Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 11 - Hollandaise

Hello, my name is Jennifer and I am an addict. There, I said it. I am addicted to Hollandaise sauce. I am so addicted that my poor children have become little mini addicts. I have yet to find anything that does not taste wonderful with Hollandaise drizzled on it, or dunked into it, and don't even get me started on Eggs Benedict because that conversation will go on for hours. Yes, I am aware that it is not very good for me, but oh so delicious. I limit myself to about twice a month, and usually it is, like today, for snack time with toast dipped into it, or for breakfast with a poached egg. The kids just adore it and will happily sit at the table dunking little pieces of toast into it. I use a very simply recipe originally form the Joy of Cooking that only requires a blender. I have tweaked it a little:

4 eggs yolks - the fresher the better
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) - I cannot wait to try this with homemade butter
splash of lemon juice
splash of Tabasco Sauce
salt to taste

- melt the butter until it is bubbling and frothy, but not browned (this usually takes about 3 minutes in the microwave if I start with a frozen stick of butter)
- meanwhile, put egg yolks in blender, and turn on low speed. Gradually add the lemon juice, Tabasco and salt.
- once the butter is ready, slowly (very slowly) add the butter in a light stream to the eggs while the blender is running on low. After about 30 seconds, you can pour the rest in quickly.

You are left with creamy, rich, thick manna from egg heaven.

Confession time - there are no pictures of the glorious Hollandaise. We ate it before I could take pictures. Oh, well, guess I will have to make another batch soon. (can you hear the maniacal laughing in the background?)

UPDATE: So, I sacrificed and made another batch just so I could get some pictures ;)

It is hard to get a good picture of the egg yolks whizzing around in the blender, but here it is.

Breakfast of champions...or at least champions of Hollandaise Love! BTW those are Oroweat's new sandwich thins. They are great because they are lower carb as is, but I can divide one in half between me and X and neither one of us feels deprived like we would with half a piece of bread. We get the multi grain variety at Costco.

1 comment:

  1. Runs. In. The. Family. {More like, runs through my veins.} I love Hollandaise SO much. I learned how to make it a couple weeks ago, and all I want is Eggs Benedict all the damn time. Kind of happy to know it doesn't get boring... but also kind of sad. I think this may be the last straw before I turn into a total butterball.