Gordon Ramsay's Eggs Benedict



1 tbsp. black peppercorns

10 tarragon sprigs

2 cups plus 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar, divided

3 large egg yolks

1 cup unsalted butter, melted and skimmed

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

4 large eggs

2 English muffins, split and toasted

4 slices cured ham (like Parma or Serrano)


1. Combine peppercorns, tarragon and 2 cups vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; discard peppercorns and tarragon. Set aside 2 teaspoons vinegar reduction in a small bowl. (Save remainder in an airtight container for another use.)

2. Bring 1 quart water to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Place a heatproof bowl on the pan. Add egg yolks and vinegar reduction; whisk constantly until it forms ribbons when the whisk is lifted.

3. Remove bowl from heat, and slowly whisk in ¼ cup melted butter. Return bowl to saucepan, and cook 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Repeat process with remaining butter until hollandaise mixture reaches a consistency slightly looser than mayonnaise. Whisk in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.

4. Boil 3 inches of water in a large saucepan over high heat; reduce heat to medium, and maintain at a light simmer. Add remaining vinegar, and stir briskly to form a vortex. Break 1 egg, and slip into vortex. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes, and remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining eggs.

5. Spread a small amount of hollandaise on each muffin half; top each with 1 ham slice and 1 poached egg. Top with more sauce.