Eggs Florentine is an elegant, yet easy breakfast option, consisting of poached eggs, spinach, and Canadian bacon, drizzled with creamy Hollandaise sauce. Serve it without the muffin for a gluten free and Paleo breakfast.
Weekdays are so busy during the school year, that the fanciest our eggs get are scrambled. So when the weekend rolls around, we’re all ready for something a bit fancier when it comes to eggs. Sometimes it’s just a veggie filled omelet, or poached eggs on toast. Eggs Benedict or Huevos Rancheros are usually reserved for even slower or more special weekend. They really don’t have to be though.
What’s the difference between Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine?
Eggs Benedict is a poached egg on top of an toasted English muffin, with a slice of Canadian bacon, and a drizzle of Hollandaise Sauce. Whereas Eggs Florentine has the addition of sauteed spinach. Eggs Royale takes the whole dish a bit further and substitutes smoked salmon for the Canadian bacon. The muffin can easily be omitted for a low-carb, Paleo, and gluten-free breakfast.
I make my Hollandaise sauce in the blender, which is fool-proof. It’s also faster and easier than the traditional cooking school method. (shhh, don’t tell!) Click here for Blender Hollandaise. I actually prefer Eggs Florentine, just because it’s a good way to get in an extra vegetable at breakfast. Any time you see the word “Florentine” on a menu, it will have spinach in it.
Lawry’s Creamed Spinach would be an awesome bed for these Eggs Florentine, but I would only do it that way if I had some leftover in my fridge. Otherwise, I just sauté or microwave a handful of fresh chopped spinach for just a minute or so, and season it with salt, pepper and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Have all the ingredients ready before you begin poaching the eggs. It’s then just an assembly job!
- 6 eggs poached
- 3 English muffins split in half and lightly toasted. Keep warm.
- 1 cup cooked spinach steam in the micro for just one minute, or sauté 2-3 to wilt
- 6 slices Canadian bacon or ham
- Hollandaise sauce
- While eggs are poaching, toast bread. Have cooked spinach, warmed bacon or ham and Hollandaise sauce ready.
- Butter each muffin half, top with one slice of bacon, cooked spinach, and a poached egg.
- Spoon warm Hollandaise over egg.
Spinach is really underappreciated, isn’t it?!!! Love this.
This the perfect breakfast and I love how easy the hollandaise is.
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
Sounds great! What is your favorite GF English Muffin? There are a few on the market now, I am still searching for the perfect one! Any suggestions would be great 🙂 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂
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Actually Cindy, I make the “paleo” version for myself. Just the eggs, sauce, spinach and ham.
Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee says
This looks so good!!!!
Thank you Melissa!
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
This is such a beautiful and elegant breakfast. I love how you make the hollandaise in the blender, that makes this recipe much easier!
Would you believe I’ve never had any of those egg dishes? Our fancy weekend breakfasts are a full Scottish or full English, which means the eggs are either fried, poached or soft-boiled and that’s it. I’m sure my husband would LOVE any of these egg dishes especially the Eggs Florentine! Thanks for the inspiration!
wow, never Eggs Benedict! Even in a restaurant?
What a great idea for a fancy breakfast! It look beautiful and I bet it tastes even better!
Julia, great breakfast for father’s day weekend for sure! but the blender hollandaise is so easy that it’s good any time!
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
Definitely a yolks broken kind ‘o girl. As a matter of fact, I remember being mildly scolded once by my very proper blue-blood grandmother for cooking the eggs too firm. (I never did that again.) Ha. Gorgeous Eggs Florentine Cynthia. Have a great weekend!
Thanks Allie! I’ve always been a runny yolk gal too! But there definitely are two camps on the yolk front!
Joanie @ ZagLeft says
Beautiful Eggs Florentine, Cynthia. It’s such an elegant and easy breakfast for the weekend.
Eggs florentine are my favorite for brunch! This looks amazing!
This breakfast looks so fancy but is surprisingly easy to make!! I’m always partial to the addition of spinach in eggs florentine over the traditional eggs benedict so I’m sure I”ll be making this for breakfast often!
Amanda Wren-Grimwood says
One of my favourite egg dishes but I’ve never made it at home before now. So easy and delicious.
SO easy and so delicious. We had the eggs Florentine when my mum came to visit, Everyone loved it but my mum thought it was one of the best things she had eaten in a long time. Thanks so much for sharing.
You’re welcome! A great way to switch up Eggs Benedict!
We have Eggs Benedict every Easter for breakfast, and it’s so delicious. I never thought about adding spinach. That’s brilliant!
Just another level!
looks so yummy can’t wait to try it out next week!