I have to say, last night I was feeling pretty smug.
Until just a few years ago, I had never tried eggs benedict. Holy hell had I been missing out. I love bennies, and I have a few set places where I go. The Tulalip Casino makes a mean bennie (and you can get a side dish of Sriracha to spice the crap out of it). Portage Bay cafe had a really good bennie with chipoltle hollandaise.
I love this stuff, but have been so incredibly intimidated by it. Until I saw this post from the Pioneer Woman on Eggs Benedict day. Man, she makes everything seem so much easier. My cravings for a good bennie had to be satisfied, so we had breakfast for dinner.
I apologize for the crappy photo from my phone, but that’s what we’re working with until I can bust out the camera and properly edit photos.
Yes, it looks like a dirty mess, but the flavor… wow. Here’s what’s on the plate:
First, we started with a chorizo sausage. Hubs wanted to make sure we had something for breakfast this week. psych!! I made two chorizo patties out of that big sausage. Then cooked some bacon in the chorizo grease.
Black beans. Take a can of black beans, toss in some dark chili powder and a little brown sugar. Heat on low for however long you need.
Guac. Nothing fancy here, just an avocado chopped to hell.
Salsa. Yup, I made fresh salsa last night. Needs more heat, but we’ll see how it tastes this morning.
Hollandaise: The most indimidating-ish part. Egg yolks, melted butter, a little milk and dark chili powder. I forgot the lemon juice and it could have used a little salt since my butter is unsalted.
Poached eggs: yup. Some day we’ll have our own chickens and we’ll have super fresh eggs, and not have this Franken-egg mess that was on my plate. And someday I’ll figure out how to properly poach an egg. My yolk was a tinge too done.
After the “Lent diet” of no wheat/corn, I’ve somewhat continued on with it. I’ve rarely had corn chips with my salsa (discovered Beanitos and they’re a pretty good substitute), and I can’t bring myself to buy regular bread- been eating a lot of tapioca bread instead. Or brown rice bread.
Regardless, I’ll hold off on my gluten-free soapbox for now. This breakfast-for-dinner was 100% grain free. That’s pretty badass. Oh, and I’m still full from last night.