Steamed Red Fingerling Potato Eggs Benedict

Well, this is the first recipe that starts off my Eggs Benedict kick. I realize I posted earlier the Portobello Eggs Benedict as one of the first recipes for the “Eggs Benedict Kick” but technically this is the first Eggs Benedict recipe that starts my quest for the perfect recipe. But who is counting? Not ME! I had some red fingerling potatoes on hand and decided to create a mock Hollandaise sauce with sour cream, dill, fresh lime juice and cracker pepper to give the recipe some texture. I really liked how the sauce turned out and the different flavors from the simple ingredients really complimented one another.

Steamed Red Fingerling Potato Eggs Benedict
Created on 09/14/11

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2 Large Red Fingerling Potatoes, scrubbed clean and sliced 1/8” thick
4 eggs (click here to see short tip on how to cook poached eggs)
2 medium tomatoes (you should get eight slices from the two tomatoes)
1 Avocado sliced (you should get four slices of Avocado per half)
½ cup sour cream
1 medium lime
1 tablespoon of fresh or dried dill (add more if you like the flavor of dill)
Salt / Pepper to taste

Place the sour cream in a bowl and squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl. Add the dill and cracked pepper. Mix ingredients well, and set aside.

In a stock pot lined with a steamer, fill with approximately 3” of water. Slice the scrubbed potatoes 1/8” thick and lay in the steamer the sliced potatoes. Turn on burner to high heat to heat up the water so that the potatoes can steam cook. Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender about 10 minutes; cooking time can be less depends on your stove. Season the potatoes lightly with salt.

In a 10” pan, fill up with water till about 1-1/2 inches from the top. Bring to a hard boil and then reduce the heat until the water is just simmering. In the pan with simmering water, add one teaspoon of vinegar. The vinegar will help keep each egg together (congeal) and not spread in the water. Cook the eggs in simmering water for approximately 4 to 5 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel to collect any excess water from the egg. Remember, you can cook the eggs longer to your preference but you will want to have some yolk flavor the dish.

Slice the tomatoes. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Remove the avocado meat from the skin and slice.

To Assemble:
On a plate, place the steamed potatoes in a circular pattern. Lay four slices of avocado on top of potatoes, then four slices of tomato on top of the avocado. Spoon the sour cream mixture on top of the tomato slices and place two poached eggs on top of the sour cream. Season the poached eggs with salt and cracked pepper. Enjoy!

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Portobello Eggs Benedict

I am on an Eggs Benedict kick. I love eggs! I think Eggs Benedict is my favorite. Like the Frittata kick I was on last year and subjected my friends and family as food testers (not that they suffered any); I am now on the best Eggs Benedict recipe search. Inspired by the Potato Patch Restaurant in Deland, Florida, when I visited last summer, I ordered their Eggs Benedict dish and was in Heaven. They used smokey sweet ham for their meat, and their Hollandaise sauce was divine. I have been dreaming up different ways to make my favorite breakfast dish. I used what I had in the house but did not realize I was out of English muffins. Portobello Bella mushrooms I had in the refrigerator and thought why not try the mushrooms instead of English muffins. Not quite the vegetarian dish because of the Canadian bacon but the dish can be if you wanted. Enjoy!

Portobello Eggs Benedict
Created on 09/18/11

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4 Portobello Mushrooms, clean off with a wet paper towel, cut the stem and remove the gills with a spoon – HOW? Lightly scrape the gills with the back of a spoon to remove
4 slices of Canadian bacon (optional – remove if want to go vegetarian)
4 eggs (click here to see short tip on how to cook poached eggs)
1 cup of baby spinach (about a fistful of spinach)
1 medium tomato (you should be able to get 4 slices)
1 Avocado sliced (you should get four slices of Avocado per half)
1 teaspoon of vinegar
Olive oil
Salt / Pepper to taste

Prep:
In a pan with high sides, fill up with water till about 1-1/2 inches from the top. Bring to a hard boil and then reduce the heat until the water is just simmering.

Heat up a grill pan on medium high heat, brush with olive oil and then brush the top and inside of each mushroom with the oil. Put mushroom face down on grill and season with salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 5 to 10 minutes the mushroom will wilt slightly and have water in the cups, flip the mushrooms over and cook the bottom of the mushroom for about a minute or two get rid of the water (mushroom juice). Place the Canadian bacon on the grill and cook for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from the grill.

Turn the mushrooms back over on the grill and lay the Canadian bacon inside the cup of the mushroom. Put about 4 to 5 baby spinach leaves on top of the bacon and let the mushroom, Canadian bacon and baby spinach cook for about a minute or two. Take the mushrooms off the heat and put aside.  

In a pan with simmering water, add one teaspoon of vinegar. The vinegar will help keep each egg together (congeal) and not spread in the water.  Cook the eggs in simmering water for approximately 4 to 5 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel to collect any excess water from the egg. Remember, you can cook the eggs longer to your preference but you will want to have some yolk to flavor the dish.

Slice the tomato. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Remove the avocado meat from the skin and slice.

To Assemble:

Place the (2) grilled Portobello mushroom tops on the plate, add 2 slices of avocado per top, and one slice of tomato and then put the poached egg on top.

Season the eggs with salt and cracked pepper.  Eat and Savour!

Cook Tip: You can add hollandaise sauce on the Eggs Benedict but I wanted to keep the fat content down, so I chose not to add the sauce. FYI – 1 Tablespoon of Hollandaise sauce is 67 calories and 7 grams of fat.

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