomato and 1 ounce of smoked salmon.  

This is my favorite part!  Pick up your eggs by sliding one hand under the paper towel and placing your other hand to the side of your egg.  Then gently tip the egg into your hand and place on top of the smoked salmon.  (Sure, you could use your spoon if you're not a hands-on type.)  Top with hollandaise and green onions, and don't forget to bring a knife!  Smoked salmon...eggs....hollandaise.....yum.


  1. This is the best breakfast ever! Thanks for fixing it for me when I visited you! Love Mom