This ranchero benedict is a wonderful low carb brunch that is loaded with fantastic flavors! With steak, poached eggs, avocado, salsa, and chipotle Hollandaise.
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This recipe is completely inspired by a dish at my favorite local diner! Here's how it is listed in their menu:
Ranchero Benedict – Poached Eggs, Avocado, Tender Pieces of Skirt Steak on an English Muffin, topped with a Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce and Pico de Gallo”
Doesn't that sound good?!? Obviously I skip the muffin, which is a shame because if it was there it would soak up a lot of the egg yolk and sauce. I decided to create my own version, and realized that it was pretty involved! So if you have a friend or family member to help – that would be good. Having said that, in the recipe card below I've given the way that I made it, but here's some other ideas, taking one component at a time:
- Poached Eggs: I think I only attempted this because of a new egg cooker that I bought in the Black Friday sales. It makes hard-boiled, soft-boiled, and poached eggs, as well as omelet! I've never found an easier way to do a small number of poached eggs (it only cooks two at a time), and they always come out perfect – with no effort at all! If you need to cook more than two eggs, try poached eggs in the Instant Pot.
- Avocado: This could be sliced, mashed, or you could even use guacamole.
- Steak: I used top round that was already sliced – ready for a stir fry I think. For a more substantial meal you could use a whole sirloin steak, or even replace it with a ham steak.
- Muffin: I found that I really didn't miss the muffin with everything else going on! But you could try my 90 second bread or even a toasted low carb tortilla.
- Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce: This I made from scratch – although you'll only need half of it for two people. But I have provided instructions for warming and what you can do with the leftovers! But if you wanted to cheat you could use jarred Hollandaise and stir in some chipotle powder!
- Pico de Gallo: For this I used a low carb salsa – Green Mountain Gringo from Netrition is my favorite and is available in mild, medium, or hot.
- Garnish: I used slices of fresh jalapeño and some chipotle powder. If I had had any fresh cilantro I would have added that too!
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How to Make Low Carb Ranchero Benedict
As already mentioned, this recipe has a lot of things going on at once! So I recommend preparing the avocado and garnish first, plus the muffin alternatives (if using). Also bear in mind that if you're poaching the eggs by any other method, or like your steak more well done than I do, then the order might change. Yes, there are a lot of variables, but the final result is worth it.
Start making the chipotle hollandaise by following my recipe. While that is cooking, set the poached eggs going in the egg cooker.
AND at the same time, heat a large skillet or grill pan. Season the steak with salt and pepper and cook until done to your liking (I like mine rare!).
Let the steak rest a little, then transfer it to two serving plates. Top with the salsa.
Add the avocado on top, and then a poached egg when it is ready. And yes – they come out of the egg cooker in these half moon shapes – not traditional but given that it is hands-off cooking, I really don't mind!
Finally, top everything with the chipotle Hollandaise.
Garnish, and enjoy!
I have to say, this is one of the best things I've made in a long time. The effort was REALLY worth it! When you cut open the poached egg and the yolk starts mixing with the avocado and steak – SO GOOD!!!
- Start making the chipotle hollandaise by following my recipe. While that is cooking, set the poached eggs going in the egg cooker.
- AND at the same time, heat a large skillet or grill pan. Season the steak with salt and pepper and cook until done to your liking.
- Let the steak rest a little, then transfer it to two serving plates. Divide the salsa and avocado between them, then add the poached eggs when they are ready.
- Finally, top everything with the chipotle Hollandaise. Garnish, and enjoy!
3.5g net carbs per serving. High fat, low carb, and high protein recipe.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size Half the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 833Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 522mgSodium 423mgCarbohydrates 11gNet Carbohydrates 3.5gFiber 7.5gProtein 47g
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