Our weather was absolutely awesome this last weekend. The blue skies and warm tropical breezes were incredible and we spent every possible minute outdoors. This of course led to dining al fresco on our deck where we celebrated the beginning of summer vacation with a luau brunch. Since my husband is from Hawaii- things Hawaiian tend to occur in our life fairly often.
Tropical fruit and macadamia nuts are obvious island choices for a Hawaiian menu. Pork is also extremely popular there as are all things coconut including coconut oil. I pulled out one of our brunch favorite recipes: Eggs Benedict and decided that tropical is better than
traditional. I revamped the Hollandaise sauce by using coconut oil instead of butter- making it far more healthy and the natural antibacterial properties of coconut oil help make the sauce a little safer since we are working with uncooked eggs. The slight hint of coconut flavor was absolutely delicious and so fabulous that my friend Mike (who is a genius!) re-named it Hawaiianaise. Trust me, you’re going to love it! It would be incredibly delicious not only for saucing up Eggs Kamehameha- you could also pour a little over grilled chicken or fish or with rice and steamed shrimp.
So, invite your friends over, whip up this recipe, cut some fresh fruit, and pour a few fruity drinks. Enjoy life outdoors before it gets too hot. Any excuse for a luau is a good one!
1 large organic lemon
1 cup plus 2 TBSP Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1tsp plus pinch of sea salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 bunch of asparagus
1 mango, peeled and sliced
4 whole grain English muffins
8 thin slices of prosciutto or other ham of choice
12 free range eggs*
1 TBSP white vinegar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat a large pot of water (fill to a depth of 4”) with lid on, bring it to boil.
Make your Hawaiianaise Sauce by separating 4 eggs and placing the eggs in your blender. Rinse lemon well and dry completely. Remove the zest (colored portion of the skin) from the entire lemon- it is easiest to do this with a zester or a fine grater. Juice the lemon and discard the seeds. Place the lemon zest, juice, pinch of sea salt, and cayenne in the blender with the yolks and blend on medium until the yolks are smooth and begin to lighten in color. With blender running gradually drizzle in 1 cup of Kelapo coconut oil (should be in liquid form so heat it slightly if yours is solid). When you finish adding the oil you should have a beautiful, pale yellow sauce that is similar to Hollandaise. If your sauce is too thick you can add a little water to loosen it
up- or you can blend it more to thicken.*
Split open English muffins and spread on a baking sheet, cut side up. Brush the tops with coconut oil and place in the oven until lightly toasted. Remove from oven, turn oven off. Place a piece of ham on each muffin half and return to the oven.
Add the remaining tsp of salt and white vinegar to the boiling pot of water. Crack one egg into a teacup. Stir the pot of boiling water clockwise to create a steady current and carefully pour the egg into the center. Repeat process with each egg- careful that they do not cook together. Remove each egg with a slotted spoon when they are cooked to the preferred level of done-ness.
As the eggs cook quickly saute the asparagus. Heat 1 tsp coconut oil over medium high heat, add the rinsed and trimmed asparagus stalks and saute until just tender. Add macadamia nuts, turn off heat and leave all in a hot pan on the burner to toast slightly as you finish preparing the other dishes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the toasted muffins from the oven and arrange them on a serving platter. Place a poached egg on each prepared muffin half, top with a slice of mango and about 2 TBSP of the Hawaiianaise sauce. If desired garnish with a little sriracha. Serve with the Asparagus. Serves 4- though you may wish you had more!
*Soft or undercooked eggs do pose a possible health risk due to the possibility of salmonella. When using recipes that call for these ingredients use the best possible eggs to reduce the risk of contamination. If your health is compromised you may prefer to purchase pasteurized eggs, to cook the eggs more, or in the case of sauces to heat them in a double boiler while stirring continuously.