Eggs Bennett (serves 6-8)
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbs unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
3 tbs shortening, cold and cut into cubes
3/4 c buttermilk
8 eggs (or one for each biscuit)
2 tbs white vinegar
Ham & Gravy:
3-4 slices country ham
4 tbs unsalted butter
2 tbs flour
2 c whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Green onions for garnish, optional
- Preheat oven to 450º. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and soda. Whisk to distribute evenly. Cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender until the fat is incorporated and the size of peas. Stir in the buttermilk gently until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a disk about 1-inch thick. Cut out biscuits using a 2-inch biscuit cutter. You may re-pat the dough once to get more biscuits. Arrange biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and top with 1/4 tsp of butter. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- In a shallow saucepan, heat 2 inches of water to a simmer. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and stir to create a vortex in the pan. Crack the egg into a ramekin and gently slide it into the vortex. Stir around the egg to help the whites come together. Cook until the whites are set, about 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with 3 more eggs, then change the water and start the process over with the remaining eggs.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the country ham slices and fry until browned on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Add the butter to the hot pan and let it melt. Add the flour and whisk it to remove lumps. Cook about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the crispy bits up. Continue to whisk until gravy thickens, about 6-8 minutes. Taste, then season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Assemble the dish by cutting the biscuits in half. Top with half a slice of ham and a poached egg. Finish with gravy and garnish with green onions if desired. Serve immediately.