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Emeril's Eggs Florentine and Potato Pancakes

Emeril Lagasse's Delicious Breakfast Recipe

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Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

To get you in the mood for Emeril's Valentine's Day Breakfast In Bed Contest, Emeril Lagasse prepared Eggs Florentine on "Good Morning America."


  • Sautéed Spinach
  • Crispy Potato Cakes
  • Mornay Sauce, recipe follows
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • Mornay Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch white pepper
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 ounces cheese (such as Swiss, Gruyere or Emmenthale), grated
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 200° F.

    Prepare the Sautéed Spinach and keep warm while you prepare the remaining components.

    Prepare the Mornay Sauce and keep warm while you prepare the remaining components. Prepare the Crispy Potato Cakes and keep warm in the oven while you poach the eggs.

    To poach the eggs: Break the eggs into individual saucers or cups. Fill a large skillet halfway with water. Add the vinegar and salt, and bring to a boil.

    Pour eggs into water, cover the skillet, and remove from the heat. Allow to sit 4 to 5 minutes.

    When the eggs are ready, divide the potato cakes evenly between 4 dinner plates and top each with some of the Sautéed Spinach. Remove the eggs from the skillet with a slotted spoon and gently place on top of the spinach and potato pancakes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Ladle some of the Mornay Sauce over the eggs and spinach, garnish with parsley, and serve.

    Mornay Sauce

    In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the roux is pale yellow and frothy, about 1 minute. Do not allow the roux to brown.

    Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil, about 2 to 3 minutes.

    Reduce the heat to a simmer and season with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Allow to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cheese and whisk until melted. If the sauce seems too thick, thin with a little milk.

    Use sauce immediately or refrigerate, surface covered with plastic wrap, for up to several days in the refrigerator.

    Makes about 2 cups

    Recipe copyright 2006, Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's Food Of Love Productions

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: eggs, cheese, spinach, nutmeg

    Course: Breakfast, Brunch

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