My Eggs Benedict, before I ate it.
I don't eat eggs very often. Over the past couple of years I have gotten
into omelette making, and I like to make my "signature" Cheddar Cheese
and Banana omelette occasionally. I also like Eggs Benedict.
The other day I got curious as to the origin of Eggs Benedict, so I did
a quick reference with Wikipedia. There are several different stories
mentioned in that article as to who first came up with the recipe. The
one that seems to make the most sense to me is that Eggs Benedict
derives its name from Commodore E.C. Benedict, a banker and yachtsman,
who came up with the idea for the dish about a century ago. I think the
main reason that story makes sense to me is that the story seems to involve
a French connection, and I just always associate dishes with eggs and creamy
sauces with French cooking. But there are other explanations also, so
you can take your pick.
I also noticed that most of the recipes for Eggs Benedict include a slice
of ham. This was something that was new to me. I have never eaten Eggs
Benedict that way. I thought that maybe it was a Midwest thing, but here
in Spokane when I've had the dish at a restaurant they never include the
ham slice either. So I don't know about that, really. I don't think I would
like it as well with the ham slice.
The most interesting fact concerning Eggs Benedict I found in the article
was the part dealing with the origin of the McDonald's Egg McMuffin. Evidently
a McDonald's franchise owner, Herb Peterson, decided to come up with a "poor
man's" version of Eggs Benedict by putting a scrambled egg slice between two
fresh biscuits and replacing the Hollandaise sauce with a slice of American
cheese. Being friends with McDonald's Corporation owner Ray Kroc, Peterson
was able to sell the idea. And the rest is history — a tasty and very popular
breakfast sandwich. I notice too that the Egg McMuffin does include a ham
slice. Or maybe it's Canadian Bacon, I'm not sure.