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IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SAUCE

December 12, 2019

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SAUCE

Sauces are what turn ordinary meals into spectacular ones. That’s a big job for a sauce but there is nothing ordinary about sauces.

 "It is the sauce that distinguishes a good chef.”
—Chef Fernand Point

Intending to make eggs Benedict, I followed a traditional recipe for the hollandaise sauce. After creating a mountain of dirty pots, I ended up with a curdled mess and a lot of frustration.

Stashed in an envelope in my mother’s collection of recipes I found a note from my tante (aunt) Raymond that suggested adding a little flour to the mixture. She had discovered that it helped the sauce come together and thicken. Clearly I wasn’t the only one who struggled with this sauce.

“Traditional hollandaise is notoriously difficult to make. Cook the eggs too much, and you get scrambled eggs. Don't cook them enough, and your sauce won't thicken. Allow your sauce to cool as you make it, and your butterfat will crystallize, breaking your sauce.”  
—Serious Eats

As I was researching le Kitchen Cookbook, I realized that the immersion blender changed all this. You can make a perfect hollandaise sauce in less than five minutes and it’s easy!

Sunday morning Eggs Benedict are back on my menu.

THE PERFECT AND EASY HOLLANDAISE SAUCE
INGREDIENTS  
Makes ½ cup
1 egg yolk
1 tsp water
1 tsp lemon juice
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
⅛ tsp salt
white pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
Makes 1 cup
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp lemon
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
⅛ tsp salt
white pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
 
DIRECTIONS
  1. Melt butter
  2. Pour all ingredients into the blender’s container or a tall glass large enough to just fit the blender head—this is important.
  3. Put the head of the immersion blender on the bottom. Start blending. When the mix begins to come together, slowly raise the head to the top.
  4. The hollandaise will be thick and creamy.

Serve immediately

If you are not using the sauce right away, you can keep it warm for about one hour in a thermos.

Important—hollandaise sauce cannot be reheated.  

Because sauces are what turn ordinary meals into spectacular ones, I’ve included an entire section on sauces in the upcoming book (le Kitchen Cookbook).

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