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Happy hollandaise! It's National Eggs Benedict Day

April 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM ET

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Brunch enthusiasts know they can always rely on Eggs Benedict  --  together with a jog of coffee -- to get them over that weekend morning hump.

Want to make your own? Try this recipe for Eggs Benedict with Red Chile Hollandaise and Hass Avocado Country Ham

 

Need a little change?  You can spice up your brunch order without abandoning your go-to.  It turns out that there are many different versions of the brunch staple.  According to the ever-trusty Wikipedia, variations include:

  • Eggs Blackstone substitutes streaky bacon for the ham and adds a tomato slice.
  • Eggs Florentine substitutes spinach for the ham. 
  • Eggs Montreal substitutes salmon for the ham. 
  • Eggs Neptune or Crab Benedict substitutes crab meat for the ham.
  • Spam Benedict substitutes spam for the ham.
  • Eggs Hussarde substitutes Holland rusks for the English muffin and adds Marchand de Vin sauce.
  • Eggs Sardou substitutes artichoke bottoms and crossed anchovy fillets for the English muffin and ham, then tops the hollandaise sauce with chopped ham and a truffle slice. A more widespread version of the dish starts with a base of creamed spinach, substitutes artichoke bottoms for the English muffin, and drops the ham.
  • Artichoke Benedict replaces the English muffin with a hollowed artichoke.
  • Country Benedict, sometimes known as Eggs Beauregard, replaces the English muffin, ham and hollandaise sauce with a American biscuit, sausage patties, and country gravy. The poached eggs are replaced with eggs fried to choice.
  • Irish Benedict replaces the ham with corned beef.
  • Eggs Pope Benedict replaces the ham with Bratwurst and the muffin with Pumpernickel bread and was created for the coronation of Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Eggs Frederick replaces the hollandaise sauce with tomato ketchup.
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