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Video: Operation Eggs Benedict

Video Length: 7:10
Produced by: Produced by John Craig Ross and Sarah Breckenridge. Original score by James Sizemore. Titles by Mike Amaditz

Eggs Benedict is a classic choice for brunch or breakfast in bed. But for the less-experienced cook, it can be fraught with peril: poaching eggs, making a hollandaise sauce...a recipe for disaster? Not with Fine Cooking at your side! Watch our intrepid cook's adventures as he embarks on the ultimate mission: a surprise breakfast in bed for his wife.

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Classic Eggs Benedict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 4

2 tsp. white wine vinegar
8 large eggs
2 Tbs. salted butter, softened
4 English muffins, split in half
Eight 1/4-inch-thick rounds of Canadian bacon
1 recipe Hollandaise Sauce
Pinch of paprika, for garnish (optional)
Thinly sliced fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

Pour enough water into a 10- to 12-inch skillet so that it's three-quarters full. Add the vinegar and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Gently break the eggs into the water around the edge of the skillet, which will help keep the eggs together. Lower the heat to medium low and simmer until the eggs are just set, about 3 minutes; the yolks should still be runny. (Alternatively, add the eggs to the simmering water, turn off the heat, cover the skillet, and let them sit for 4 to 5 minutes.) Remove the eggs from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside on a warm paper-towel-lined plate. If the eggs have any feathery edges, you can trim them if you like.

Meanwhile, toast and butter the muffin halves.

Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat and cook 4 slices of the bacon, flipping once, until heated through and browned in spots, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with the remaining slices.

To serve, put two muffin halves on a warm plate, top each with a slice of the bacon and a poached egg, and spoon over about 1/4 cup of the hollandaise sauce. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and some chives (if using). Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.

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Comments (14)

user-3226980 writes: Nothing makes me sicker than watching the 1 percenters in this video enjoying breakfast in the house they bought by plundering the economy, or cheating their workers out of rightful wages, or by being born into the right family. And I'm sorry that this magazine is so worshipful of this lifestyle.
My only wish is that they give back the money they so wantonly misappropriated. Posted: 6:53 pm on February 19th

alohasooze writes: I too loved this cooking video. The setting in an All American home with a chicken coop in the neighbor's yard was beautiful. For those who commented negatively I can only imagine your mothers never taught you the 2nd Golden Rule, "If you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing at all" I hope to see more of these fun and artistic videos. Posted: 8:26 am on May 7th

RubyD writes: 5/7/13 After posting my previous comment I have now read the other reviews. What a shame some of you people are so miserable and that you could not enjoy this charming production. What a nice to way to show a technique and incorporate a husband/partner wanting to do something nice for Mothers' Day. I hope no one wastes their time on those of you who wrote the negative comments! Posted: 8:15 am on May 7th

RubyD writes: 5/7/13 This was just ADORABLE!! A fabulous job was done with the Eggs Benedict...fabulous!! The story is so cute and the great music really added to the production. I give highest praise to all who were involved in this production...I'm sure it was more work than viewers can imagine. Even the decor and linens in the bedroom were well thought out..very pretty! I really enjoyed this...a nice start to allot of heavy work ahead of me today in the gardens.
"HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY" to all!!
P.S. I hope that man left his muddy slippers outside before coming back into the house! Posted: 8:12 am on May 7th

tbjonesy writes: Fun video, people need to lighten up for God's sake...thank you for your time! Sure wish we had a neigbor with a chickens. If you need more precise video's in order to cook eggs benedict you are in trouble with your kitchen skills.

Tim Posted: 7:22 am on May 7th

Spurtle writes: Fun video. Some of you people commenting need to lighten up. Good cooking is art and can't always be taught with cold bare-bones instruction. If you don't have time for a little fun, just get some convenience foods from Costco or go out for dinner and forget trying to become a great cook. Posted: 7:14 am on May 7th

deerhaven writes: Enjoyed the video -- very clever and entertaining while showing the proper technique. Thanks! Posted: 12:28 pm on December 23rd

daplos writes: Please limit the drama in the video--I Don't have time to watch a drama when I want a cooking technique. Posted: 7:52 am on December 18th

SMICooking writes: I didn't care at all for the presentation. Too much time wasted on "art". If I want to watch a drama, I'll rent one. I couldn't even watch all the way through. Perhaps I'll give it a try later if I am really desperate to learn this technique. Posted: 2:28 pm on November 11th

SaraO49 writes: Great video all around, from concept to graphics to editing to music. Well done! Posted: 11:18 am on May 15th

rickschneck writes: An inspirational production and unexpected pleasure. Well done Sarah. Posted: 11:47 pm on May 10th

Sue Berg writes: Loved the video. Very creative. It shows how easy it is to make eggs benedict. Posted: 10:19 am on May 8th

evie8391 writes: The worst video I've ever watched for showing how something is done. Didn't anyone edit this? Posted: 9:59 am on May 8th

Yoyita writes: Great idea to present this meal through a good video.
Gloria Posted: 5:43 pm on May 7th

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