Friday, November 4, 2011

Recipe: James Hartley's Eggs Not Quite Benedict

Eggs Not Quite Benedict
by James Hartley
Everyone has heard of Eggs Benedict, that pearl of the Breakfast Brunch, but has anyone ever tried to make them? No way! First, they call for poached eggs, and who knows how to do that? Fried eggs, fine, but poached? And Hollandaise Sauce, well, real chefs know how to make that, but I don't think you can go down to the local grocery store and buy a jar of it, nope. So let's think of something else.

Suppose we settle for the eggs fried, then scrounge around in the fridge for some other kind of sauce. Like, maybe, spaghetti sauce. That's Italian, so we're going to call this one:

Eggs Benedito

One English Muffin
Butter or margarine for muffin
2 slices Canadian Bacon (optional)
2 eggs
2-4 Tbsp. spaghetti sauce (leftover is OK)
2-4 Tbsp. ground or shredded Parmesan (or other Italian) cheese

Split and toast English muffin, spread with butter or margarine. Lightly fry Canadian Bacon (if using it), place one slice on each half of muffin. Fry eggs, over medium, then place one on each half of muffin. Top eggs with spaghetti sauce and cheese. Serves one.

But then one day we were out of spaghetti sauce. A little more scrounging yielded a jar of Salsa, well, that sounded good. Being on the Mexican side, this one gets the name:

Eggs Bandito

One English Muffin
Butter or margarine for muffin
2 slices Canadian Bacon (optional)
2 eggs
2-4 Tbsp. Salsa (Mild, medium, or hot, your choice)

Split and toast English muffin, spread with butter or margarine. Lightly fry Canadian Bacon (if using it), place one slice on each half of muffin. Fry eggs, over medium, then place one on each half of muffin. Top eggs with Salsa. Serves one.

Jim, thank you for your creative egg recipes. This would make a delicious, fancy dish to serve to company visiting over the holidays. Thank you for sharing information about your newly released time travel adventure, Ten Years. The story's blurb and excerpt follow.

Blurb about Jim's short story: Peter Ingraham invented a time machine, and traveled into the future. Ten
years too far into the future. But he soon found that the future didn't 
match the past, and when he returned to where he started, the present 
didn't match either of them ...


    Excerpt from Ten Years 
by James Hartley

Keller turned to Peter and said, "Come on back to my office. I think we have to talk about this." He led the way back down the hall, and when they entered the office he carefully closed and locked the door. He sat down, and said, "Now, tell me again what you have in that backpack."
"Lieutenant, it's a temporal displacement…" he started, then, seeing the look on Keller's face, he changed his mind and said, "Okay, damn it, it's a time machine. You satisfied?"
Author, James Hartley
"Yep. That was what I wanted to hear. Hey, I've been a science-fiction fan all my life, you're lucky you ended up talking to me instead of one of the other guys. Now you want to know what's in this report?" Peter nodded. "Okay. According to the fingerprints, you are Peter Ingraham. But Peter Ingraham disappeared ten years ago. There was a big scandal, his wife charging Carltronics and its owner with kidnapping. Nothing was ever proven, but the legal fees and bad publicity bankrupted Carltronics, and old man Carlson committed suicide not long after. After seven years, that would be about three years ago, Peter Ingraham was declared legally dead by the courts. Near as I can tell, we can't even charge you with trespassing, because you don't exist." 


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4 comments:

J Q Rose said...

Hi Jim, Thanks so much for being my guest today and for sharing the egg recipes. Can't wait to try them.

Pat Dale said...

Hi, Jim. Love your sense of humor. Another variation on your eggs would be Eggs Diabeto. Just slather lots of gooey strawberry jam on the eggs and, woila, instant diabetes. LOL
PD

Roseanne Dowell said...

Sounds good Jim. I love eggs and never attempted the Eggs Benedict. I have a feeling hubby would love spaghetti sauce on them.

Marva Dasef said...

These sound a lot like our egg mcmuffins. All lower-case to denote they have nothing to do with McDs.

Thoroughly clean a couple of small catfood or tuna cans. We've found that the Friskies cans have a nice slick interior coating. Spritz the inside with spray oil. Drop the egg into the can and poke it to break the yolk. In the meantime, get some water boiling in a frying pan. Put the egg-filled cans (it comes up about half-way) into the boiling water for a couple of minutes. You now have the equivalent of a poached egg.

Have a second frying pan ready heating with some spray oil. Flip the eggs into the fry pan to finish off the top. Most of the time they'll drop right out of the can. Sometimes, you have to rim it with a knife.

They are now perfectly circular and fit nicely on an English muffin. I use fake eggs for mine to keep down the cholesterol count.

Don't be squeamish about the cat food cans. You WILL clean them before use and take the paper label off.

We use either sausage or ham, and a slice of fat-free cheese to top it off.