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Hollandaise Sauce

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield About 2/3 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
This silky, buttery Hollandaise sauce transforms simple dishes into something special. Serve it over low-fat fresh vegetables, or make the  Béarnaise sauce variation and serve with lean grilled or sautéed fish, poultry, or filet mignon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 63
  • fat 6.5 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • monofat 0.4 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.5 g
  • carbohydrate 0.3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 57 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 31 mg
  • calcium 5 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; cook 5 minutes or until completely melted. Carefully skim solids off the top with a spoon; discard solids. Slowly pour remaining butter out of pan, leaving remaining solids in pan; discard solids.

  2. Combine egg yolks and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan, stirring with a whisk until foamy. Place pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly. Gradually add 1/4 cup clarified butter, about 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a whisk until each addition is incorporated and mixture is thick. Reserve remaining clarified butter for another use.

  3. Stir juice and salt into butter mixture, whisking until blended.

  4. Béarnaise Sauce: Prepare recipe through step Omit juice. Combine 3 tablespoons dry white wine, 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallots, and 3 tarragon sprigs in a heavy saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Strain through a sieve into butter mixture. Stir in salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon. Yield: about 2/3 cup (serving size: about 1 tablespoon).

  5. Calories 63; Fat 5g (sat 9g, mono 4g, poly 1g); Protein 5g; Carb 2g; Fiber 0g; Chol 57mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 32mg; Calc 5mg