Daniel is not a morning person. Honestly, I’m not sure he speaks before noon. So it’s not surprising that even though we’ve had thousands of meals together, we’ve only gone out to breakfast a handful of times. But whenever we sit down at a breakfast spot, he opens the menu, quickly scans it, and I see the relief on his face when he spots the eggs benedict. It’s his favorite breakfast food, and since he has it so rarely, it’s always a treat.
When I experimented with my own take on eggs benedict a few weekends ago, Daniel was in heaven. He ate every one of my failed attempts at an easy hollandaise sauce, and hovered over the finished product while I photographed it. And I can see why. Eggs benedict is so rich, filling, and delicious–and this one is a little bit lighter and more wholesome since I slashed the calories in the hollandaise and added a superfood like broccoli rabe.
On top of serving as nutritional powerhouse, the broccoli rabe adds the right punch of bold flavor to complement smoky bacon and balance the richness of creamy hollandaise sauce. And to make that hollandaise lighter and easier–with a lemony, garlicky finish–all you need is a blender. Enjoy!
Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce and Broccoli Rabe
Makes: 4 Servings
Calories per serving: 401
Fat per serving: 23g
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ garlic clove
½ teaspoon paprika
Pinch of salt
Generous pinch of fresh ground black pepper
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
½ bunch broccoli rabe, tough ends trimmed
4 slices bacon, chopped into ½-inch pieces (¼ of a pound)
Small handful fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
4 English muffins
8 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
In a blender, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Pulse until smooth. Place the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and cover the bowl with a damp paper towel to prevent the butter from splattering. Microwave on high until completely melted and beginning to bubble, 1 minute. With the blender running on its lowest speed, slowly add the hot melted butter, processing until smooth. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Pour into a serving dish and whisk well before serving.
Blanch the broccoli rabe: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until bright green and just tender, 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the broccoli rabe from the water and place in a colander. Cover the pot of water and reduce the heat to medium-low to keep at a gentle simmer so that you can poach the eggs before serving.
Make the bacon: In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the bacon pieces in a single layer and cook until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and drain all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon drippings from the skillet. Add the blanched broccoli rabe, tossing the pieces in the bacon drippings, and cook until the broccoli rabe begins to lightly brown and is fully tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and return the bacon to the skillet. Stir in the basil.
Split the English muffins in half and toast them.
Poach the eggs: Remove the lid from the pot of water and adjust the heat so that the water is only gently bubbling. Add the vinegar. Crack one egg into a small bowl, lower the bowl in the pot so that it’s close to the water, and carefully let the egg slip into the water. Cook until the egg white is fully opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the egg from the water and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
Assemble: Place 2 English muffin halves on each of 4 plates (allowing for 1 full muffin per person). Divide the bacon and broccoli rabe among the muffins and top with a poached egg. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the hollandaise sauce over the top of each muffin. *Note that you will have slightly more Hollandaise than you need. Cover and store the remainder in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information & Notes:
Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1 english muffin with broccoli rabe and bacon, 2 poached eggs, and 2 tablespoons Hollandaise): Calories 401, Total Fat 23g, Sat Fat 5g, Carb 27g, Fiber 8g, Sugars 2g, Protein 23g
Nutrition Information for 1 Tablespoon Hollandaise Sauce:
Calories 97, Total Fat 10g, Sat Fat 1g, Carb 1g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 1g