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Attention purists: no, there are not poached eggs involved in this recipe. You’ve been warned. Trying to poach an egg on a barbecue seemed as silly as frying a steak so we avoided it.
Eggs Benedict on the Grill Recipe
- English muffins
- Slices of bacon or ham
- Tomatoes – sliced
- 4-6 eggs, whisked for scrambling
- ¼ cup water
- four egg yolks (you can whisk the whites in with your scrambled eggs above so don’t toss them)
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Lay out your ingredients.
For the sauce, separate the egg yolks from the whites. Slimy.
We get asked about three thousand times a week: “What would I use a side burner on my barbecue for?” This is your answer. However, if you don’t have a side burner you can put the pot right on the grill. Add the water and the egg to a little, heavy grilling pot (we sell these!), whisk with gusto (or chutzpah or moxie) for about five minutes. Once the sauce starts to thicken up, remove from heat and whisk in butter and lemon. Keep it warm but don’t cook it more or it’ll get lumpy.
Whisk 4-6 whole eggs together. You can add the unused egg whites from the hollandaise sauce and a spot of milk if you want. (I once put cumin in scrambled eggs – tasted delicious but the eggs turned sort of green – good for St. Patrick’s day but not so good for mother’s day.) Get the griddle on your barbecue hot, then turn down to low/medium. Good idea to spread a thin layer of olive oil on the griddle and then…pour the eggs on for scrambling.
The eggs will cook quickly on the hot griddle – move fast. Once the eggs are cooked, put them in a bowl and keep them warm on the upper rack in your barbecue.
Put your muffins face down on the griddle for a wee toasting. About five minutes. Add your asparagus that’s been waiting in the wings. They’ll take about ten minutes to char up a bit and get the cheese melted.
Put some sliced tomatoes on the hot griddle. About three minutes a side for a bit of charring.
Remove everything from the griddle and put it on a plate together. On top of the toasted muffins, pile the bacon, egg, and tomato. Top with a healthy dollop of hollandaise sauce.
Make mom a cup of coffee and sit her down for something to eat. Then, relax and bask in the adulation that is sure to come your way (but don’t forget to clean up too).