Cheddar Chive Biscuit Eggs Benedict. A lighter version of this classic breakfast featuring a low fat quick cooked tomato compote instead of Hollandaise sauce.
Here’s a little lighter version of Eggs Benedict without using high fat Hollandaise sauce. In terms of flavour, I actually prefer this version.
Its deliciousness comes the high impact flavours of smokey ham and fresh tomato. Not to mention the warm from the oven, Cheddar Chive Biscuits.
This is always on my weekend menu whenever we cook our favorite Dijon Mustard and Demerara Sugar Glazed Ham. I like to thinly slice the ham and lightly pan fry it to use in this terrific brunch dish.
This one could become your Sunday brunch classic.
This delicious brunch uses half a large, cheddar chive biscuit as the base. It’s then topped by lightly fried glazed ham & perfectly poached eggs.
Warm, spicy, fresh tomato compote adds the finishing touch. One outstanding brunch.
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- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 9 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ cup + 1 tbsp very cold vegetable shortening , cut in small cubes (I store mine in the freezer)
- ¼ cup + 1 tbsp very cold salted butter , cut in small cubes
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese , diced small
- ¼ tbsp chopped fresh chives
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 8 large ripe tomatoes diced
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp crushed chili sauce
- salt and pepper to season
- Up to 2 poached eggs per person
- 2 to 3 ounces thinly sliced baked ham per person
Makes about 10 three inch biscuits
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a food processor, blend together the flour baking powder and soda.
Pulse in the shortening and butter. Do not over incorporate the shortening and butter into the flour. Similar to making a flaky pastry, small pieces of butter should be visible in the flour.
Transfer this mixture from the food processor into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Toss in the cheddar and chives.
Pour in the buttermilk. Working very quickly with a wooden spoon, fold the dry mixture through the buttermilk, only until the flour disappears, then stop immediately.
Drop the sticky dough onto a well floured counter top or bread board. Sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour as well as flouring your hands to handle the dough. I don't even use a rolling pin for these biscuits, the dough is soft enough to pat it out gently with floured hands to a thickness of about 1 & ½ inches.
Using a sharp 3 inch or larger biscuit cutter cut the biscuits out an place them, almost touching, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Alternately, you can cut the dough into three or for inch squares with a sharp knife. I recommend aluminum baking sheets because they tolerate the higher oven temperature without burning the bottom of the biscuits.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits are evenly golden brown.
Sauté the garlic in the oil over medium heat for just a minute before adding the tomatoes, brown sugar, chili sauce, salt, pepper.
Continue to cook for several minutes until the tomatoes soften and the compote reduces to a jam-like consistency. Add the balsamic vinegar in the final minute or two of cooking before serving.
Split the biscuits and top with the poached eggs and lightly fried ham and poached eggs before topping with some of the tomato compote.
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