Poached Eggs Florentine

Total Time
30mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
20 mins

Our version of the classic served on whole-wheat toast.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. CHEESE SAUCE: Mix the cornstarch to a paste with about a 1/4 cup of the milk. Pour the remaining milk and butter into a nonstick saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer.
  2. Stir the boiling milk into the cornstarch mixture, then pour back into the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring. Once it has thickened, simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the Gruyère cheese, salt, pepper, and optional nutmeg. Cover the surface of the sauce with parchment paper to prevent a skin from forming and set aside in a warm place.
  4. SPINACH: Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the green onion (or leeks) and saute' for about 3 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the spinach and stir over medium heat for 2–3 minutes until the spinach has wilted and the leeks are tender.
  6. Drain the vegetables in a sieve or fine mesh strainer, pressing down with the back of a spoon to remove any excess moisture. Return to the pan and season with dill, salt, and pepper. Cover and keep warm.
  7. EGGS: half-fill a medium sized frying pan with water and bring to a simmer. Add the vinegar. Break in the eggs, and cook gently for 3–4 minutes, spooning the hot water over the yolks. Lift out the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
  8. Preheat the broiler. Place the whole wheat toast slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread the leek and spinach mixture evenly over each toast. Make a hollow in each spinach mixture using the back of a spoon and place a poached egg in each hollow.
  9. Spoon the cheese sauce over the eggs. Lightly dust with paprika, then place the dish under the broiler. Broil until just lightly browned.
Most Helpful

5 5

Wonderful breakfast. I wasn't sure about the wheat toast instead of English muffins, but it was delicious. I liked the spinach cooked with dill & onions. The steps in the recipe go much easier with two people in the kitchen; after I did the spinach, my hubby did the eggs and I made the cheese sauce. Next time I'd make a couple of changes based on my personal preference: I think the sauce needed a little more milk (or less cornstarch) to be less goopy. And I'd like about 50% more spinach. But it was wonderful the way it was; thanks for sharing this recipe!

5 5

This made a very nice breakfast, scaled back for 2. I loved the spinach, used less dill. Thank you for a tasty meal!