Eggs Florentine

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
40 min
30 min

2 servings

  • Sauteed Spinach, recipe follows
  • Mornay Sauce, recipe follows
  • Crispy Potato Cakes, recipe follows
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Prepare the Sauteed Spinach and keep warm while you prepare the remaining components. Prepare the Mornay Sauce and keep warm while you prepare the remaining components. Prepare the Crispy Potato Cakes and keep warm in the oven while you poach the eggs.

To poach the eggs: break the eggs into individual saucers or cups. Fill a medium skillet halfway with water. Add the vinegar and salt and bring to a boil. Pour eggs into water, cover the skillet and remove from the heat. Allow to sit 4 to 5 minutes. When the eggs are ready, divide the potato cakes evenly between 2 dinner plates and top each with some of the creamed spinach. Remove the eggs from the skillet with a slotted spoon and gently place on top of the creamed spinach and potato cakes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Ladle some of the Mornay Sauce over the eggs and spinach, garnish with parsley, and serve.

Sauteed Spinach:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

1 pound spinach, washed, tough stems removed

Salt and freshly grated white pepper

Pinch grated nutmeg

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and saute for 1 minute. Add the spinach and saute, stirring to wilt and combine with the shallots. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and a pinch freshly ground nutmeg, to taste.

Mornay Sauce:

1 tablespoon butter

1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1/8 teaspoon salt

Pinch white pepper

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1 ounce grated cheese, such as Swiss, Gruyere, or Emmenthaler

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the roux is pale yellow and frothy, about 1 minute. Do not allow the roux to brown. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil, about 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and season with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Allow to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cheese and whisk until melted. If the sauce seems too thick, thin with a little milk.

Use sauce immediately or refrigerate, surface covered with plastic wrap, for several days in the refrigerator.

Yield: about 1 cup

Crispy Potato Pancakes:

3/4 pound russet potatoes (about 1 large)

4 ounces pancetta or bacon, cooked until crisp, drained and crumbled

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Vegetable oil, for frying

Peel the potato and put in cold water. Using a mandoline, grater, or food processor, coarsely grate the potato. Place in a fine-mesh sieve or strainer and squeeze out all of the potato liquid over a bowl. After the starch has settled to the bottom of the bowl, carefully pour off the clear liquid, reserving the starch. Add the grated potato to the starch in the bowl, along with the reserved crumbled bacon, egg, salt and pepper.

Heat a nonstick pan with a small amount of oil in the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, take about one-quarter of the potato mixture in the palm of your hand and, using the other hand, flatten and squeeze to remove any excess liquid. Place the potato mixture in the heated pan and cook, pressing down with a spatula to flatten, until crispy and golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining potato cakes.

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    I tried it and it was good will try again
    Delicious!! My only comment is that 4-5 minutes to pouch the eggs is way too long. I would suggest 2 minutes.. Everything else was YUMMY!!
    Awesome...however, trying to replicate dish from a trip to Versailles I forwent the potato cakes and used a ham. I am making it for my birthday this weekend with a crispy pancetta instead. The Mornay sauce and spinach in this recipe are a must to bring it all together.
    For those who are not cooks, it may have been strange that you did not bother to put the whole recipe together at the end. In my opinion a big mistake.
    This recipe is very good, the only thing I found, is when I made the Mornay Sauce, after I put the Cheese in, which was Gruyere, it was grainy to me. Is this normal? All the rest was great!

    This is easy, but multi stepped and well worth the effort!!! The mornay sauce is stinky (I used Guyere) but is fabulous!!! I loved the potatoes! Well worth the efffort!!!!
    my wife was so happy when I brought the breakfast to bed....
    This is a great breakfast meal. It is so rich and satisfing.
    Fairly easy to prepare, well worth the extra effort.
    This whole recipe was delicious and took less than 10 minutes because I did not make the potato cake (used English muffins for the base).

    The mornay sauce was a little plain because I used Jarlsberg cheese. Next time I will use a stronger swiss like Emmenthaler to enhance the flavor.
    This recipe was easy to follow and was quite tasty. We modified the sauce, however, to include additional seasonings to enhance flavor.
    Easy, and delicious! Will definately make again, and again.

    Michele, Brentwood CA
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