Deluxe Diner – Origin of Eggs Benedict

Eggs Montreal Deluxe diner style
Eggs Montreal in New Zealand Deluxe Diner style
DELUXE EGGS BENEDICT (GLUTEN FREE) Poached local organic eggs on crisp potato rosti’s, w/ hollandaise.
Your Choice:
  • Bacon or Ham –  Half Size available
  • Mushroom & Spinach –  Half Size available
  • Salmon Fillet

Eggs Benedict is a traditional American brunch or breakfast meal that consists of two halves of an English muffin each of which is topped with Canadian bacon – or sometimes bacon – a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. The dish was first popularized in New York City. Many variations on the basic recipe are served.

There are conflicting accounts as to the origin of Eggs Benedict.

In an interview recorded in the “Talk of the Town” column of The New Yorker in 1942, the year before his death, Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street stock broker, claimed that he had wandered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and, hoping to find a cure for his morning hangover, ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a hooker of hollandaise”. Oscar Tschirky, the famed maître d’hôtel, was so impressed with the dish that he put it on the breakfast and luncheon menus but substituted ham for the bacon and a toasted English muffin for the toast.

  1. Eggs Benedict Deluxe Diner Substitutes English Muffin with Potato Rosti’s
  2. Eggs Blackstone substitutes streaky bacon for the ham and adds a tomato slice.
  3. Eggs Blanchard substitutes Béchamel sauce for Hollandaise .
  4. Eggs Florentine substitutes spinach for the ham or adds it underneath.Older versions of eggs Florentine add spinach to poached or shirred eggs.
  5. Eggs Mornay substitutes Mornay (cheese) sauce for the Hollandaise.
  6. Eggs Atlantic, Eggs Hemingway, or Eggs Copenhagen (also known as Eggs Royale and Eggs Montreal in New Zealand) substitutes salmon or smoked salmon for the ham. This is a common variation found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is also known as “Eggs Benjamin” in some restaurants in Canada.
  7. Huevos Benedictos substitutes sliced avocado and/or Mexican chorizo for the ham, and is topped with both a salsa (such as salsa roja or salsa brava) and hollandaise sauce.
  8. Eggs Hussarde substitutes Holland rusks for the English muffin and adds Bordelaise sauce.
  9. Irish Benedict replaces the ham with corned beef or Irish bacon.
  10. Dutch Benedict replaces the ham or bacon with scrapple. Popular in the eastern region of Pennsylvania.
  11. Eggs Hebridean replaces the ham with black pudding, often from Stornoway.
  12. Eggs Cochon, a variation from New Orleans restaurants which replaces the ham with pork “debris” (slow roasted pork shredded in its own juices) and the English muffin with a large buttermilk biscuit.