What is your favorite food to order for brunch? We sure love our eggs benedict and how fitting to have a national eggs benedict day coming up on April 16th. Urban Farmer Denver offers four benedicts on our menu:
Classic Eggs Benedict with ham
Eggs Benedict Sirloin
Eggs Benedict Avocado
Eggs benedict Lobster
Did you know, according to what’s cooking America? Egg benedicts have two stories on how they came to be:
1860s – Credit is given to Delmonico’s Restaurant, the very first restaurant or public dining room ever opened in the United States. In the 1860’s, a regular patron of the restaurant, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, finding nothing to her liking and wanting something new to eat for lunch, discussed this with Delmonico’s Chef Charles Ranhofer (1936-1899), Ranhofer came up with Eggs Benedict. He has a recipe called Eggs a’ la Benedick (Eufa a’ la Benedick) in his cookbook called The Epicurean published in 1894:
Eggs la Benedick – Cut some muffins in halves crosswise, toast them without allowing to brown, then place a round of cooked ham an eighth of an inch thick and of the same diameter as the muffins one each half. Heat in a moderate oven and put a poached egg on each toast. Cover the whole with Hollandaise sauce.
1894 – The following story appeared in the December 19,1942 issue of the weekly New Yorker Magazine “Talk of the Town” column and is based on an interview with Lemuel Benedict the year before he died.
In 1894, Lemuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker, who was suffering from a hangover, ordered “some buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce” at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The Waldorf’s legendary chef, Oscar Tschirky, was so impressed that he put the dish on his breakfast and luncheon menus after substituting Canadian bacon for crisp bacon and a toasted English muffin for toasted bread.
Whether you agree with the first or second story, we agree that Eggs benedict are not to be missed during brunch!