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Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style

Loreto April 20, 2019

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Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style, an amazing take on a breakfast classic taking it to new levels of flavor!

Easter is Here!

Easter morning in Italy is always an important start to the festive day. So why not make a Benny a little Italian!

Grilled mortadella, perfectly poached eggs, roasted peppers and dressed tomatoes, and the creme de la creme,  a rose hollandaise sauce all on a toasted ciabatta bun, now that’s an Italian Benny!

Song of the day: “Feels Like the First Time” by Foreigner.

Easter Eggs benny Italian-style

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style, this will be the perfect Easter breakfast.

Set the table, create the mood of spring and color and sit down to a really luxuriously lavish rich meal. Easter is about color and adventure. Take a trip with me in the world of Eggs Benedict because I have added a  little twist of my own!

Happy Easter everyone,  Buona Pasqua!



The Italian Centre Shop

I love going to The Italian Centre Shop around Easter. Why is that you ask?  Well when you walk in you are going to see all these huge Easter eggs, Colomba, and so much more  in their Easter display. The best part is all the people stalking up on food for the up and coming Easter weekend.

The Sounds and Aromas!

There is this hustle and bustle, Easter meal ideas manifesting, people showing their love through food. The aromas of meats and cheeses, fresh bread, pastries and that familiar Sunday aroma of coffee brewing.

This store is not just another place to get groceries, it is an experience of the Italian culture, and the perfect place to get all the goods to make this Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style!

Easter Eggs benny Italian-style

This is what you will need……………..

  • Organic free range eggs
  • Mortadella
  • Ciabatta buns
  • Butter
  • Red and Yellow bell peppers
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Mutti Pizza sauce
  • Garlic

A little side note:

Ask the deli person to cut the Mortadella nice and thick. Abut 1/4 inch thick. As you can see I cut it into squares and the trimmings, well I did have to do some quality control right?

Love the grill on the mortadella, looks good and I don’t know if you have ever tasted grilled mortadella but it is fantastic!

Easter Eggs benny Italian-style

Hollandaise Sauce…….

Hollandaise is not the easiest sauce to make but when you get it down it is the richest most luxurious things you can ever taste, however it does take a few tries. However, I would not rule out that there are many of you out there that might rock it on the first try.

Store bought will work:

If you can’t get it or don’t want to make hollandaise from scratch, the store bought packets work quite well.

It is quite easy just melt butter, add water and hollandaise powder, then whisk and let it simmer to a nice thickness and consistency. This is where you add the pizza sauce or pureed tomatoes and what ever seasoning you want. The Italian Centre Shop has the hollandaise packets!

Try it from Scratch……..

The scratch method involves patience. A double boiler is needed and really fresh eggs, and keeping the temperature on an even low grade is of vital importance. Lemon juice or white vinegar helps to give that bit of acidity to the eggs and whisking constantly while adding the melted butter ends in a creamy rich sauce similar to a Bearnaise however richer and more vibrant in color.

The Choice is yours…….

You have options so choose which one you want to do. Check out the recipe below.

Easter Eggs benny Italian-style

Organization is key……..

Firstly prep everything so it is ready to go, because there is not a lot of time in between to do things, which means peppers need to be charred and prepped and tomatoes dressed and seasoned . Secondly get the mortadella grilled, thirdly eggs need to be poached and while those eggs are poaching the Hollandaise is put together. Finally time to assemble and then the best part time to eat.


I did make two kinds of Bennies, one with roasted  peppers, and the other with dressed tomatoes. Both equally delicious and different in their own right. You decide!

Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style

Breakfast is ready………

I love setting a table. Once a creative force, always an artist. It’s Easter and I think of lovely soothing pastel colors.  As a result, some shopping was in order for props at Home Sense a wonderful home decor with so much more store. Hence, I think I have captured the essence of the Spring Easter celebration. Enough talk, time to taste this wonderful creation.

Flavor…. Flavor…. Flavor…….

OMG love this Benny. The ciabatta beautifully toasted with a nice smidgen of butter. In comes the mortadella. It  is absolutely amazing and that little char adds such a nice flavor to the already incredible taste of this Italian deli meat. Now for the luxury the roasted peppers are sweet smoky and pair so well with the wonderfully perfectly poached egg, similarly, the tomatoes also enhance this breakfast dish. I love how when you cult into the egg and that yolk just runs and coats everything in this Benny.

Now for the Star!

Let’s talk the star of the show the hollandaise. This sauce is utterly luxurious. The tomato sauce adds such a richness to the mix, hence the incredible rose color. That addition of the dill and the other seasoning deepens the overall flavor of this Hollandaise and how it runs and plays with every texture and ingredient in this Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style, as a result it is a dance of flavor and texture all in its own.

Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style

Final Thoughts:

It is Easter, with that comes some spiritual thoughts and a feeling of rebirth and renewal. I love how it happens in spring and we begin to see the buds beginning and sprouts of perennials coming out of their slumber. Easter is a time to reflect and be grateful and to take advantage of the energy of creativity.

A Special Easter!

This Easter is extra special because Nicoletta gets back this afternoon. It has been a long time and I am so looking forward to seeing her. The nice part about being apart is the reuniting feels like the first time that I saw her many years ago. I have a lot to be grateful for!

On a simpler note you don’t have to wait for Easter to make this breakfast, because everyday is special in its own way.

Head to The Italian Centre Shop and get these ingredients tomorrow is Easter! Make this one a most noteworthy one!

Happy Easter Everyone! Thanks for following us and helping our dream come true!


Song of the day: “Feels Like the Very First Time” by Foreigner.

Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style

Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Fusion


Easter is upon us and with that thoughts on what to make Easter day. How about a wonderful rich and luxurious Eggs Benny with an Italian twist. Starting from the bottom up, A wonderfully toasted ciabatta bun, moving up to a nicely grilled mortadella. Then a choice of either roasted peppers or dressed tomatoes Italian style. The star of the show poached egg beautifully garnished with a rich buttery and velvety rose’ hollandaise sauce and fresh chopped basil. Now that is a perfect Easter breakfast!

Happy Easter everyone!


Eggs benny

  •  Organic free range  chicken eggs
  • 1 ciabatta bun cut in half and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons e.v.o. oil
  • 1/4 inch thick slice of San Daniele mortadella trimmed and cut into 4 equal squares
  • Red bell pepper
  •  Yellow bell pepper
  • 1 heirloom tomato
  • 34 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Hollandaise sauce (home made):

  • 2 organic free range chicken eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 250 g organic salted butter
  • Dash onion powder, garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 23 tablespoon Mutti pizza sauce

Hollandaise store bought dry packet:

  • 1 packet of dry hollandaise sauce mix
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 23 tablespoons Mutti pizza sauce


  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil



  1. Turn oven to high grill.
  2. Wash and dry off peppers, place in a parchment line pan and place in the oven. Check on them as the char turn so peppers get charred all the way around. 10 minutes in the oven.
  3. Take peppers out of oven, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let cool.
  4. Once the peppers are cool , peel the charred skin of and clean out inside, then chop into thin slivers.
  5. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in bowl with peppers.
  6. Season with salt and add minced garlic stem removed and toss, set aside.


  1. Slice tomato into thin rounds and put on a dish.
  2. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle chopped fresh basil on top, set aside.


  1. Grease grilling pan with olive oil, bring to medium to high heat and place mortadella squares on pan.
  2. When grill marks appear on the underside 1-2 minutes turn 180 degrees and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Turn over and do the same. take off heat. Place in oven at low low heat about 200 degrees F, to keep warm.


  1. In a large saute’ pan fill with water till half full. Add 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar and place on medium heat.
  2. When water starts to boil slowly crack eggs into separate ramekin then slide it into the water. Cook for 3-5 minutes, scoop out with slotted spoon and place on a oven safe plate, and put into oven with mortadella.

Hollandaise sauce:

  1. Pour about 1 inch of water into a medium sauce pan. Bring to a low simmer.
  2. At the same time melt the butter in another pot an low heat.
  3. Separate the yolks from two eggs and place into a glass bowl with 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, and put bowl onto of pot.
  4. Whisk eggs and vinegar until they turn a bit pale and double in quantity.
  5. Slowly add melted butter a little at a time whisking constantly. sprinkle with garlic and onion powder and dill. whisk to blend.
  6. Continue till all butter is in and mixture thickens add tomato sauce and season with salt to taste, whisk again.
  7. Place hollandaise in thermos to keep warm.

Store bought hollandaise:

  1. Put butter into a sauce pan, melt on low heat then add cold water take off heat and whisk in hollandaise dry powder packet. Whisk well and return to medium heat, bring to a boil then turn down heat and simmer to 3 minutes.
  2. Season with onion, garlic powder, dried dill, and when sauce thickens add in Mutti pizza sauce. Take off heat and place in a thermos to keep warm.


  1. Spread butter on ciabatta slices and put in a toaster oven for 2-3 minutes until top turns a golden brown.
  2. Take out of oven and place on separate dishes.


  1. Place two grilled mortadella squares on top of toasted ciabatta slices.
  2. On one put the roasted red and yellow peppers, and on the other the dressed tomatoes.
  3. Top with the poached eggs and drizzle the Rose’ hollandaise sauce on top.
  4. Garnish with some fresh chopped basil and serve with roasted potatoes with fresh chopped green onion.
  5. Ready to serve!

