Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
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Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Caviar and Sauce Maltaise

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (not including pickling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Pickled Red Onions:


  1. For the sauce, prepare a double boiler with a medium pot of water with a bowl set over the top. Bring the water to a simmer.
  2. In a small pot, combine the orange juice and zest, black peppercorns and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Place over mellow heat and cook until slightly thickened and reduced by half, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together the egg yolks and a pinch of salt in the bowl set over the double boiler, making sure the water below is simmering. Continue to whisk until the yolks are pale yellow and warm to the touch, about 5 minutes. Add a splash of water if it thickens too much.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat. Slowly drizzle in the clarified butter, whisking to form an emulsion. Add the orange juice reduction and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the double boiler and set aside in a warm place.
  5. Add water halfway up a large straight-sided pan and bring to a simmer. Add the remaining teaspoon vinegar to the pan along with a pinch of salt. Stir the water clockwise, then add the whole eggs, one at a time, to the swirling water. Poach the eggs, at a medium simmer, until soft-cooked, 2 to 3 minutes each for a runny yolk. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with a kitchen bowl or paper towels.
  6. Top the English muffins with the avocado, followed by a piece of smoked salmon, a poached egg and some of the Maltaise sauce. Garnish each with some Pickled Onion, dill and caviar.

Pickled Red Onions:

Yield: 1/2 cup
  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, pickling spice and 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then pour over the onions in a bowl. Allow to sit for 3 days in the fridge before serving.