Easter Brunch: Asparagus Eggs Benedict and Sweet Potato Hash

This Easter recipe combo is easy, elegant and no reservation is required.
Asparagus Eggs Benedict and Sweet Potato Hash

Asparagus Eggs Benedict and Sweet Potato Hash

Skip the restaurant and wow the brunch crowd at home this year with easy-to-make asparagus eggs Benedict and savory skillet sweet potato hash.

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

Skip the restaurant and wow the brunch crowd at home this year with easy-to-make asparagus eggs Benedict and savory skillet sweet potato hash.

For many, brunch is an Easter tradition that stands alongside egg hunts, Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies as a must-have hallmark of the holiday. Instead of facing the crowds, noise and expense of a restaurant this year, making an easy and elegant brunch at home is easier than you might think with these surprisingly simple recipes for asparagus eggs Benedict and savory sweet potato hash.

A dish  that screams “special occasion,” eggs Benedict is a brunch favorite often found on restaurant menus, but making it at home takes less time than you might think and is a stylish showstopper with any brunch bunch. Our take on the classic uses hearty bread instead of the usual English muffins and adds seasonal asparagus and employs a strategy for making hollandaise sauce that is nearly foolproof and so quick to prepare that it may be ready to go before the bread is toasted.

Asparagus eggs Benedict balanced with a simple and savory sweet potato hash (and perhaps a mimosa or two), this sure-to-please brunch will wow family and guests alike without spending too much time in the kitchen.

Asparagus Eggs Benedict

Serves four

  • 4 slices hearty bread
  • Butter
  • 4 slices ham
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 4 eggs
  • Hollandaise sauce (recipe below)

Butter bread and place bread and ham (separately) on a baking sheet.

Place baking sheet under broiler in oven for 3-4 minutes to brown ham and toast bread.

Steam asparagus in a double boiler or wrap in a wet paper towel and microwave for 3 minutes. Asparagus should bend, but remain a little firm.

Use an egg poacher to poach eggs or cook one at a time by stirring a “whirlpool” in a pot of boiling water and slowly pouring the egg into the “eye” and allowing to poach undisturbed for about 3 minutes.

Place toasted bread on four plates and top each with ham, asparagus spears and a poached egg.

Spoon a generous dollop of hollandaise sauce over the top of each and serve hot.

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 sticks butter

Place egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper in blender and blend until frothy.

In a small saucepan, melt butter and cook just until hot (do not boil).

With blender running, slowly drizzle all of the butter into egg yolks (consistency should thicken as butter is added).

Note: Wait to prepare hollandaise sauce until just before using (consistency will suffer if left to rest).

Skillet Sweet Potato Hash

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat.

Add sweet potatoes to pot and reduce to simmer until tender.

Drain sweet potatoes and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high, saute onion and pepper in olive oil until soft and onions begin to brown.

Stir diced sweet potato into pot to fully combine.

Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until sweet potatoes begin to brown.

Remove from heat and stir in parsley.

Salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Next Up

Pomegranate Mimosa With a Twist

Sweeten your holiday brunch with a refreshing mimosa made from pomegranate juice and a lemon twist.

Turn Stale Bread Into Brunch With These Muffin Tin French Toast Bites

Oui, oui — you just need a few breakfast stapes to create French toast bites your friends will devour. 

Let Friends Customize Their Brunch With a Mix-and-Match Mini Frittata Bar

Bake up everyone's creations using your old friend, the muffin tin. 

Brunch Recipe: Baked Eggs With Pesto and Pancetta

Take standard ham and eggs up a notch with this impressive restaurant-quality brunch recipe you can actually whip up at home.

Brunch Recipe: Mini Bagels With Lox

Easily turn grocery store items into tasty brunch mini mouthfuls that you can assemble in just minutes before guests arrive.

Dig in: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Freshen up your breakfast menu with a fun, fruity flavor.

Muffin Tin Breakfast Pizzas = The Easy Way to Impress Your Friends at Brunch

It’s pizza...for breakfast. The best of two worlds collide for this quick and easy muffin tin recipe.

What's Better Than Sausage and Pancakes? Sausage-Filled Pancake Muffins!

You'll need more than a short stack of these delicious sausage-filled pancakes. 

Scones With Orange Butter

Try this homemade version of the brunch favorite.

One Secret Ingredient Makes These Elegant Smoked Salmon Cups a Breeze

Like a latke in a cup, this recipe look impressive but is a breeze to make. 

Go Shopping

Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors.

What's New in Outdoors


House Hunters

7:30am | 6:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

Home Town

12pm | 11c

Home Town

1pm | 12c

Home Town

2pm | 1c

Home Town

3pm | 2c

Home Town

4pm | 3c

Home Town

5pm | 4c

Home Town

6pm | 5c

Home Town

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Renovation, Inc.

8pm | 7c

Mexico Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Caribbean Life

10:30pm | 9:30c

Selling the Big Easy

11:30pm | 10:30c

Mexico Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Caribbean Life

1:30am | 12:30c

Selling the Big Easy

2:30am | 1:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.