Perfect Guilt-Free Eggs ‘Benedict’

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I love Eggs Benedict, but traditional hollandaise sauce recipes are not quite in sync with today's health-conscious diets. This recipe packs in much of the same flavors while also adding the nutritious benefits of tofu.
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Ingredients for 4

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup minced shallots

  • 1/4 cup naturally brewed rice vinegar

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 ounces silken tofu

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons grapeseed (or canola) oil

  • 2 plain English muffins, split

  • 4 cups spinach, stems removed

  • 4 slices Canadian bacon, ¼ inch thick

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 147ºF (63ºC).

  • Step 2

    Using a slotted spoon, gently place the eggs in the water, being sure to not break the shells. Set the timer for 1 hour.

  • Step 3

    When there are about 15 minutes left on the timer, prepare the remaining ingredients. To make the hollandaise, combine the shallots, rice vinegar, and lemon juice in a medium skillet. Bring the heat to medium-high and cook until the liquid is almost completely reduced. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    Transfer the shallot mixer to a blender and add the tofu. Blend until smooth. While the blender is running, drizzle in 1/4 cup grapes oil in a thin stream until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

  • Step 5

    Place the English muffins in the toaster. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil in the medium skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the spinach and sauté until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove it to a plate and keep warm.

  • Step 6

    In the same skillet over medium heat, sear the Canadian bacon until golden on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the eggs from the water bath using a slotted spoon. Assemble the Benedict by placing one piece of Canadian bacon on each English muffin half. Top with spinach. Using a pairing knife, carefully crack the eggs over the spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon hollandaise over eggs and sprinkle with cayenne and chives. Serve.

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