Spinach Eggs Benedict

Spinach Eggs Benedict
Serves 4
A fresh take on eggs benedict.
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Hollandaise sauce
  1. 2 T butter
  2. 2/3 cup buttermilk, divided
  3. 2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk, beaten- reserve egg white
  6. 1 T fresh lemon juice
  7. pinch of cayenne
  8. 6 eggs plus the reserved egg white
  9. 2 T. 1/2 and 1/2
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. paprika for garnish
  12. 4 whole wheat english muffin halves
  13. 8 tomato slices
  14. 4 cups spinach,wilted
  15. fresh chives for garnish
  1. In a small glass bowl, melt the butter in the microwave, set aside.
  2. Whisk 1/3 cup of the buttermilk along with the cornstarch and salt until smooth. Whisk in the egg and remaining buttermilk.
  3. Add this mixture to a small saucepan and cook over medium low heat, whisking constantly until it comes to a simmer. Cook for an additional 30 seconds and remove from heat. Whisk in the lemon juice, melted butter and cayenne pepper until well incorporated. Cover to keep warm.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1/2 & 1/2 and salt and pepper, scramble over medium heat until just set and cover with a plate to keep warm.
  5. Toast the muffin halves and top each half with tomato slices, the spinach and the eggs. Evenly spoon the hollandaise sauce over each muffin half and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and chives.
Healthy changes and substitutions
  1. This reduced fat version of hollandaise turns this dish into a healthy option , typical hollandaise recipes contain up to 12 T of butter as well as 3 egg yolks. This recipe uses buttermilk and cornstarch instead to thicken and create a creamy texture.
  2. Instead of ham, this version uses spinach and tomatoes for a vegetarian option, eliminating any red meat and boosting the nutrition with vegetables.
  3. This recipe uses whole wheat english muffins to boost the fiber content.
  4. Instead of 2 poached eggs per serving, we used scrambled eggs. This change allowed us to use 2 fewer eggs.
Cooking Tips
  1. It is very important to undercook the eggs a bit when you are prepping this dish so that they are not too firm and tough when you are ready to serve them.
  2. Constant whisking and low heat is crucial to achieving a smooth, creamy sauce in this recipe.
  3. You can easily wilt spinach by placing it in a glass bowl with a few drops of water, covering tightly and microwaving for a few short bursts until it is wilted but still bright green, about 30 seconds.
Nutritional Facts
  1. Spinach contains twice as much fiber as other greens so it’s a great choice to help you feel and stay full.
  2. Spinach is a great source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which has been shown to help with disease fighting in the body.
  3. Spinach contains about 170 mgs of potassium per 1 cup serving as well as vitamin C and lutein, a phytochemical which helps prevent macular degeneration.
Robin Shea http://www.robinshea.com/
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