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Contemporary Hollandaise Variations

  • Preserved Lemon
  • Saffron 

By martha holmberg, former editor of Fine Cooking

October 25th, 2012

My Classic Hollandaise Sauce recipe includes a few flavor variations, but with some imagination, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few modern takes on hollandaise. To make any of them, refer to my classic recipe, adjusting the ingredients as directed below.

Preserved Lemon Substitute 2 tsp. minced preserved lemon for the lemon zest and add 1 Tbs. finely chopped cilantro. Serve with grilled chicken or tuna.   Preserved Lemon
Saffron Steep 8 saffron threads in 2 Tbs. orange juice and use instead of the lemon juice and zest. Delicious with steamed halibut or sautéed scallops.
Fines Herbes Use lime zest and juice instead of lemon and add 1/4 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as tarragon, chives, parsley, and chervil. Serve with slow-roasted salmon.   Fines Herbes
Roasted Red Pepper Stir 1/4 cup minced roasted red bell pepper, 2 tsp. chopped capers, and 1 minced anchovy into the finished hollandaise. Serve with crab cakes, grilled shrimp, or roasted cauliflower.   Roasted Red Pepper

Photos: Scott Phillips

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