Hollandaise Sauce

To get restaurant quality Hollandaise sauce is a little tricky.  The emulsion of egg yolks and butter that has dated as early as the 17th century is not something that comes easy to the novice chef.  Hopefully with these tips, you’ll crank out the perfect Hollandaise sauce in your own home.

The most important part of this recipe is to keep the eggs moving constantly over a low, gentle heat (not piping hot but not room temperature either) then add the butter slowly to create a stable emulsion.  If you do this, your sauce should turn out creamy and rich every time.

Hollandaise Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yields: About 1 cup

Hollandaise Sauce


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Fill a medium sauce pan with 1-inch of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low.
  2. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and whisk until they lighten in color, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Place bowl with eggs over saucepan with simmering water and whisk constantly until thickened and doubled in volume, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove bowl from saucepan with water and whisk in butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and use immediately or keep warm, covered, over double boiler over very low heat for up to 30 minutes.


Save your arms and make this in a Blender -- Put the egg yolk, lemon juice, and cayenne in a blender. Pulse a couple times to combine. Put the butter in a small microwave safe bowl and melt in a microwave until just melted. With the blender running, gradually add the melted butter into the egg to make a smooth frothy sauce. If the sauce is very thick, blend in a teaspoon of lukewarm water loosen it up. Season with the salt and serve immediately or keep warm in a small heat-proof bowl set over hot (but not simmering) water until ready to serve.


Leftover Turkey and Spinach Eggs Benedict

Happy belated Turkey Day everybody!  I hope this post finds you (full and) well.  At our celebration this year, we gorged on THREE different kinds of turkeys — smoked, deep-fried and traditional roasted.  The holy trinity of turkey!

Gobble, gobble.

On top of that we had enough fixin’s to choke a horse (mind the expression).  Even after everybody took their share of goodies home with them for leftovers, there is STILL a fridge full of food.

It’s been one turkey-filled weekend!  I have had turkey for just about every meal this weekend… and that includes breakfast.  I must add that pie is probably my favorite breakfast food.  Don’t tell Aunt Jemima.

I am finding myself on the edge of full turkey saturation.  I don’t know how much more I can take.  It has been a fun adventure coming up with different ways to dress the leftovers to trick your brain into thinking you’re eating something different.  Here’s a great breakfast to toss some of your leftover turkey into and an excuse to make Hollandaise Sauce too.

Thinking outside of the box:  Instead of using English Muffins, make potato patties out of your leftover mashed potatoes.  Take your cold potatoes and form them into patties.  Dredge in flour, then egg, then flour again, and pan fry them in a little oil until crisp.

Leftover Turkey and Spinach Eggs Benedict

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: Serves 2

Leftover Turkey and Spinach Eggs Benedict


  • 2 English Muffins (use Sandwich or Pita Bread for a less traditional approach)
  • Unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 8 small slices of turkey, white or dark
  • Your favorite Hollandaise sauce
  • Bacon or parsley, for decoration (bacon is awesome but this dish is already very rich so I omitted using it in the actual dish)


  1. Butter and toast your bread, cut side down, in a frying pan on medium heat (be sure to check these once in a while because if you're anything like me, they'll burn before you know it). Set these on your serving plates, cut side up, once they're toasted.
  2. In a non-stick skillet, spray with non-stick spray and saute your spinach over medium heat. Add your turkey next to the spinach in the same pan to warm. Remove from heat and set aside after the spinach is wilty and the turkey is hot.
  3. Fill a 10-inch non-stick skillet half full of water. Add vinegar to the cooking water (this will help the egg white cook fast so it does not spread). Bring water to a slow boil. Gently break 1 of the eggs into the water taking care not to break it. Repeat with remaining eggs. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook 3 minutes until the egg white is set and the yolk remains soft. Removed with slotted spoon, allowing the egg to drain.
  4. To assemble, add the spinach first, turkey then egg on top of your bread. Spoon hollandaise sauce over the eggs and garnish. Serve with crispy hash browns or a mixed green salad.

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