Quick & Easy Hollandaise Sauce
A little over a week ago, I celebrated my birthday. It’s pretty obvious if you’ve been following this site for some time that I LOVE chocolate and desserts. What might not be evident is that aside from desserts, my favorite meal is breakfast.
Kind of funny considering I didn’t eat breakfast throughout most of my adolescence. Although I still don’t like eating breakfast right away after I wake up, in recent years that I’ve really embraced my love of breakfast foods. On weekends I like to savor the slightly-more-time-consuming breakfast foods that I just don’t have time for during the week, and one of my favorites is poached eggs.
Is there anything a runny egg yolk can’t improve? (Don’t answer that.)
So I made my very favorite breakfast the morning of my birthday: Eggs Florentine with Hollandaise Sauce. It’s just a fancy name for poached eggs atop a pile of spinach, smothered in a lusciously rich and creamy butter sauce.
I’ve never made Hollandaise sauce before, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me. The only catch was that since it was my birthday, I only felt like putting the minimal amount of effort into it. I was not in the mood to whisk over double boilers or temper egg yolks or anything of the sort. I just wanted an awesome breakfast in my face as soon as possible. A little bit of Googling pointed me in the right direction. A few minutes and few whirs of the immersion blender later, I had my delicious and easy Hollandaise sauce.
It literally takes minutes to make. If you can use a microwave and have a blender, you can make it too!
PS. I’m sorry for the less-than-stellar singular photo. I only took a snapshot with my cell phone before I scarfed it all down because I wasn’t planning to blog this. A couple of you asked for the recipe though, so here it is! I’ll have to take better photos next time.
Quick & Easy Hollandaise Sauce
Don’t panic if your sauce isn’t as bright yellow as mine. I use farm eggs which tend to have more vibrant yolks than their store bought counterparts. This will serve 2 generously or 4 not so generously. I haven’t actually tried it in a regular blender, but it should work just as well as an immersion blender. I recommend blending in a tall, narrow glass (such as a pint glass) if using an immersion blender – just make sure it’s wide enough to fit the head of the blender down on the bottom.
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
dash of cayenne
big pinch of salt
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Add egg yolks, mustard, cayenne, salt and lemon juice to a tall, narrow glass (if using an immersion blender) or blender receptacle. Blend until combined. (This may require some strategic wiggling with your immersion blender since there isn’t a lot to blend just yet.) Heat butter in microwave safe measuring cup with spout for about 1 minute on HIGH, or until melted. With the blender running, slowly pour in hot melted butter and continue blending until a thick sauce forms.
Serve immediately over poached eggs or asparagus, or just eat with a spoon. Don’t forget the bacon!