Eggs Benedict

The ideal formula for eggs Benedict is two halves of an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. And the sauce is key. It should be creamy, a little tangy and never broken (a hollandaise sin). Obviously, this isn't the ideal meal for people watching their waistlines, but it does serve as an ultra-comforting option for a relaxing weekend brunch. Food & Wine's guide to eggs Benedict has the classic recipe, but it also offers creative upgrades like a lobster version and a smart take on a Reuben. You can also find wine pairings and new techniques for making hollandaise sauce.

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Lobster Eggs Benedict

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"These were a staple of my Sunday brunch when I was a line cook at the Admiral Risty restaurant in Rancho Palos Verdes, in Southern California," says Greg Lindgren, who now co-owns some of San Francisco's best bars, including Rye and 15 Romolo. The decadent take on eggs Benedict includes scrambled eggs "with anything and everything," Greg says: Canadian bacon, cheese and jalapeños, all covered with hollandaise sauce.  More Hot Sandwiches
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Eggs Benedict with Bacon and Arugula

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