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Hollandaise Sauce

Here's the classic Hollandaise - lusciously rich, lemony and smooth. Spoon it over vegetables, eggs, fish and seafood for that heavenly touch.

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  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 15 min
  • ingredients 3
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

3
large egg yolks
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/2
cup firm butter*

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  • 1 In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, vigorously stir egg yolks and lemon juice with wire whisk. Add 1/4 cup of the butter. Heat over very low heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk, until butter is melted.
  • 2 Add remaining 1/4 cup butter. Continue stirring vigorously until butter is melted and sauce is thickened. (Be sure butter melts slowly so eggs have time to cook and thicken sauce without curdling.) If the sauce curdles (mixture begins to separate), add about 1 tablespoon boiling water and beat vigorously with wire whisk or hand beater until it's smooth.
  • 3 Serve immediately. Store covered in refrigerator. To serve refrigerated sauce, reheat over very low heat and stir in a small amount of water.
  • 1 In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, vigorously stir egg yolks and lemon juice with wire whisk. Add 1/4 cup of the butter. Heat over very low heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk, until butter is melted.
  • 2 Add remaining 1/4 cup butter. Continue stirring vigorously until butter is melted and sauce is thickened. (Be sure butter melts slowly so eggs have time to cook and thicken sauce without curdling.) If the sauce curdles (mixture begins to separate), add about 1 tablespoon boiling water and beat vigorously with wire whisk or hand beater until it's smooth.
  • 3 Serve immediately. Store covered in refrigerator. To serve refrigerated sauce, reheat over very low heat and stir in a small amount of water.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Do not use margarine or vegetable oil spreads.

Stir in 1 tablespoon dry white wine with the lemon juice. After sauce thickens, stir in 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion, 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves and 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried chervil leaves. Serve with fish and meat.

1. This sauce was not cooked long enough and is too thin. 2. This sauce was cooked until thickened; there are no problems. 3. This sauce was cooked too long or over too high a heat and has curdled.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
55mg
55%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.