The Eggs Benedict Wish List

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All the tools you need (or just really really really want) to make the perfect Eggs Benedict at home.

I’ve become an Eggs Benedict expert getting this topic ready for the site. Here’s what I’ve learned is needed to make the perfect benny. You probably already have most of the stuff in your kitchen. But I bet there are one or two things that’ll tempt you…

Rainbow Whisk


 OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk: A great whisk is necessary in any Hollandaise recipe. This is my favorite. But our editor-in-chief swears by a flat whisk like this one. Or get faaannncy with a rainbow one.

Culina 8″ Strainer: A strainer will make poaching eggs a cinch. We can’t wait to tell you about this perfect poaching technique!

For the stovetop Hollandaise sauce you’ll need a small saucepan with a good thick base for even cooking. And for poaching eggs, a larger saucepan. We love this set by T-fal. The multi-layer steel, aluminum and copper base does the even-cooking thing perfectly.

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Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids: Let’s be honest, every kitchen deserves a good set of mixing bowls. One of these is great to use as an ice bath for poached eggs. You’ll also need a big bowl of ice water if you make the classic Hollandaise sauce.

But really, we urge you to try the blender Hollandaise. You are not going to believe how easy easy easy it is. So yeah, you’ll want a good blender: KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender .

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set: So you get every last drop of Hollandaise out of your blender.

I’m crazy about griddles. And about cast iron. I want this for frying up Canadian bacon, don’t you? Oh, and you’ll use it to make your own English muffins from scratch too. Yes. We are so doing that.

We put our toasted English muffins and grilled Canadian bacon on sheet pans to stay warm in the oven while we whip up Hollandaise sauce. So get two of these.

OXO Good Grips Butter Dish: This one’s personal. I don’t have a decent butter dish after mine was mysteriously lost during a cross-country move.

Cheese Spreader Set: We’ve got this amazing thing called Hollandaise Butter that we’re going to tell you about soon. You are going to want (need!) something fancy to spread it with. And we promise, you’ll be spreading it everywhere. Yes. Everywhere. Mmmm.


Amy Bowen

Amy had no clue how to cook until she became the food reporter for a daily newspaper in Minnesota. At 25, she even struggled with boxed mac and cheese. These days, Amy is a much better cook, thanks to interviewing cooks and chefs for more than 10 years. She even makes four cheese macaroni and cheese with bacon, no boxed mac in sight. Amy is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.