Dungeoness Crab Benedict with Julia's Hollandaise Sauce
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • 4 English Muffins, split & toasted
  • 1 1/2 pounds Dungeness crab, cooked
  • 8 poached eggs
  • 2 Tbs chives, minced
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • Yield 1.5 cups of Julia's Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, if needed (or more)
  • 6 -8 ounces very soft unsalted butter
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground white pepper, to taste
  1. Julia's Hollandaise Sauce:
  2. Whisk the yolks, water, and lemon juice in the saucepan for a few moments, until thick and pale (this prepares them for what is to come).
  3. Set the pan over moderately low heat and continue to whisk at reasonable speed, reaching all over the bottom and insides of the pan, where the eggs tend to overcook.
  4. To moderate the heat, frequently move the pan off the burner for a few seconds, and then back on. (If, by chance, the eggs seem to be cooking too fast, set the pan in the bowl of cold water to cool the bottom, then continue).
  5. As they cook, the eggs will become frothy and increase in volume, and then thicken. When you can see the pan bottom through the streaks of the whisk and the eggs are thick and smooth, remove from the heat.
  6. By spoonfuls, add the soft butter, whisking constantly to incorporate each addition. As the emulsion forms, you may add the butter in slightly larger amounts, always whisking until fully absorbed. Continue incorporating butter until the sauce has thickened to the consistency you want.
  7. Season lightly with salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper, whisking in well. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding droplets of lemon juice if needed. Make sure to serve lukewarm.
  8. Crab Benedict:
  9. Gather the rest of your ingredients as this is a multi-tasking event. Poach 8 eggs and set aside. They only take about 4 minutes to cook. Your crab can be served at room temperature or you can place it in the oven for just a few minutes if you want it warmer.
  10. Quickly bring everything together. Grab 4 plates and place 2 halves of English muffins on each plate. Divide the Dungeness crab evenly among the 8 halves of muffins. Place one poached egg on each half. Then drizzle each half with some hollandaise sauce. Garnish with some chives and paprika. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy immediately.
My cooking partner in crime (Leo) dazzled me with this masterpiece. If you are not a multi-tasker, this is not for beginning cooks and too expensive to mess up. If you are successful, you are in for a mouth watering delicacy.