Smashed Potato and Smokey Tempeh Eggs Benedict
- 3 eggs
- 3 red potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 package of tempeh, cut into thin strips (you want about 6 strips)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (sub liquid aminos)
- 2.5 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup (sub honey)
- hollandaise sauce, I used this recipe, but excluded the hot sauce.
- chives, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix together your soy sauce, liquid smoke, and maple syrup. Lay your tempeh slices flat on a small baking sheet or tray. Pour your liquid mixture over the tempeh and set aside.
- Poke holes in your potatoes with a fork and wrap them in a paper towel. Microwave on high for 2 minutes just like that. When they are done, transfer the potatoes to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Smash the potatoes down with the back of a large spoon or spatula. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over the top of the potatoes.
- Bake the potatoes and tempeh in the oven for 25 minutes. Flip the tempeh halfway through.
- Poach your eggs by using this method, or any method you like.
- When the potatoes and tempeh are done, it is time to assemble. Place one smashed red potato on a plate, top with 2 slices of smokey tempeh, one poached egg and a drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Top with chives. Do this for all 3 benedicts and EAT UP.
Eggs benedict is a meal I was pretty much convinced that I could never make. Too much time. Too much effort. Not enough skill. And also much too much effort. But I’ve been playing around with smashed potatoes, learning how to make them better and quicker. And I finally have it down to an art. So when the idea to make them the base of an eggs benedict hit me, I knew I had to give it a try.
I set out to make this as easy a process as I could for myself (and for you). So I threw the potatoes and smokey tempeh “bacon”* into the oven at the same time, and just let the cards unfold as they may. But the really exciting part was finding the blender hollandaise sauce to throw on top. It just simplifies everything and allows you to focus on the important things – EATING YO FOOD.
*Side note: If you have never had tempeh before…STOP BEING AFRAID OF IT. Honestly. If you throw some soy sauce, liquid smoke, and maple syrup on that thing it will taste like a miracle in your mouth. It’s sorta like bacon, ’cause it’s smokey but it’s a ton better for your body AND it has a nice maple flavor which sends this flavor profile into the stratosphere. Just do it. Just try it.
And listen, you can trust me on this one. ‘Cause breakfast is like of the 5 most important things in the world to me. Right next to family, friends, adventure and french fries. So I don’t just recommend any ‘ole breakfast. When I tell you that this meal quite literally took my breath away, you gotta believe me. And if you don’t well then, come on over and we’ll do brunch.