"Eggs Benedict seems pretty simple," writes Alicia Lamoureux on Drexel U's TableMatters blog. "Really, it's just a poached egg, hollandaise, and a toasted English muffin. Even the meat is be optional. So why does such a simple dish, with origins as a hangover cure, bear a "DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME" label?"
Ah, because the poached egg and hollandaise require a bit of technique, perhaps.
Lamoureux presents three important don'ts to any Benedict rookie: "Don't boil the water," "don't harass the egg," and "most importantly, just don't panic."
She passes along three recipes: the Classic Benedict, Huevos Benedictos, and Eggs Florentine. The Classic includes my fool-proof hollandaise recipe, but the other two recipes are hollandaise-free.