Saturday, July 17, 2010

crab cakes benedict

poached egg:

4 cups water
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 egg

in a medium pot bring the water and vinegar to a boil. gently add in the egg, and lightly move around to form a ball. boil for about 4 mins. set aside.

hollandaise sauce:

3 egg yolks
1 tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. kasher salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (divided)
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (divided)
8 oz. cold unsalted butter cut into tbsp. sizes
1/4 tsp. sugar

whisk together the egg yolks, water, salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne in a 2 quart saucier for 1 minute.

put the saucier over low heat and whisk vigorously, moving the pan on and off the heat every 10 to 15 seconds, bringing the mixture to 140 to 145 degrees F, on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 3 minutes. add 1 piece of butter at a time, every 30 seconds, while continually whisking and moving the saucier on and off the heat. maintain temperature around 120 to 130 degrees F throughout the remainder of the cooking process. once half of the butter, or 8 pieces, have been added, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. add the remaining 8 pieces of butter, 1 at a time, every 30 seconds, while continuing to move the saucier on and off the heat and maintaining 120 to 130 degrees F. after the last piece of butter has been added, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, and the sugar and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes.

taste and add more lemon juice, as desired. move immediately to a short, wide-mouthed thermos to hold for up to 2 hours. reheat over low heat for 45 seconds.

1 crab cake (see pan fried jumbo lump crab cakes recipe *july 2010*)
1 poached egg
2 tbsp. hollandaise sauce

place the crab cake on a plate, add on the poached egg, and top with the hollandaise sauce.

enjoy :)


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