cheat’s hollondaise: an everyday version of a ‘fancy’ sauce

Until recently, hollondaise was a ‘special occasion’ sauce for me. Something I made only on very rare occasions. Usually for brunch or when we had guests visiting who requested it.

But over the last month or so I’ve perfected a ‘cheats’ version which is far more reliable and a lot less work.

The trick is to use only half butter and some oil so you can make it in the food processor, like mayonnaise.

And the bigger bonus is that it stays soft in the fridge so you can dip into it whenever the mood strikes. Unlike traditional all-butter hollondaise which sets up hard.

I’ve been making a batch most weekends to have with my morning weekday eggs. I’ve also started using it in place of regular mayonnaise… endless possibilities.

cheat’s hollondaise
makes almost 2 cups

100g (3.5 oz) butter
2 eggs
2-3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 1/2cups neutral flavoured oil, such as rice bran, vegetable or peanut

1. Melt butter in a small saucepan.

2. Place eggs and vinegar in a food processor or large bowl. Whizz (or whisk) for a few seconds.

3. Very carefully and slowly add hot butter to the egg mixture, whizzing (or whisking) as you go.

4. Add the oil in a gradual stream, continuing to whizz or whisk.

5. Taste & season with salt and a little more vinegar, if needed.

And if you’re after a cheat’s bernaise to serve with your favourite steak & frites… just finely dice two small brown shallots and simmer in 4 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar until reduced by half. Then use this reduction in place of the vinegar in the recipe above. Too easy.

Jules x

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