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Breakfast Benedict With Bacon

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When the family finds out you’re making Breakfast Benedict with thick cut bacon, everyone will set their clocks early!

Serves 4
PREP TIME 50 mins
SKILL LEVEL Intermediate


Hollandaise Sauce

Unsalted butter
2 sticks
Large egg yolks
Fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
2-3 Tbsp.
¼ tsp.
¼ tsp.
Freshly ground pepper
¹⁄₁₆ tsp.
1 Tbsp.

Poached Eggs

White distilled vinegar
1 Tbsp.
1 Tbsp.
Large eggs

To Assemble

English muffins, split and toasted
Farmer John® or Smithfield® Thick Cut Bacon
4 strips
Unsalted butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp.
Chives, chopped
1 bunch
Coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
Flaky sea salt, if desired
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  1. Cook bacon according to directions—baking is preferred.
  2. Make the hollandaise: Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat until melted but not browned. Place egg yolks and 1 tablespoon water in a blender. Start blending, working very slowly. Add melted butter until it’s all incorporated. (If it starts to get too thick to blend, add a teaspoon of water at a time.) Add lemon juice and cayenne, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small bowl, place plastic wrap directly on the surface and set aside. Keep in an area where it’s warm.
  3. Poach the eggs: Fill a medium pot with 4 inches of water. Add vinegar and salt, and bring to a simmer. Using the handle of a spoon or spatula, stir the water with a clockwise motion. Gently crack an egg into the center of the pot, letting the water swirl around and allowing the white to envelop the yolk. Repeat with remaining eggs. (You could do four at a time.) Check the eggs after 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to lift an egg out of the water and feel the white for firmness. Once eggs are perfectly poached, remove from water, and let drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  4. Assemble the Benedict: Place toasted English muffin halves on a plate and butter them generously. Top each with 2 slices of bacon, then a poached egg. Spoon hollandaise sauce over and sprinkle with chives and black pepper, and serve.