Aussie Eggs Benedict + Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

Preparation Time 5 mins
Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

16 slices of Australia’s best leg ham from Mighty Nice Meats
(our Aussie Smokehouse leg ham has won the Australian Pork Mark Excellence awards 2012, 2013 & 2014)
4 x English muffins, toasted
8 x 50g eggs
water for poaching
1 cup hollandaise sauce
black pepper to season

HOMEMADE HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

2 egg yolks
125g butter, melted and strained
1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced
pinch of salt
1 tblsp hot water
fresh herbs to garnish

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat the water over a low heat until water is barely trembling, carefully add eggs to the water and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or to your liking.
2. To make the hollandaise sauce, place the white wine vinegar, mustard and lemon juice into a small food processor and mix well. Whilst the processor is running, gradually add the cool butter in a long stream and process until it is well combined. Add the warm water a little at a time. Season with salt.
3. To serve, place the buttered muffins onto each serving plate, top the muffins with two slices of warmed Australian leg ham, place poached eggs on top of the ham and drizzle with fresh hollandaise sauce.
4. Garnish with fresh herbs and freshly cracked black pepper. Serve hot.

BUTCHER’S ADVICE

You can use an off-the-shelf hollandaise but if making it fresh, the lemon may be replaced with lime juice or blood orange juice.