Snooze’s Sum­mer Har­vest Bene­dict

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy, The Den­ver Post

Reg­u­lar read­ers may have no­ticed this, but I am not one to or­der a quinoa cake for break­fast (or any other time of day, for that mat­ter). It’s not that I’m com­pletely quinoa-averse, it’s just that pretty much ev­ery other carb on the planet tastes bet­ter, and so I’m apt to stick to those bet­ter-tast­ing carbs.

So you know it wasn’t me who or­dered the Sum­mer Har­vest Bene­dict, with its parme­san pesto quinoa cakes in place of the usual English muf­fin, at the brand-new Snooze in West­min­ster. And don’t pre­tend you’re all vir­tu­ous. You, like me, are get­ting the over-the-top, day’s-worth-of-calo­ries pan­cakes at Snooze, not the quinoa. (Side note: Even though we were there for a soft open­ing be­fore it opened to the pub­lic, we still had to wait for a ta­ble. Oh, Snooze, you capri­cious lit­tle break­fast sprite.)

It was my more health­con­scious din­ing com­pan­ion who chose the quinoa Benny and of­fered me half. I was skep­ti­cal, es­pe­cially see­ing the Cap­rese salad thrown down in the mid­dle of it.

As you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready guessed by the spoiler alert name of this col­umn, it was darned good.

The bal­samic re­duc­tion driz­zled over the eggs — and poured more gen­er­ously over the toma­toes and moz­zarella chunks — cut the rich­ness of the cream cheese hol­landaise. (Yes, cream cheese hol­landaise. Be­cause you know ul­tra-in­dul­gent Snooze isn’t pair­ing quinoa with bone-broth hol­landaise.)

The du­el­ing sauces made the dish, but the quinoa cakes were good as well. I don’t even think I’d pre­fer a muf­fin, bis­cuit or ba­sic bread base; it was per­fect as is.

I’m told that this is a spe­cial sum­mer menu of­fer­ing, and it may not even be avail­able at all Snoozes. But if you’re up at the new one in West­min­ster and you can pry your­self from the peanut but­ter cup pan­cakes, or­der the quinoa.

Those are three words I never thought I’d say.

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