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Eggs Benedict with Asparagus
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Eggs Benedict with Asparagus

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By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Easy and Healthy Summer Meals 2009

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 12 minutes
  • Portion size 8


  • 1 1bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 8 8slices smoked salmon, (optional)
  • 8 8slices whole-grain bread, toasted

Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupunsalted butter
  • 3 3egg yolkegg yolks
  • 4 tsp 4tspcold water
  • 2 tsp 2tsplemon juice
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1 pinch 1pinchwhite pepper

Poached Eggs:

  • 8 8eggeggs
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspwhite vinegar
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In large pot of boiling salted water, blanch asparagus until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl of ice water; drain and pat dry.

Hollandaise Sauce:
Remove 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the butter; cut into cubes and refrigerate.

In saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat; skim off foam. Keep warm over low heat.

In heatproof bowl, whisk egg yolks with cold water until light. Place over saucepan of barely simmering water; whisk until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Whisk in butter cubes. Slowly whisk in melted butter. Whisk in lemon juice, salt and pepper. If too thick, whisk in a few more drops of water. Keep warm over pan of hot water (off heat).

Poached Eggs:
In large saucepan or deep skillet, heat 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) water over medium heat until simmering. Add vinegar. One at a time, crack eggs into custard cup or small bowl; gently slide into simmering water. Reduce heat to low; cook until whites are set and yolks are still soft, about 3 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined tray; keep warm.

Place asparagus and smoked salmon (if using) on each slice of toast; top with egg and about 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the hollandaise sauce.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 354 pro 13g total fat 24g sat. fat 12g
carb 23g fibre 3g chol 303mg sodium 233mg

% RDI:

calcium 5 iron 17 vit A 28 vit C 5
folate 49
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