Eggs Benedict with Tarragon and Chive Hollandaise Sauce

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 25m
  • Rating ****

4 servings

Fresh tarragon and chives add a pop of herby flavor to the rich hollandaise sauce in this classic breakfast dish.


  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup regular mayonnaise
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • For the Eggs Benedict:
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 8 large eggs, poached
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 slices Canadian bacon
  • 2 English muffins, split, toasted


Combine first 5 ingredients in processor. Blend 5 seconds. with machine running, carefully pour melted butter down feed tube and process until well-blended.

Transfer sauce to double-boiler set over simmering water. Add 3 tablespoons boiling water and lemon peel to sauce. Whisk until sauce is very hot, about 4 minutes. Whisk in chives and tarragon. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Fill egg poaching pan with enough water to come 3/4-inch up sides of pan. Bring water to simmer. Lightly spray egg poaching cups with cooking spray. Break 1 egg into each cup. Cover and cook until yolks are just set around edges but still loose in center, about 4 minutes. Transfer eggs to warmed plate and repeat with remaining 4 eggs.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Canadian bacon and saute until heated through, about 1 minute per side. Place 2 bacon slices atop each toasted English muffin half. Top each with 2 poached eggs. Drizzle with sauce and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 3597

nutrition information per serving

365 calories; 27g total fat; 374mg cholesterol; 600mg sodium; 15g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 16g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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