Monday, April 8, 2013

Mexican Egg Benedict Recipe and Some Exciting News


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My family members are big fans of Egg Benedict!  We have it for breakfast quite often.  Instead of the same old Egg Benedict, I make different variations all the time, such as this hearty, yet refreshing Mexican Egg Benedict. 

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The traditional Egg Benedict consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. Those are good, but this Mexican Egg Benedict is even better!

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My Mexican Egg Benedict consists of toasted English muffin, topped with ground beef seasoned with taco seasonings; then covered with grated Jarlsberg Cheese (it’s mild and nutty) and sliced Avocados from Mexico (super smooth and creamy).  Then I topped it with a perfectly poached egg, a drizzle of salsa, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, and served with a couple of lime wedges.  If that doesn't sound like the perfect breakfast, I don’t know what does.  I think Mamma is always right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and let’s make sure we all eat well.

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Before we head over to the recipe and pictorial, I want to tell you about some exciting news!  So, are you ready?  I bet you are.  Here are the juicy details.  I’m joining Kitchen PLAY’s Breakfast Duos event, featuring Jarlsberg cheese and Avocados from Mexico.  It’s a great party that you don’t want to miss.  Yes, you are invited to the Breakfast Duos Twitter Party!  Best of all, it’s free to join and there is a treasure hunt at the party.  So, please follow all of the ten Breakfast Duos posts here and collect the clues about Jarlsberg and Avocados from Mexico that are included. They could be your ticket to winning one of six fabulous prizes at the Twitter Party (valued at approximately $100 each).  And my friends and readers, here’s is my clue for you:  Jarlsberg is available in a wheel, in a loaf, and in deli slices.  So, what are you waiting for?  Simply click here to register for the Twitter Party.

Jarlsberg & Avocado (FINAL)

Wait, that’s not all, Avocado from Mexico is running an awesome sweepstakes and here is some of the information:
-Enter to win $2000 worth of cookware and other great prizes including free groceries!
-Over 500 prizes will be awarded
-You can enter on the Avocados From Mexico
breakfast sweepstakes page
-Hurry, sweepstake ends April 14th!
For more information and to enter the sweepstakes, please click here.

Please also join Avocado from Mexico’s Facebook page here and follow all of their exciting news.

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Alright, now that I've got all those exciting news covered, let’s check out more pictures of this scrumptious Mexican Egg Benedict, shall we?

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I love poached eggs and I can probably make one with my eyes closed, or not.  I love that the gorgeous yolk runs all over and mixes with the rest of the ingredients.   

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Here’s how I make these beautiful Mexican Egg Benedict. 
1) Split the English muffins in half and toast them to golden brown and crispy.
2) Grate the Jarlsberg cheese, set aside.
3) With a wooden spatula, break the ground beef into small pieces as they brown in the skillet.
4)  Then, add the taco seasoning package.  Set beef aside.

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Next, we get the poached eggs ready.  Here’s how to make the perfect poached egg:

1) Bring a small pot of water to a simmer, NOT boil, just simmer.
2) Add about a teaspoon of vinegar into the water. 
3) Stir with a wooden spoon in one direction to create the circular motion in the water.
4) Gently slide the egg into the water.  (Note: it’s better to crack the egg into a small bowl first instead of cracking the egg directly into the water to prevent breakage)
5) Let the egg cook for 2 minutes, the circular motion in the water will help fold in the egg white.  Then, gently flip the egg and cook for another minute or two, until the egg white is set and the yolk is still soft.
6) With a slotted spoon, remove the egg from the water and gently tap on a paper towel to remove excess water.

Note: I usually poach two to three eggs at a time.

How to make perfectly Poached Eggs


Last but not least, let's get the avocado slices ready.  Here’s how to cut the avocado to get the perfect slices:

1) With a sharp knife, run the knife over and around the skin of the avocado to split it in half.
2) Gently twist the two sides and it’ll split in two halves.
3) Tap the knife into the pit and twist.
4) The pit should come right off.
5) Slice the flesh of the avocado; be careful not to cut through the skin.
6) With a large spoon placed between the flesh and the skin scoop the flesh out.  You should get perfectly sliced avocados.

