Crab Cakes Benedict With Spicy Hollandaise SauceApril 24, 2011 at 10:58 am | Posted in Breakfast, eggs | 39 Comments
Tags: Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Food, Recipe
There are so many things to talk about with this post. A new method (for me) to make Hollandaise Sauce in a blender, a great new flavor for the Hollandaise Sauce, and a double-yolked egg when I went to make the Hollandaise Sauce.
I guess there’s really only one thing to talk about…The Hollandaise Sauce.
When making the sauce, I cracked open an egg and found a two yolks? Timeliness is critical when making Hollandaise, so no photo of the twins. Have you ever seen a two-yolked egg?
This recipe comes courtesy of my favorite local specialty store Tony’s Market. I subscribe to Tony’s Culinary Club, receive emails for mid-week specials, weekend specials and recipes courtesy Chef Mick. Throw in all the wonderful products available in their stores and it’s a culinary extravaganza. This recipe came through on an email and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Let’s take a look.
The crab cakes were a cinch to make. I simply purchased them premade at Tony’s takeout dinner section and sautéed them until golden brown.
The new edition of Bon Appetit magazine featured a five-minute method for making Hollandaise Sauce in a blender. I really thought this sounded like a simplified solution to the otherwise finicky stove top production. Worked like a charm.
- 1 1/2 C. (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed (I couldn’t bring myself to use this much butter, I reduced to 1 1/2 sticks and then added two tablespoons of very hot water to make up for the loss of butter)
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- Salt and Pepper
From here I incorporated seasonings for Chef Mick’s spicy version. Not exactly what the recipe called for, but I used what I had on hand.
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- A pinch of Aleppo Pepper
- A pinch of Ancho chile powder or Chipotle chile powder for some smokiness
Fill a blender with very hot water, set aside.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Remove pan from heat. Drain blender and dry well. Put egg yolks and 2 T. lemon juice in blender; cover and blend to combine . Working quickly and with blender running, remove lid insert and slowly pour hot butter into blender in a thin stream of droplets, discarding the milk solids in the bottom of the saucepan. Blend until creamy sauce forms. Season to taste with salt, pepper and more lemon juice, if needed. Serve immediately.
To build the Benedict: toasted English muffins, sautéed crab cakes, a poached egg and all drizzled with spicy Hollandaise sauce.
The Verdict: DEElicious. What a wonderful combination of flavors. The blender Hollandaise turned out to be perfectly luscious and creamy in texture and really did look just like Bon Appetit’s photo. Making the Hollandaise sauce a bit spicy was such a nice compliment to the crab cakes and with the creamy yolk from the poached egg…MUUUUWAAAA. An exquisite combination of flavors.
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