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Fried Green Tomato Benedict with Easy Cajun Hollandaise

Valerie Bertinelli's Fried Green Tomato Benedict with Easy Cajun Hollandaise
Prep Time
45 min
Yields
4 servings

A southern twist on eggs Benny made with a fried green tomato base. Leave the English Muffins in the cupboard for this tasty recipe!

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ingredients

Cajun Seasoning

2
tsp fresh thyme
1 ½
tsp paprika
1
tsp garlic powder
1
tsp onion powder
½
tsp cayenne
¼
tsp celery salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Green Tomatoes

2
- 3 large green tomatoes
½
cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼
cup milk
2
large eggs
½
cup yellow cornmeal
½
cup panko breadcrumbs
Vegetable oil, for shallow frying

Hollandaise

10
tbsp unsalted butter
1
tbsp lemon juice
5
large egg yolks

Eggs

2
tsp distilled white vinegar
8
large eggs
8
slice Black Forest ham
2
scallions, thinly sliced
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directions

Step 1

Add the thyme, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, celery salt and some pepper to a small bowl and stir to combine. Reserve for the tomatoes and hollandaise.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 200°F.

Step 3

Slice the tops and bottoms off of the tomatoes and discard. Slice the tomatoes into eight ½-inch-thick slices total.

Step 4

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, some salt and pepper and 2 teaspoons of the Cajun seasoning. Add the tomato slices and toss to coat.

Step 5

Whisk together the milk and eggs in a medium bowl. Combine the cornmeal and breadcrumbs in another medium bowl.

Step 6

Working with one slice of tomato at a time, shake off the excess flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture to coat. Let the excess egg drip off, then add to the cornmeal mixture and turn to coat. Place on a platter and repeat with the remaining tomatoes.

Step 7

Add about ¼ inch of oil to a cast-iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat until it shimmers.

Step 8

Add half of the tomatoes and fry, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking pan and fry the remaining tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt to taste if desired. Transfer the baking pan with the tomatoes to the oven to keep warm while you prepare the rest of the dish.

Step 9

Fill a blender with hot water. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and let the solids sink to the bottom. Pour the water out of the blender and dry it. Combine the lemon juice, egg yolks and 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning in the blender and blend on medium speed until lightened. With the motor running, slowly add the melted butter to the blender, leaving the solids in the pan. Increase the blender speed to high for a few seconds to thoroughly combine. Add a little bit of hot water to thin the sauce to a nice, spoonable consistency. Set the blender canister by the stove to keep warm.

Step 10

Fill a wide, shallow pot with about 3 inches of water. Bring to a brisk simmer and add the vinegar. Crack 4 of the eggs into separate small bowls or ramekins, then gently slide the eggs into the simmering water. Cook at a gentle simmer until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon or spider and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining 4 eggs.

Step 11

Put 2 tomato slices onto each of 4 plates and top each tomato slice with a slice of ham and a poached egg. Spoon the hollandaise on top, sprinkle with the scallions and serve immediately.

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