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Spring has been peeking her little sunny head up at us this week in my neck of the woods. :) I thought she was never going to get here after Mother Nature dumped about a foot of snow on us last week. For the past two days, we have been greeted with sunshine and warmer temperatures, and the snow has all but melted away now. These fresh breezes and sunshiny days are making me excited for Easter and spring. And when I think of Easter and spring, I always think of laid back weekend brunches at home with good food, wonderful company, and bright, fresh flavors.
One dish that always reminds of me of a spring brunch is a sophisticated Eggs Benedict. But let's be honest- making a fancy-dancy Eggs Benedict brunch requires some time and a little culinary skill. From perfectly poaching the eggs to whisking together a creamy hollandaise sauce, it is definitely a brunch recipe that can be a little intimidating. I love a nice spring weekend brunch, but I also don't want to be stuck in the kitchen for long making it. With this in mind, I headed to my local Walmart with a challenge- to create an easy to make Eggs Benedict recipe that would be just as delicious as the real deal...
I spotted the Alexia Crispy Onion Rings in the freezer section, and a light bulb went off! Instead of using the traditional English muffin for the base of my Eggs Benedict, I would use these crispy onion rings that I know my family already loves. Plus, the fresh taste of the Alexia Crispy Onion Rings reminds of bright spring onions.
I decided to top off those crispy onion rings with steam in the bag asparagus, over medium eggs, a drizzle of a super quick mock hollandaise sauce, and a sprinkle of capers for a little added sophistication and brightness...
Easy Eggs Benedict with Crispy Onion Rings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 13.5oz bag Alexia Crispy Onion Rings
- 8oz of asparagus- steamed, blanched, or roasted
- 4 eggs, cooked over easy to medium (whichever is your preference)
- 1/2 cup of light mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- Salt & cayenne pepper, to taste
- Capers, for garnishing
Bake the onion rings according to the package directions. While the onion rings are baking, cook your asparagus. Be careful to not overcook them! You want them bright green with a little crisp.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. Quickly whisk in the melted butter. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Prepare your eggs to your preference.
Arrange the baked onion rings in a cast iron skillet or pretty baking dish. Line up the asparagus spears in four groups of 4-5. Slide a cooked egg over each group of asparagus. Drizzle each eggs benedict stack with the mock hollandaise sauce. Garnish with capers, if desired. Serve with fresh lemon slices & any leftover hollandaise sauce on the side.
Present & serve!
Recipe for the mock hollandaise sauce inspired by this recipe from the kitchn.
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Alexia fries & onion rings- like their Crispy Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt, and Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries- are only made from high quality, all natural ingredients. Plus, their versatility makes them fabulous for all your spring-inspired recipe ideas. :)
This Easy Eggs Benedict with Crispy Onion Rings turned out absolutely delicious. All of the flavors worked so wonderfully together- from the crispy crunch of the onion rings to the creaminess of the egg and hollandaise sauce to the kick of brightness from the lemon, capers, and asparagus. And the best part? I had it on the table in a fancy pants presentation in around 30 minutes! :) The perfect lazy spring weekend brunch, if you ask me...
What is one of your favorite spring brunch recipes?
How would you create your own easy twist on that recipe using Alexia fries or onion rings?
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