Brunch recipe: Spring eggs Benedict with hash browns and breakfast sausage

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      Spring has sprung and that means there’ll be plenty of opportunities for brunching.

      Here’s one way, courtesy of chef Paul Lillakas and the Egg Farmers of Canada, to combine several brunch favourites into one dish.

      In this version, over-easy eggs are joined by waffle-iron hash browns and breakfast sausage, all drenched in hollandaise sauce.

      Spring sausage eggs Benedict

      Serves: 2
      Prep time: 10 minutes
      Total time: 30 minutes

      Waffled Hash Browns 

      2 cups (500 millilitres) frozen diced hash browns, thawed
      1 egg
      2 green onions, sliced
      ½ cup (125 millilitres) shredded old cheddar cheese
      ¼ tsp (1.25 millilitres) salt


      Step 1
      Preheat waffle iron.

      Step 2
      In a bowl, combine hash browns, egg, green onions, cheddar cheese and salt. Mix thoroughly to combine.

      Step 3
      Spoon mixture into greased waffle iron and press until golden brown and crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the waffle into four portions.

      Hollandaise sauce

      2 egg yolks
      1 teaspoon (5 millilitres) water
      ½ cup (125 millilitres) unsalted butter
      1 teaspoon (5 millilitres) lemon juice
      sea salt and black pepper


      Step 1
      Select a cup or glass cylinder that just fits the head of immersion (stick) blender. Combine egg yolks and water.

      Step 2
      In a small pot, over medium heat, melt butter until simmering and no longer foaming, about 1 to 2 minutes.

      Step 3
      Transfer to measuring glass with pouring spout. Insert immersion blender into bottom cup with egg yolks and start blending. With the blender running, slowly pour hot butter in until completely smooth and creamy.

      Step 4
      Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Thin with additional water, if needed. Set aside or keep warm in 2 inches (5 centimetres) of warm tap water.

      Eggs Benedict

      4 cooked breakfast sausages
      4 eggs
      mixed microgreens


      Step 1
      Slice sausages lengthwise almost all the way through. In a greased non-stick skillet over medium heat, fry sausages, flipping once, until browned and crisp. Move to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

      Step 2
      Wipe pan clean, grease and cook eggs, flipping once until cooked but soft in the middle, about 2 to 3 minutes.

      To serve:
      Top each waffle piece with sausage, egg, and hollandaise sauce. Garnish with mixed microgreens.