Smarter eggs florentine

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30 min


35 min



Smarter eggs florentine

Photo, Sian Richards.

Use vitamin-K-filled spinach and omega-3-rich salmon instead of ham or bacon, and spoon our heathy hollandaise overtop (the secret ingredient: yogurt!).


  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp olive oil , divided
  • 454-g pkg baby spinach
  • 2 whole wheat English muffins
  • 130-g pkg smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives

Healthy Hollandaise

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • For hollandaise: Fill a pot with water and bring to a simmer over medium. Whisk egg yolks with yogurt, butter, mustard, lemon zest and salt in a heatproof bowl wide enough to cover the pot completely. Place bowl over simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and yolks are cooked, 7 min. Remove bowl from heat and set aside.
  • For eggs florentine: Add vinegar to simmering water. Crack an egg into a small dish. Holding the dish close to the surface of the water, slip egg into water. Repeat with remaining eggs (up to 4 per batch). Simmer, uncovered, until whites are set and yolks are done as you like, 3 to 4 min for runny yolks. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs 1 at a time and dab whites all over with paper towel to absorb excess water.
  • HEAT a very large non-stick frying pan over medium. Add 1 1/2 tsp olive oil, then half of your spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, until spinach wilts, 1 to 2 min. Remove to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining 1 1/2 tsp olive oil and second half of spinach. Set aside.
  • TOAST English muffins. Place half on each plate. Divide smoked salmon between 4 halves, then top with spinach and poached eggs. Whisk hollandaise, then spoon over each egg. Season with fresh pepper. Sprinkle with chives.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 311,
  • Protein
  • 21 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20 g,
  • Fat
  • 17 g,
  • Fibre
  • 5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 784 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • Vitamin B6