Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce

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Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce uses a stick blender, a narrow jar and hot melted butter to produce a great béarnaise in minutes. No more whisking and whisking and whisking over a double boiler.

Two minutes from go to whoa for the whisking part and you’re there. Buttery, rich, tarragon flecked classic French béarnaise sauce, the perfect accompaniment to a beautifully cooked piece of beef.

foolproof béarnaise sauce technique ingredients on a marble bench in small white dishes
ingredients

Why this method is foolproof

Blending hot butter with the egg, vinegar and white wine reduction makes for a stable emulsion that works each and every time.

foolproof béarnaise sauce technique completed with chopped tarragon and timer to show 2 minutes
sauce completed with chopped tarragon at exactly 2 minutes

 

Size does matter

The size of the jar or vessel you are using to blend the Béarnaise is important. The head of the stick blender must fit snugly into the jar or vessel so that a vortex can be created which emulsifies and marries the butter into the egg yolks for a smooth and creamy sauce.

Making the reduction

Making a reduction with white wine, vinegar, peppercorns, tarragon stems and eschallots allow these flavours to concentrate, making the flavour base for this classic sauce.

foolproof béarnaise sauce technique reduction reduced to a tablespoon and a half
reduction reduced to 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquid

 

Loads of other uses

Classic Béarnaise sauce is the all time famous French sauce to serve with beef steaks, think a beautifully cooked Rib on the bone steak napped with freshly made Béarnaise, is nothing short of a sensational marriage.

Serve Béarnaise over poached eggs with smoked salmon, drizzled over steamed asparagus spears, poured over panfried field mushrooms or simply napped over roasted chicken.

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Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce Technique


  • Author: Recipe Winners, recipe by J.Kenji Lopez-Alt
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup

Description

Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce Technique is easily made with the use of a stick blender and a jar that the stick blender head fits into snugly. Success every time. Enjoy!


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 sprigs tarragon, leaves stripped and finely chopped and stems used for the reduction
  • 1 small eschallot, sliced – see notes
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 170 g (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Instructions

  • combine vinegar, wine, tarragon stems, peppercorns and shallots in a small saucepan
  • bring to a boil, then reduce heat 
  • simmer until you have 1 1/12 tablespoons of liquid left
  • strain liquid into jar you’re using
  • add egg yolks and a pinch of salt
  • melt butter and pour into a jug
  • place head of stick blender into the jar
  • start motor running and slowly pour the hot melted butter into the yolk mixture raising the stick up and down a little to allow the emulsion to occur
  • remove stick blender and fold through the chopped tarragon
  • serve immediately or keep warm for up to an hour before serving
  • serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Shallots, French shallots, eschallots are all the same thing. A small dry onion with a mild, sweeter flavour than brown or red onions. Used in French cooking.
  • foolproof bearnaise sauce escallots sitting on a marble bench
  • Category: sauces and dressings
  • Method: stick blender
  • Cuisine: French

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