Artichoke Benedict

Ingredients

  • 4 medium artichokes
  • 4 slices (1/4-inch thick) Canadian bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • Hollandaise Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Prepare and cook artichokes. Brown Canadian bacon slices in skillet. Poach eggs in boiling, salted water. Spread leaves of artichoke open like flower petals. Remove center petals and fuzzy centers from artichokes and discard. Place bacon slices into artichoke centers, covering bottom, and top with poached eggs. Spoon on Hollandaise Sauce and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE
3 egg yolks
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup firm cold butter, cut into eighths
1/ 8 teaspoon paprika
dash ground red pepper

In small saucepan, heat together egg yolks, water and lemon juice. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until yolk mixture bubbles at edges. Stir in butter, 1 piece at a time, until melted and sauce is thickened. Stir paprika, red pepper and salt to taste. Remove from heat. Serve warm. Cover and chill if not used immediately.
Makes about ¾ cup