How to Slice an Avocado

Now that we've got all the ingredients ready, here’s how to assemble the Mexican Egg Benedict:

1) Place the toasted English muffin on the serving plate.
2) Spoon the cooked ground beef on top in a single layer, as much or as little as you want.
3) Sprinkle a layer of grated Jarlsberg cheese on top.  The heat from the ground beef will melt it slightly.
4) Place a few slices of Avocado on top.
5) Top with the poached egg.
6) Drizzle the salsa, sprinkle some fresh cilantro leave on top, and serve with a couple of lime wedges, enjoy!

Assembling the Mexican Egg Benefict

Pretty simple, isn't it?  I hope you all enjoy today’s recipe and give it a try soon.  I know you'll love it.  Please don’t forget to register for the twitter party and sign up for the sweepstakes!  Good luck everyone.

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Kitchen PLAY, Jarlsberg cheese and Avocados from Mexico.  All opinions are 100% my own.



Mexican Egg Benedict: (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 8

4 English muffins
8 ounces Jarlsberg cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasonings
6 tablespoons water
8 large eggs
2 teaspoon vinegar
3 to 4 Avocados from Mexico, cut into slices
1 cup chunky salsa
a small bunch fresh cilantro
2 limes, cut into wedges

Split the English muffins in half and toast them to golden brown and crispy.  Grate the Jarlsberg cheese, set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil on high heat.  Add the ground beef into the skillet.  With a wooden spatula, break the ground beef into small pieces as they brown.  Drain off excess fat and water from the cooked beef.  Then, add the taco seasoning package and 6 tablespoons of water.  Cook until sauce is thickened.  Set aside.

To prepare the poached eggs:

Bring a small pot of water to a simmer, NOT boil, just simmer.  Crack the eggs into small bowls.  Add about a teaspoon of vinegar into the water.  Stir with a wooden spoon in one direction to create the circular motion in the water. Gently slide the egg into the water.  Cook 2 to 3 eggs at a time.

Let the egg cook for 2 minutes, the circular motion in the water will help fold in the egg white.  Then, gently flip the egg and cook for another minute or two, until the egg white is set and the yolk is still soft.  With a slotted spoon, remove the egg from the water and gently tap on a paper towel to remove excess water.

If the water level is low, add more water and vinegar as needed.  Remember to bring water back to a simmer before adding the eggs.

To assemble the Mexican Egg Benedict:

Place the toasted English muffin on the serving plates.  Spoon the cooked ground beef on top in a single layer, as much or as little as you want.  Sprinkle a layer of grated Jarlsberg cheese on top.  The heat from the ground beef will melt it slightly.

Place a few slices of Avocado on top of each muffin. Then, top each one with a poached egg. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of salsa on each one and sprinkle some fresh cilantro leave on top.  Serve with a couple of lime wedges and enjoy.

86 comments:

  1. Hi Amy
    I wish I can make the poach egg looking so perfect like you did. Everything looking so good in here, the muffins, the cheese, the mince beef, the poach egg.....wish when I wakes up in the morning I can have these on the table.

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    1. Thank you, Mel. :) I'm sure you can make the poached egg just as pretty. Just follow those few tips and you're all set. Oh yeah, it's so nice to have these for breakfast!

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  2. Looks very tempting, in fact I am getting hungry just looking at your fabulous pics!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my pictures. Oh....and these are so good. I get hungry whenever I look at these pictures. Can't wait to make it again.

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  3. Looks so yummy! Thnx for stopping by my space! You have a lovely blog! :)
    http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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    1. Thank you, Rita. Glad you like my blog. :) You have a wonderful space as well. Great recipes and very inspiring.

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  4. Amy, I love your Mexican way to serve eggs benedict. They are one of my favourite egg dishes and I coudln't live without eggs. Avocado is another staple at my house, so I'm sure I would love your dish for a nice, late breakfast or brunch. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you, Sissi. Oh yeah, I gotta have my eggs, avocado and cheese as well. :P These 3 are my kids' favorites too. So I always stock up.

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  5. Oh, yeah, this could be the best Eggs Benedict ever!!! And what a fun giveaway...off to collect clues :)

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Good luck at the party/sweepstakes. Hope you can join and win some great prizes. ;)

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  6. That is a very stunning looking breakfast right there! Love how you made a Mexican version of eggs benedict! The giveaway sounds exciting too!

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    1. Thank you, Ruby. Oh, hope you'll join the Twitter party and sweepstakes. There are some great prized to be won so good luck. ;)

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  7. Looks great! I love any breakfast that starts with a toasted English Muffin and involves eggs. And that is some perfectly poached egg right there!

