When it comes to indulgent eggs, the famous eggs benedict reigns supreme and on April 16, we celebrate National Eggs Benedict Day!
Eggs à la Benedick
Delmonico’s in Lower Manhatten, New York, says on its menu that ‘eggs benedict was first created in our ovens in 1860’ and one of its chefs, Charles Ranhofer, published a recipe for Eggs à la Benedick in 1894.
Another story comes from Lemuel Benedict, who recorded an interview in the ‘Talk of the Town’ column of The New Yorker in 1942 and said that he had wandered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and ordered ‘buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon and hollandaise’. The maître d’hôtel was so impressed with his choice, that he put it on the menu, substituting ham for bacon and the toast for a toasted English muffin.
Or was it Commodore E. C. Benedict?
But the real originator could have been one Commodore E. C. Benedict. Edward P. Montgomery wrote a letter to the New York Times food columnist Craig Claiborne, on behalf of Commodore Benedict, which included a recipe he said he had received through his uncle, a friend of the Commodore. – do we have a date for this we can add in?
The popularity of eggs benedict
Whoever thought of it first, eggs benedict has become a hugely popular breakfast/brunch dish. We even serve it on our breakfast/brunch menu, so why not try it next time you dine with us?