Hollandaise with a nip

Eggs Benedict with a Southwestern flair
JERRY ANNE DI VECCHIO

Southwest Eggs Benedict

Low-fat cooking techniques nearly always produce delicious alternatives for calorie-laden dishes. But to my taste, butter is vital to hollandaise sauce, and there's just no satisfying substitute. This means that eggs Benedict are reserved for a rare indulgence, usually during the holidays.

To give this old classic a festive presentation, consider a Southwestern version. Chilies really wake up the hollandaise, cornbread replaces the English muffins, and bacon, avocado, and beans complete the plate.

This interpretation isn't any less excessive ― just livelier and harder to resist, with onion and the ground chili replacing eggs as the sauce's foundation.