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    1. Thank you, Monica. And I agree, gotta have some eggs for breakfast. ;)

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  8. So hungry looking at your gorgeous breakfast!

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    1. Thank you, Fong. Wish I can share some with you.

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  9. What a lovely breakfast and great shots right there!!! The poached egg make me drooling....

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    1. Thank you, Esther. Oh yeah, I love those poached eggs too. :) Happy Friday and have a great weekend.

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  10. Looks soooooo delicious! I can, no I "want" to have this for dinner! I need avocaco to make this... must plan for tomorrow instead. Your egg benedict not only looks good (what a gorgeous styling!), but they are easy to make and nice volume that I can eat for dinner.... :D I love Mexican style!

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    1. Thank you, Nami. Oh yeah, it's good portion for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner! :)

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  11. I love this version! Love eggs and avocados!

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    1. Thank you, Belinda. Glad you love the fusion egg Benedict.

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  12. OMG, I have not seen a better looking egg benedict! I love the runny yolk from the poached eggs too but I suck at poaching them:S Now that you have shown how it's done, I am going to give it one more shot:D

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    1. Oh...this is one yummy egg benedict too, besides looking good. Give poaching eggs another chance,I'm sure you'll find it easy to make after seeing the step by step. Have fun cooking and have a great weekend.

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  13. This is BEAUTIFUL! I've never poached an egg because I've been afraid. Trut me when I say I've watched a good share of videos and read tons of blogs about it and still haven't get gathered enough courage to do it. I must overcome this fear. That Twitter party sounds so exciting. I love cheese and I love avocados. Alas, I haven't got a Twitter account. Oh well... enjoy everyone else!

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    1. Thank you, Jayne. Oh...don't be afraid of poaching eggs. It's really simple and the end result is amazing. Hope you can join the Twitter party, it's free to get a Twitter account. ;) Good luck on winning, if you decided to join. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  14. I love eggs, cheese and especially avocados so this is the perfect breakfast for me. So colorful looking too.

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    1. Thank you, Mun. You're right on, this is one perfect breakfast. ;) Wish you a lovely weekend. Take care.

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  15. Ooh, yum! What a great idea.

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    1. Thank you, Katrina. Glad you love this.

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  16. This looks so YUM yet so good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Angie. Oh yes, totally scrumptious and keep me full and energized for a long time. ;)

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  17. Hola! Delicious flavors, textures and height of ingredients and happy to see it is quite simple to make as well. I think this would be perfect to eat any time of the day

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    1. Thank you, Bam. Yes, I definitely love the simplicity in the preparation. Enjoy! ;)

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  18. We enjoy taco or tortilla very much and your egg benedict is just another level of satisfaction! Love your idea!

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    1. Thank you, Veronica. Glad you love this idea. :)

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  19. i love those pics of the egg yolk lusciously oozing out ^^ tissues, please.. ^^

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    1. Thank you, Hui. Yeah...the egg yolk was amazing. :) Glad you like it.

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  20. I love this unique take on eggs benedict - looks so yummy!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like the twist to the traditional recipe. :)

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  21. What a great breakfast recipe, lots of flavor in this one! Such lovely photo's too, thanks :)

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. Glad you love this recipe and photos. ;)

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  22. Great photo's and a delicious take on Eggs Benedict!!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my twist on the traditional Egg Benedict.

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  23. These look amazing! And i'm sure i'll like it so much because I love eggs benedict but also like Mexican flavours such as avocado! Will need to try this recipe soon :)

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    1. Thank you, Daisy. I'm glad you like my creation. :) If you like egg benedict and Mexican flavors, this would be perfect for you.

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  24. Eggporn! I love all sorts of runny egg and your eggs Benedict looks perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Baby Sumo. LOL...yes, it's kind of an eggporn kind of dish. :P I think any egg lover would agree.

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  25. Oh, Amy. I would call that a great dinner! And what fun contests! And I think you must be a very good one handed photographer!

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    1. Thank you, Abbe. Hope you'll join the Twitter party and sweepstakes and good luck. :)

      Oh yeah, I have taken many pictures with just one hand....but not a very good one as my camera is way to heavy for using with just one hand! :P I'm known to spill and splash things while pouring ingredients and trying to capture a shot for the pictorial! hahaha...but it's always fun to look at the end results (the pictures, not the mess that I have to clean up).

