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Started by GrrrIbdis on Sep 23, 2018 6:09:51 PM
Eggs Benedict

Down with this sort of thing?

GrrrIbdis - 23 Sep 2018 18:12:10 (#1 of 91)

I went out to brunch today and discovered that I really do not care for Eggs Benedict any more. Hollandaise Sauce is Not What It Was. I would prefer it if the sauce were just warm butter, placed on top of the eggs.

Stellata - 23 Sep 2018 18:15:29 (#2 of 91)

Up with that sort of thing, in my case, when I had a very badly prepared one on the morning of particularly vicious hangover. I’m sure the hollandaise isn’t supposed to resemble sea foam.

Ricolas - 23 Sep 2018 18:20:17 (#3 of 91)

Eggs Benedict, Florentine, or Mornay. All good.

Antimatter - 23 Sep 2018 18:27:43 (#4 of 91)

Some chefs cheat on the Hollandaise, I make sure to only frequent the local places where I know the chefs make it properly. My favourite is at Dalvay, where instead of ham or bacon, you can have lobster and asparagus.

Stellata - 23 Sep 2018 18:38:46 (#5 of 91)

My foamy hollandaise was at a bistro run by French people. I was really disappointed because I’d never had eggs benedict before. I’d asked for regular toast instead of brioche but they gave me brioche anyway. I might attempt to make it myself - it doesn’t look very difficult if you’re concentrating on each element.

GrrrIbdis - 23 Sep 2018 18:39:20 (#6 of 91)

I'm sure it's not meant to taste like a grainy cheese sauce - which mine did, today!

WibbleAgain - 23 Sep 2018 18:46:36 (#7 of 91)

If it's grainy it's over cooked. It's not supposed to cook or it becomes scrambled egg.

Hollandaise sauce has lemon and butter in it and is made over hot water, whereas mayonnaise is only egg yoke and olive oil and no warming required, iirc. I'm so lazy these days I'd just soft boil the eggs and put a dash of Tabasco and s/p.

fogger - 23 Sep 2018 18:52:40 (#8 of 91)

Up with EB. But always with bacon and not ham. I also was once served hollandaise that had no lemon in it, which was fucking wrong.

rearranged - 23 Sep 2018 18:59:53 (#9 of 91)

Up with good Eggs Benedict, down with the 90% that are mediocre or bad.

I used to stay in hotels a lot, and often ordered them, but I got sick to death of fridge cold ham, bad muffins, far too vinegary Hollandaise, grainy Hollandaise, solid Hollandaise or any combination of the above.

Antimatter - 23 Sep 2018 19:03:54 (#10 of 91)

#8 correct. I can get quite stabby if they leave out the lemon juice.

WibbleAgain - 23 Sep 2018 19:09:26 (#11 of 91)

Just had a quick google and it seems people make Hollandaise sauce in the microwave these days. That solves the mystery of graininess: the egg yoke's cooked.

Ricolas - 23 Sep 2018 19:14:47 (#12 of 91)

As with making a good mayonnaise, you can't really rush it. Short cuts can lead to lower quality.

JennyRad - 23 Sep 2018 19:16:07 (#13 of 91)

I haven't actually tested this shortcut - I don't like eggs much - but I trust Serious Eats and if I needed to make hollandaise I'd use my immersion blender:

Tadagee - 23 Sep 2018 19:24:19 (#14 of 91)

Just had a quick google and it seems people make Hollandaise sauce in the microwave these days.

While generally opposed to extension of the criminal law, I'd say mandatory life for this would not be disproportionate.

foghorn - 23 Sep 2018 19:30:57 (#15 of 91)

Not proud of it, but I use the tetra paks and find them lush. I can make it, but can´t be bothered on a Sunday morning. I have to take a bunch in my suitcase to the New World when I fly over. Everyone wants it.

Ham usually, but can´t wait to try lobster now. It sounds genius.

Stellata - 23 Sep 2018 19:35:20 (#16 of 91)

#13 wow, I didn’t realise it contained so much butter. If I weren’t feeling so lazy I’d try this tonight.

foghorn - 23 Sep 2018 19:37:04 (#17 of 91)

Oh yeah.

airynothing - 23 Sep 2018 19:38:02 (#18 of 91)

Yolk, ffs.

browserbutton - 23 Sep 2018 19:39:20 (#19 of 91)

It's hotel food really. Mind you, I like hotel food.

JennyRad - 23 Sep 2018 20:07:22 (#20 of 91)

#13 wow, I didn’t realise it contained so much butter. If I weren’t feeling so lazy I’d try this tonight.

Most extremely delicious things contain more butter than you can possibly imagine. I am always a bit disappointed that hollandaise is not quite delicious enough for the calories.

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