Twice in the past week I’ve ordered Benedicts for breakfast. Twice I have felt like the victim of some traitorious breakfast conspiracy.
Here’s what eggs Benedict is: poached egg, Canadian bacon and English muffin, covered in Hollandaise sauce.
At McMenamins Spar Cafe in Olympia, portobello Benedict included mushrooms, eggs, peppers and Hollandaise. At Affairs in University Place, crab cakes Benedict was crab cakes, poached eggs and Hollandaise.
Both of these breakfasts desperately needed English muffins — to soak up the yolks and excess Hollandaise.
One could argue that the mushrooms and crab cakes were both round — thereby filling in for the muffins. And both were meaty in their own ways — so they stood in for Canadian bacon. One also could argue that a slab of Canadian bacon on top of a portobello mushroom, or on top of a crab cake, would be tasty. I wouldn’t know. I never got the chance. And I left a lot of yolky Hollandaise behind, too.