How to Make Eggs Benny with Cliff Crooks | Worst Cooks in America | Food Network

Cliff brings the heat to breakfast by completing his with a smoked paprika hollandaise!
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Eggs Benny with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise and Potato Hash
Level: Intermediate
Overall: 30 minutes
Active: 30 min
Yield: 2 servings


Potato Hash:

Extra-virgin olive oil
2 russet potatoes, scrubbed and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1 garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt

Eggs Benny with Smoked Paprika:

8 ounces nduja
4 egg yolks
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup clarified butter, warmed
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons white vinegar
4 big eggs
2 English muffins, toasted

For the potato hash: Coat a big cast-iron skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and cook, turning sometimes on all sides, until they start to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Include the onions and bell peppers and cook for 4 to 5 minutes up until they begin to brown and the potatoes begin to get crispy. Include the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes up until fragrant. Season to taste with kosher salt.

For the eggs benny with smoked paprika: Prepare the nduja in a small saute pan over medium-high heat up until browned, 5 to 6 minutes.

Blend the egg yolks and lemon juice in a heatproof glass bowl over a double boiler until pale, foamy and thickened. Really slowly stream the clarified butter into the egg yolks while whisking. If the sauce gets too thick, you can include some hot water a little at a time until it reaches the best consistency. The sauce needs to be thick but still flow. Season with the smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Fill a big stockpot midway with water and bring to a rolling boil, then lower the heat until there are no bubbles. Place the vinegar into a little bowl and crack the eggs into the vinegar; the vinegar will assist the egg whites set. Swirl a slotted spoon in the water to produce a vortex and put the bowl of vinegar and eggs into the center of the vortex. Poach for about 2 minutes. Using the slotted spoon, get rid of the eggs and place the spoon on a towel to capture the excess liquid.

To put together, spread out the nduja on each of the toasted English muffins, put a poached egg on each muffin and smother with the smoked paprika hollandaise sauce. Serve alongside the potato hash.

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How to Make Eggs Benny with Cliff Crooks|Worst Cooks in America|Food Network

How to Make Eggs Benny with Cliff Crooks | Worst Cooks in America | Food Network

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  1. Didn’t open the English muffin with a fork……doesn’t sound like a chef to me

    1. This is probably the worst take I have ever heard, just because somebody doesnt understand a word doesnt mean they cant use said item. This is COOKING not english class smh.

  2. I genuinely love him, so passionate about his work and for a instructor, so wholesome and would like to have Cliff back again multiple times!!! 😍🤤😋 💛⭐️✨

  3. I like the way Cliff teaches. I’ve had Eggs Benedict, but never made the sauce. I’m going to have to try, and make it. Looks delicious. ❤️

  4. Setting the eggs in vinegar before poaching?! I’ve never heard of that before and I’ve poached eggs professionally in six continents. I’m gonna have to try that!

  5. Спасибо ! Готовьте ещё…! Вкусно…😊🙏

  6. I love hearing him talk and instruct, no slang, just enunciation and direction. Could listen to him teach all day.

    1. Yep, in Calabria Nduja Is pretty famous. You can put it on bread, pasta, with tomatoes to do a great sugo but you gotta be carefoul on the quantity , it’s quite spicy

  7. the cuts the editor made were extremely jerky (nauseating) but he probably didn’t have an option, but the cook was awesome and with those cuts there was a full description of the product and how it was made. i got a few tips i hadn’t thought of before (i don’t poach eggs much) and overall it looks like a great meal. i love his hash.

    1. He’s literally supposed to be teaching them how to cook. You need to speak to do that.

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