Looking for a special breakfast? You can’t beat good ol’ eggs benny, and it’s easier and cheaper than you might think. Top it with a fool-proof Hollandaise sauce.
While eggs benny might not be the most frugal breakfast you’ll ever eat, it’s not too expensive for special occasions when you make it at home. And it’s easier than you might think.
In fact, if you follow the one golden rule for poaching eggs and use the stick blender method of making Hollandaise, you can have Eggs Benedict on the table in around 15-20 minutes. Not an everyday breakfast, sure. But for a special brunch, this is a very doable dish.
The cost per serve comes in at $2.46 (see costings below), or $9.83 for four serves. Our local coffee club sells Eggs Benedict for $19.90 a serving. That’s a whopping saving of $17.44 per person.
Pair it with some homemade coffee, and you’ve got a lux breakie for a fraction of the cost of eating out.
Ingredients and Costs
There are many variations for Eggs Benedict, but it’s fundamentally eggs on toast with hollandaise sauce. I’ve rounded this recipe out with bacon and baby spinach, also pretty traditional.
The total cost will depend on your ingredients and where you shop. Here is the cost breakdown for my eggs benny, using home brand ingredients:
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All costs in Australian dollars, August 2022.
How to Poach the Perfect Egg
There are many ‘hacks’ for poaching eggs, but there’s really only one single ‘rule’ you need to know for perfect poached eggs every time: make sure the eggs are as fresh as possible.
That’s it. You don’t need to swirl the water or add vinegar or any of those tips people suggest. If your eggs are fresh, they will poach perfectly.
You can even cook a bunch of them at a time in a frying pan, which means you get breakfast on the table faster.
Simply crack your egg into simmering water, cover with a lid, and cook until your desired doneness – around 3-4 minutes for a runny yolk.
If you’re worried about breaking the yolk, crack the egg into a cup and slide it into the water.
Quick Hollandaise Sauce for the Perfect Eggs Benny
The main ingredient of eggs benedict is the creamy Hollandaise sauce. This is notorious for being difficult, but there’s a super quick and foolproof way of getting it perfect every time, and that’s to make it using a stick blender.
Get the recipe: Quick Hollandaise Sauce Using a Stick Blender
While not technically eggs benny, if you want a lighter version, you can switch the Hollandaise with a good tomato relish.
- 200ml Hollandaise sauce (1 batch of easy stick blender Hollandaise)
- 4 slices bread of your choice
- 4 slices of shortcut bacon or bacon of your choice
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup baby spinach
- Make hollandaise sauce according to the recipe and set aside.
- Fry bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until done to your liking. Set aside and keep warm.
- Wipe out the pan, fill with water (about 3/4 full) and bring to a simmer. Slide cracked eggs into the simmering water, put a lid on and cook for 3-4 minutes or until done to your liking.
- Meanwhile, toast the bread if desired.
- Top the toasted bread with fresh baby spinach, bacon, poached egg and a drizzle of Hollandaise sauce.
- Serve straight away.
Instead of bacon, serve with fried mushrooms, fried tomato, or smoked salmon for something extra special.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 422mgSodium: 1299mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g
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You can recreate the Coffee Club breakfast menu at home for a fraction of the cost of eating out, which means you don’t have to miss out on a special occasion luxe breakie.