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Luxe Eggs Florentine with Cheese Sauce

Updated on April 17, 2013
The main ingredients for Luxe Eggs Florentine
The main ingredients for Luxe Eggs Florentine | Source

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2.6 stars from 12 ratings of Eggs Florentine with Cheese Sauce

The Moniker

Florentine literally means in the style of Florence, Italy. Eggs Florentine traditionally consists of a poached egg laid on a bed of spinach and topped with either Hollandaise or Mornay sauce. All of this tops an English muffin.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c spinach, (pre-washed works well)
  • 2 English muffins
  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sprinkle Hungarian parika, (optional)
  • 1/2 c Cheese sauce, see recipe

Cook Time

Poached Eggs: 6-10 minutes

Spinach: 2 minutes

Cheese Sauce: See recipe

Eggs Florentine with the cheese sauce under the spinach.
Eggs Florentine with the cheese sauce under the spinach. | Source

Poached Eggs

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring to a boil approximately 3/4 inch water.
  2. Crack eggs into poaching molds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir egg to break yolk.
  3. Carefully place mold into boiling water; water should not get inside the mold. Cover sauce pan to seal in steam.
  4. Allow eggs to steam for approximately 6 minutes; watch carefully for desired level of doneness.
  5. Alternate ways to poach eggs: use a poaching set or poach the egg directly in water. For the latter, you must carefully stir the water around the egg.

Spinach

  1. Spray saucepan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Add spinach.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently, until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.

NB: I omit the oil to save on calories. As an alternative, you could heat 1 tsp olive oil in the pan and cook the spinach in oil.

Eggs Florentine with the cheese sauce spooned over the egg.
Eggs Florentine with the cheese sauce spooned over the egg.

Assembly

  1. While egg is cooking, before cooking spinach, toast English muffin.
  2. Place English muffin in halves on plate.
  3. Layer spinach on top of both halves.
  4. Place egg on top of spinach.
  5. Spoon 1/4 c cheese sauce over eggs.
  6. Sprinkle with Hungarian paprika, if desired.
  7. Serve immediately.


Eggs Florentine with Cheese Sauce

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 egg, 1 muffin, 1/2 c spinach, 1/4 c sauce
Calories 350
Calories from Fat153
% Daily Value *
Fat 17 g26%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 18 g36%
Cholesterol 201 mg67%
Sodium 430 mg18%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Cook Ahead Guide

  • The eggs can be pre-cooked almost all the way done then re-heated in the same manner of cooking.
  • The sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Re-heat with 1-2 T milk to return to correct consistency.

The Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse. Its deep green leaves are filled with fiber, iron, beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C (when raw). You may not turn into Popeye (unless you join the navy and find an exercise to overdevelop the forearms, but here are some of the ways eating spinach improves your diet.

  • Healthy filler: One cup of raw spinach contains 3.5 grams of fiber – twice as much as other greens -- which aids in digestion and fills you up.
  • Antioxidants: Beta-carotene helps fight heart disease and cancer as well. The beta-carotene along with the antioxidant lutein help protect the eyes from cataracts.
  • Immunity: Spinach contains vitamin C which, of course, helps prevent colds. In addition, one cup of spinach contains more than three times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A, which helps protect the body's entry points and helps fight infections.
  • Skin: Vitamin E, another antioxidant, promotes healthy skin by nourishing the cells. Vitamin A helps the skin retain moisture.

Poached Egg Recipe

Healthy alternative to an egg McMuffin.
Healthy alternative to an egg McMuffin. | Source

Alternative Poached Egg Recipe

If you don't have the time to make a cheese sauce, you can make a healthy alternative to an egg McMuffin.

  1. Poach egg.
  2. Toast English muffin or alternate bread (I used Sandwhich Thins).
  3. Layer spicy Mexican cheese on bottom bun.
  4. Add poached egg.
  5. Add bacon or other meat (sausage, Canadian bacon, ham).
  6. Add top bun.

What is a poached egg?

A poached egg in an egg that has been cooked in simmering liquid. The classic method is to deposit the egg directly in the simmering water and stirring around the egg vigorously. I use an egg form. The egg is cracked into the silicone form and deposited in simmering liquid. I cover it and let it steam for about 6 minutes. This technically provides a steamed egg, but the consistency is similar to a poached egg.

Poaching eggs is the healthiest way, along with boiled, of preparing eggs. No external fat is used, so the egg's nutrition is not altered.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Spinach is so healthy, too!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love spinach. I'm going to try this the next time I make poached eggs!

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I hope you enjoy!

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      Dena Stevens 4 years ago

      I have to admit I've never heard of Eggs Florentine, I need to get out more. But I've been making eggs and steamed spinach for breakfast for years. I'm anxious to change things up a bit and try your recipe!

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Ha, I guess it would be hard to pour The 9th Door restaurant over eggs florentine...

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for letting me know -- I'll look into the link.

      I do not want to admit how many eggs have gone awry... and I use a mold!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      This looks great! And so visually pleasing, too. My hats off to you--I am lucky to keep the yolks intact. One thing; I tried to pop over to the cheese sauce recipe, but didn't then see it...it could be me, a long day and all, but I thought to drop a bug...just in case!

      I look forward to surfing your Hubs, and thanks for your nice comment. :)