Who Invented Eggs Benedict?

While there are plenty of amazing brunch dishes out there today, sometimes, you just can’t beat a classic. For many people, one of the most iconic brunch dishes of them all is Eggs Benedict. This is something you can find at almost any brunch restaurant you go to and for good reasons. Eggs Benedict is delicious and has everything you could want in a brunch food. You can’t go wrong getting this the next time you’re out with friends.

So, who do we have to thank for this famous dish? Learn more about how it was created. 

What is Eggs Benedict Made From?

Eggs Benedict is a bit more complicated than other egg orders, like scrambled or sunny side up. This dish consists of a few different popular brunch and breakfast foods to make the perfect combination. Eggs Benedict is served on top of two halves of an English muffin, followed by a piece of Canadian bacon and a poached egg. The eggs are topped with Hollandaise sauce, a rich, flavorful sauce made from egg yolk, melted butter, and lemon juice. While this recipe is a classic for a reason, there are many different takes on Eggs Benedict today. Today, you can find variations with substitutions for the English muffin, Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise sauce. At Bank+Vine, our Eggs Benedict swaps the English muffin for our house biscuits and the Canadian bacon for country ham.

Who Made the First Eggs Benedict?

There are a few different people who claim to be the original creator. One of the possible creators of Eggs Benedict is Delmonico’s, located in New York City’s Financial District. Many credit Delmonico’s, which first opened in 1827, to be the first fine dining restaurant in America. Supposedly, Delmonico’s created the dish for Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Benedict in the 1860s when they requested something new and not on the menu. One of Delmonico’s former chefs also published a recipe named eggs à la Benedick in 1894.

Another famous New York City location is also credited as being the possible place where Eggs Benedict was first created. Retired Wall Street stock broker Lemuel Benedict told The New Yorker in 1942 that he ordered the first Eggs Benedict in the Waldorf-Astoria in 1894 to help his hangover. His order consisted of buttered toast, bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. The maître d’hôtel at the Waldorf-Astoria, who had also previously worked at Delmonico’s, later changed the toast to English muffins and the bacon to Canadian bacon. 

Of course, many more Benedicts have claimed that they created the dish over the years. While it will likely never be proven who made this beloved brunch dish, most people agree that Delmonico’s and the Waldorf-Astoria have the strongest claims.

Have an Amazing Brunch in Wilkes-Barre This Weekend

If you’re looking for your new favorite brunch place, look no further than Bank+Vine. With a brunch menu filled with delicious dishes that are both classic and innovative and a beautiful historic bank building to enjoy your meal in, Bank+Vine is perfect for your next brunch outing. 

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