For my money, the very best classic steak sauce you can make at home, a sauce that will wow your guests with its flavor and elegance, and—most importantly—a sauce that can be made start to finish in under half an hour, is béarnaise. The catch (there's always a catch) is that made with the classic technique, it's very easy to mess up. Here is a foolproof technique that uses hot butter and a hand blender for perfect results every time.
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Combine our recipes for foolproof Hollandaise sauce and foolproof poached eggs—along with a toasted, buttered English muffin and ham crisped in butter—and you've got yourself a plate of eggs Benedict, the unrivaled King of brunch dishes.
The flavors of classic eggs hollandaise—lemon, ham, butter, and toasted bread—all compressed into a bite-sized hors d'oeuvre.
Rich and creamy eggs Benedict is a brunch classic for good reason. And in my book, smoked salmon is a welcome addition to any table, brunch or not. It doesn't get much better than combining the two (especially when you throw in some mimosas and Bloody Marys).
Eggs Benedict is a brunch classic, and smoked salmon is a welcome addition to any morning table.
Traditional hollandaise, made by emulsifying melted butter into egg yolks and lemon juice, is notoriously difficult to make. But there's a super easy way to do it at home that requires no whisking, is completely foolproof, and produces a hollandaise that's indistinguishable from one made using traditional methods. Watch the video to see how it's done.
Foolproof real hollandaise in about 2 minutes.
Serving burgers with Hollandaise is one of those ideas that borders on mad scientist territory. Kind of insane but pure genius. These Lamb Burgers from Zakary Pelaccio's Eat with Your Hands take it a step further, using super fatty lamb to make the patties and serving them up with a duck egg Hollandaise and charred scallions dressed with salt and vinegar on fat English muffins.
In yesterday's Pizza Lab article about how to make fried pizza, I mentioned that the most popular pie of the night was a breakfast-themed pie. I've got to say that it was one of the most seriously delicious pies to come out of my kitchen, and I'm saying that as one who is not even a huge fan of breakfast pizzas or egg-on-pizza in general.
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Sometimes perceived as a difficult sauce, Hollandaise is actually pretty simple after following just a couple important directions. This creamy, rich, tangy sauce should come out right every time, ready to top Eggs Benedict or beautifully dress a plate of asparagus.
Making any emulsion—and making it stay—is whisk-labor enough. On top of that, with hollandaise, you're dealing with the dangerous meeting of heat and eggs. And finally, there are as many recipes as there are brunch junkies out there. So where do you start?
Making hollandaise from scratch is tricky business, especially when you haven't had your morning coffee yet. So for this week's Mixed Review, I tried Knorr's hollandaise mix. How did it taste? Not half bad, but not exactly like real hollandaise, either.