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Eggs Benedict without Poached Eggs?

I love the flavor combination of Eggs Benedict, but despise soft or hard cook egg yolk. Several times I've ordered Eggs Benedict in a restaurant, but asked them to sub the poached eggs with scrambled. Once they told me they couldn't do that, so I asked for the poached eggs to be well done, and then removed the yolks myself.

Am I the only one who does this? I've gotten a couple odd looks from the waiter, but I'm sure I'm not the only person who does this. Are there any other Eggs Benedict type dishes that don't use poached egg?

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  1. Do you like the hollandaise sauce? It's mostly egg yolk, so I am not sure why you'd like that but not the yolk on the poached egg.

    1. All you are ordering is a plate of scrambled eggs with ham and subbing an English muffin for toast, with some Hollandaise on the side...which is probably cheaper than actually ordering anything "Benedict", which, by default, means poached eggs.

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      1. I do that all the time, and I also ask for regular bacon, not Canadian. Never got any funny looks.

        1. My husband does this -- can't stand to eat any egg unless the white and yolk are blended together.

          1. Ask for egg substitute (which is basically egg white plus chemistry).

            1. boogiebaby, I love a well prepared eggs benedict but my husband and son have a real dislike for jiggly eggs, so they order a scrambled egg sandwich. It arrives on lightly toasted rye bread with either crisp bacon, ham steak or a few sliced sausage links and even some sharp cheddar with a side of home fries. If this was served open faced, it might work for you.

              1. Thanks everyone. I don't like the flavor of straight egg yolk. If it's mixed into something, like hollandaise, or a cake or something, it's fine, but I just can't myself to like the straight yolk. I've been trying for years. At home, it's not an issue because I make Eggs
                Benedict with scrambled eggs, but sometimes I want it for brunch at a restaurant. Most of the time, it's been a non-issue but like I mentioned in my OP, once they told me they couldn't do it with scrambled eggs. I figured I wasn't the only person who dislikes poached eggs.

                1. There is nothing outlandish about this. Any restaurant that can make scrambled eggs should be willing to do this for you. If not, don't go back...

                  1. I don't like runny yolks, though I know for a lot of people EB is ruined if the eggs aren't runny :)

                    I find it's easier to eat around the yolk if you ask for the eggs to be hard poached. The white stays tender and is quite good.