HOLLANDAISE (AND VARIATIONS)

 

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  • Servings: 6
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Egg Yolks - This is approximately 3 Large Egg yolks
  • 1/4 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper -or- a Dash of Tobasco
  • 1 TB freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 12 TB (1 1/2 sticks) Unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

Directions

  • Utilizing a glass bowl, whisk yolks, sugar, salt, cayenne and lemon juice together, until the yolk begin to pale & thicken slightly.
  • Place the bowl over barely simmering water and continue whisking until the mixture becomes smooth, creamy and thick enough to leave a clear line in the bottom of the bowl when the whisk is drawn through.
  • Do not heat the yolk mixture too much or you will end up with scrambled eggs; the proteins will re-bond with each other if the yolks get too hot.
  • Remove from heat and begin adding the butter 1 piece at a time, continuing to whisk until each addition to allow for a slow melt of the butter.
  • It is important that the butter be cold, and added in small quantities to allow the yolks time to exercise their emulsifying powers without giving the butter a chance to pool into the bottom and “break” the sauce.
  • If your sauce begins to cool to the point that the butter is having difficulty incorporating you can return the bowl briefly to the simmering water to warm the sauce again.
  • Place the sauce in a thermal carafe to keep it warm.
  • VARIATIONS:
  • Sauce Mousseline – 1/4 cup Heavy cream whipped stiff folded in to Hollandaise.
  • Sauce Maltaise - Orange zest and juice of blood orange - Add 2 TB Orange Juice 1/2 tsp Orange Zest
  • Sauce Noisette - Hollandaise made with browned butter (Beurre Noisette). Add 2 oz Browned butter
  • Sauce Bavaroise – Heavy cream, horseradish, thyme - 2 TB heavy Cream 1 tsp fresh grated horseradish 1/4 tsp Thyme
  • Sauce Anchois - add 1 T. anchovy paste, add to sauce.
  • Sauce Câpres - add 2 T. drained refrigerated capers, add to sauce.
  • Sauce Chantilly - add 2 T. crème fraîche, add to sauce.
  • Sauce Citron - add 2 T. lemon zest to sauce.
  • Sauce Divine - in a small sauce pan add 3 T. sherry and reduce by half, then add to Chantilly recipe.

Notes

Categories: Condiment, Sauce  Dairy  Eggs  Savory Sauce 

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