Happy Easter!


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Easter Eggs Benny Italian-Style

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

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    Reply Danielle Wolter April 22, 2019 at 11:46 am

    this would be a great recipe for mother’s day too! it sounds incredible, I especially like the sound of the pizza sauce in the hollandaise.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 23, 2019 at 10:52 am

      Hi Danielle
      Yes the pizza sauce added such a nice hit of sweet acidity to the hollandaise mix and also loved the color. This Benny is so Italian through out! Thank you!

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    Reply Gloria | Homemade & Yummy April 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    What a wonderful dish for Easter brunch. I would use it for any special occasion brunch…like Mother’s and Father’s Day too. My family would devour these for sure. Fancy dining right at home.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 23, 2019 at 10:51 am

      You got it Gloria, these are a great luxurious brunch anytime. Thank you for stopping by, and have fun cooking!

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    Reply Kylie | Midwest Foodie April 23, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Eggs benedict are my faaaaaaaaave. But would you believe I’ve never made them at home!?!? I’ll definitely be trying this recipe for my next ladies brunch. My friends are going to love it!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 23, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Kylie
      I am sure the brunch crowd is going to love this. Such amazing flavors and textures going on. Thanks for taking a look at this post and have a great day!

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    Reply Amanda April 24, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    What a delicious recipe! The benedict sauce is so rich and luscious that I can’t stop eating it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 27, 2019 at 9:36 am

      Hi Amanda, thank you. The hollandaise was amazing so tasty with that tomatoey hit!

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    Reply Denise April 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    This is incredible! Eggs Benedict is my favorite when dining out for breakfast, your recipe takes it to a completely different level! Thank you for sharing!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 27, 2019 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Denise, my mind is always creating sometimes a blessing sometimes not all in all it is who I am and as for this dish the creativity worked quite well!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Loreto out!

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    Reply Analida Braeger April 26, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    This looks so wonderful ! My son is constantly cooking eggs benedict for himself , his friends, and us ! I will have to show him this recipe 🙂 he will love it !

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 27, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Hi Analida, that is wonderful that your son is passionate about Eggs Benny. I would be so happy if he tried this recipe!
      Let me know how he likes it!

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    Reply Amanda Mason April 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Oh this looks delish! And I wish I was in Italy because that store sounds amazing!! Do you have a link for online shopping? Loving these ingredients and I’d eat this any weekend morning!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Hi Amanda Thank you!
      Actually the store is right here in Edmonton. It is a little Italy right in a western Canada city. It has been around for a long time and is just a delight to shop in.
      Have a wonderful day!

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    Reply Julie April 28, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    What a fantastic take on a breakfast classic! I will always always always take savory breakfast over sweet, so this is right up my alley!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Hi Julie so glad you like my little bit of Italian in a breakfast classic. The flavors were amazing together!
      Happy breakfast time, it doesn’t have to be Easter to enjoy this luxurious dish!

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    Reply Saima April 28, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    What an attractive way to cook eggs! I love eggs and can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Will be saving this to make next weekend!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:15 am

      Thanks Saima. I love eggs too. My daughter is a big fan of breakfast for supper. I think you are going to love this. The hollandaise is a bit tricky however don’t give up. Once you get it it becomes very easy to make it.

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    Reply Linda April 28, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    My husband and I enjoy a good brunch on the weekend and this recipe sounds so perfect.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:17 am

      Thank you Linda for checking this Benny out!. I think it is perfect for a brunch setting. The Italian flavors sure add some very interesting and delicious textures and flavors!
      Happy Brunch to you!

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    Reply Jagruti Dhanecha April 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

    What a fantastic dish to serve on Easter day, or any other special day, love the idea of adding pizza sauce for more flavours.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Hi Jagnuti, so happy you like this. The pizza sauce does add a nice color and flavor to the already amazing hollandaise sauce and in partnership with the other ingredients makes it truly a home run!

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    Reply Jo April 29, 2019 at 1:38 am

    This is an incredible brunch recipe. The recipe sounds delicious and boy that Easter eggs benny looks ultra delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:20 am

      Thanks Jo, really proud at how this turned out. I had some issues with the hollandaise but persevered and won in the end! Hope you get to try this!
      Happy cooking!

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    Reply Lauren April 29, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Eggs bene is the way to my brunch loving heart! What a delicious way to celebrate the holiday. That creamy hollandaise is everything! I’m looking forward to trying it with mortadella!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 30, 2019 at 6:21 am

      Hi Lauren, I too absolutely love hollandaise and with the sauce left over the weeks menu can be embellished in such a lavish way!
      Have fun cooking!
      Loreto out!

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