Friday, October 10, 2008

Eggs Benedict.

The trickiest part of this meal is the hollandaisse sauce. It takes a little attention but is absolutely worth it. I'll break down the recipe seeing as you'll have 3 different things going at once. You need to make sure you have your wits about you so you don't get flustered!

Hollandaisse Sauce:
2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice.
4 tablespoons boiling water (I pull this from the pot for the double boiler before placing the bowl in it.)
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon cayenne or hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon of salt


Melt the butter and keep it warm.

Heat the vinegar or lemon juice until just warmed.

Boil water in a small pot for double boiler. *Bowl placed in it should not touch the water

When water is boiling dunk in a measuring cup and pull out enough for 4 tablespoons.

Place the top of the double boiler over hot water.

Place the egg yolks in the top of double boiler and whisk until they begin to thicken.

Add 1 tablespoon of boiling water. Continue to beat the sauce until it begins to thicken. Repeat with remaining 3 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time and beating mixture after each addition.

Now add the warmed vinegar or lemon juice.

Remove double boiler from the heat.

Beat the sauce briskly with a wire whisk.

Continue to beat the mixture as you slowly pour in the melted butter.

Add salt and cayenne and beat sauce until thick.

Serve immediately.

Poached Eggs:
Set a saucepan to boil that is about two-thirds full of water.

Add a dash of white vinegar.

Crack the egg into a small bowl.

Spin the boiling water to cool down the water before you drop in the egg.

Drop the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Make sure that you do not drop the egg into boiling water or they'll come out tougher.

Wait 3-4 minutes until cooked.

Remove with a slotted spoon being sure to drain off any water.

Serve immediately.
* If you crack the yolk before putting it in the water don't. That egg's a goner.

Prepare toast fried bread, biscuit or an English muffin.

Add a slice of ham or a rasher of bacon, slice of cheese etc...

Put egg on top and then top with sauce.

Don't forget to season it.

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