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  26. This looks so delicious, Amy! I love avocados and Jarlsberg cheese and I always have them both on hand. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my creations and hope you'll give this a try. Be sure to join the tweeter party and the sweepstakes. ;)

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  27. Love your tutorial...its so handy! And a great breakfast recipe. Not to mention the fantastic pictures..everything looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love the pictorial, pictures and recipe. :) They were really awesome. Hope you'll give them a try soon.

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  28. Looks delicious! Love the ground beef, poached eggs, sliced avocado and salsa over the English muffins. A much healthier version of eggs benedict versus the traditional one with hollandaise sauce. Lovely post Amy!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Oh, yeah, this version is much lighter and refreshing than the traditional Egg Benedict with the hollandaise sauce. That's another reason why I love it so much.

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  29. Wow, this is a complete package! Eggs, ground beef, avocado...this is heaven!!

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    1. Thank you, Purabi. Glad you love this complete breakfast. ;)

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  30. I could live on avocado!!! This looks yum!

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy. Same here...and it would be nice to love on avocado, actually. :P

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  31. OH Wow! Amy this looks so amazingly delicious...I love your twist and it's a yummy one! I want it now!:))

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. Glad to hear that you love my twist on the classic Egg Benedict. ;) My family certainly loved this too.

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  32. Hi Amy, your Mexican egg benedict look heavenly. Can pass me 1 set please. Always enjoy your presentation, they look so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the step by step method and wonderful recipe.

    Congrat, look like it's a great party. Enjoy!
    Have a nice week ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. Yes, this is one delicious breakfast! Wish I can send over a set through email! Haha...I'm sure that can happen someday in the future. ;) Yes, I'm sure it'll be a great party! Wish you can join in for some fun and great prizes.

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  33. I don't eat beef, but this sure looks delicious. I love the vibrant colors of the salsa along with the avocado. Did I mention I LOVE eggs benedict and poached eggs? Thanks for sharing your recipe on how to make poached eggs. Now, if only mine turns out as nice as your's. =)

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    1. Thank you, Candice. If you don't eat beef, you can substitute with ground turkey, chicken, or pork. Or mix veggies for a vegetarian version. ;) Glad you like my pictorial. It's pretty easy to follow and I'm sure your poached eggs will come out as beautiful as mine. ;) Wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  34. Cheese party's are the best! I love your take on eggs benedict and will def. have to try them this way!!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love my twist on the egg benedict. Hope you can join the party and sweepstakes for fun and prizes. Good luck. :)

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  35. this is a gorgeous dish - i love all the flavors in here!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn. Glad you love this recipe. Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead.

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  36. eggs benedict never really appealed to me, mostly because i don't like to make or eat hollandaise! this twist is very appetizing--great use of the duo! :)

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    1. Thank you, Grace. Yeah, the hollandaise sauce could be too rich and heavy. Glad you love this lighter version. ;) Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  38. Beautiful blog..love your recipes and step by step photos!
    I love breakfast for dinner and I think your creation would be perfect;-)

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    1. Thank you, Patty. Glad you like my recipe and pictorial. :) Yes, these would be perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. :P Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  39. Oh Amy! This is fantastic. I cam imagine the layers of flavor bursting in my mouth in every bite...too delicious!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my creation. :) Wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  40. Wow - seriously my husband would love this. He is an eggs benedict fan anyway but I think the mexican twist would just push it over the edge.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Oh yeah, the mexican twist of this dish makes it lighter and refreshing than the traditional egg Benedict. ;) Hope you'll give this a try.

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  41. Hi Amy, First time here and loved your blog...just going through ur recipes and bookmarked many..count me as you Happy Follower....

    Kamalika
    http://silencesings.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Kamalika. You have a lovely blog yourself. :) I'm more than happy to follow you back. Please let me know if you've tried any of my recipes. Have a wonderful week.

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  42. Hi Amy !

    thanks for the step-by-step recipe for Mexican eggs Benedict. it looks gorgeous. i'll certainly try it soon.

    Have a great weekend !

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    1. Thank you, Tanu. Please let me know how you like it after trying. Have a wonderful week. Take care.

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  43. All I can add is YEAHHHHHHHH, Baby.
    This looks DEeelish! X

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    1. Thank you, Dear. Glad you like my creation. Yes, these were delicious and I can't wait to make them again. :) Have a wonderful week.

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