Italian Eggs Benedict
Italian Eggs Benedict is based on the classic eggs Benedict with a couple of substitutions. Ciabatta bread is used instead of English muffins, Prosciutto instead of ham and a creamy Parmesan sauce instead of hollandaise sauce.
You may think I’m going to say this dish was inspired by a quaint little restaurant in an ancient village in Italy but it is actually inspired by my favorite place to visit in California, Carmel-by-the-Sea. I’ve previously talked about Carmel in my post for Florentine cookies, also inspired by the same restaurant.
My husband and I have been visiting the Central Coast of California for many years and Carmel-by-the-Sea was our main destination. A quaint city nestled on a stunning California coastline, Carmel boasts great shopping and restaurants and scenic beauty.
Our favorite restaurant is Il Fornaio which is inside the Pine Inn hotel on Ocean Avenue. It’s where my husband proposed and we’ve been frequent visitors of the hotel and restaurant so much we know all the staff and have become great friends with some.
If you’ve never heard of, or seen Carmel-by-the-Sea it’s worth a look. Here’s a link to their travel site. (I’m not paid to promote the city, I just love to visit and it holds a special place in my heart).
My go-to dish for breakfast is always uova alla benedettina (eggs benedict). Crispy ciabatta bread topped with sliced prosciutto di Parma (pancetta can also be used) with a perfectly poached egg and the best part is the parmesan sauce, which takes the place of traditional hollandaise. They serve them alongside rosemary roasted potatoes which are delicious in themselves.
How do you poach the perfect egg?
It’s easy once to practise and know the tips and I have a great tutorial. You can find that here > how to poach an egg.
The Parmesan sauce is made very differently to hollandaise in that is has no eggs. It’s butter cooked with flour, milk and grated Parmesan cheese, so easy and so delicious. This is a great brunch item the next time you want to serve something a little different from the regular eggs benedict. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial, with pictures, on how to poach the perfect egg, link.
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27 Comments on “Italian Eggs Benedict”
Looks delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.
I’m crazy about this Italian twist on the classic! That parmesan sauce sounds divine!
I have never been to Carmel-by-the-sea. You make it sound so beautiful and I have put it at the top of my list of cities to visit in California. Your recipe looks so good.
Love putting the Italian spin on this french classic.
I love eggs Benedict and the Italian twist on these is just awesome! Will be trying them as early as tomorrow, since I have all the ingredients 🙂
Those look so good! I may have to make them for dinner!
Looks fabulous Janette and those eggs are perfectly cooked:-)
Love the Italian influence in this dish! Delicious!
I really like the Italian spin on one of my most favorite breakfast dishes.
Thank you Peter
Your website looks wonderful my friend. Thank you for sharing this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I pinned, and it’s on my list for breakfast for dinner! I featured you on Facebook and Google plus xo
Thank you so much Katherine xoxo
These sound so good! I always order Eggs Benedict when we go out for breakfast or brunch. I love your Italian twist on it! Yummy!
This is an amazingly delicious sounding spin on a weekend favorite 🙂 A must try! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂
I bet this tastes so delicious… need to try it! 🙂
Thank you Lily, I think it’s better than the regular eggs benedict. I hope you try it 🙂
As soon as I saw the title, I knew I was going to love this one! I could (and have) eaten an entire pound of prosciutto di parma all to myself, so I love that you’ve included it in this dish (much better than Canadian bacon, imo). And ciabatta en lieu of an English muffin… uh, yeah! Fantastic dish, Janette! I love everything about it!
I can totally relate 🙂
Lovely! I adore prosciutto – excellent choice Janette 🙂
Thank you Erica 🙂
Janette, you KNOW how much I love breakfast sammies!!! This looks like perfection! My hubs loves prosciutto so this will be perfect for him!
What a fantastic way to start the day!
It certainly is Nancy 🙂
My kind of meal at anytime of the day!! Delish!!
We had it for dinner last night 🙂
Love your Italian twist on the traditional! I think I will be serving this at my Mother’s Day Brunch! Thanks.
I think it would be perfect for that. Thank you for stopping by Mary 🙂