National Eggs Benedict day
April 16th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Forget Benedict Arnold or Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the only Benedict you need to know - April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day!

To be so simple, this is the kind of breakfast that will ensure you don't have to eat again for the rest of the day. And anything that begins with eggs and ends with bacon is bound to make you smile.

Who knew that halving an English muffin and topping it with ham or Canadian bacon and poached eggs and drowning in creamy hollandaise sauce would be so delightful? There are a veritable bevy of tasty variations, so you can deviate and DIY with any favorites.

The origins are a bit unclear, perhaps because of all the various Benedicts trying to claim the dish as their own idea. The most famous, printed in The New Yorker in 1942, states that Lemuel Benedict of Wall Street staggered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and ordered buttered toast with poached eggs, bacon and hollandaise in order to cure his hangover.

Because Eggs Benedict and its variations are a favorite hangover breakfast, this could very well be true. Whether you're hungover or just hungry, enjoy this comforting dish for an early breakfast or a late dinner. It may not cure your headache, but it will sure taste good - especially with a side of hash browns to sop up the last of the hollandaise.

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  1. Ms. Grammar

    I like my Eggs Oscar: Poached egg on top of steamed asparagus, lump crabmeat, and veal cutlet. Oh, and SMOTHERED with Bearnaise sauce. I'm starting to drool already – may have to get the fixings for this on the way home from work,

    April 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  2. Dave

    Lobster Benedict at Longhi's on Maui. Served on a bias cut french baguette with the meat of a whole Maine lobster per serving.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  3. Amayda

    Crab Cake eggs benedict is the best!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  4. Down by the river

    Eggs Oscar – no canadian bacon but with steak and lump crab meat!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  5. dnfromge

    The "Eggs Pacific" made with wild Sockeye smoked salmon at Crepe Montagne in Whistler BC – inspired me to learn to make my own hollandaise sauce! Absolutely delicious!

    April 16, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  6. AleeD®

    There's a place near us called the Frog Pond on N. Redington Beach. They offer a Neptune Benedict with spinach and crab and I ask for it on a toasted bagel. To.die.for.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:43 am |
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