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Bearnaise Sauce for Two

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  White wine vinegar 45 Milliliter (3 tablespoons)
  Black peppercorns 6
  Bay leaf 1 Small
  Mace blade 1
  Onion slice 1
  Tarragon leaves 2
  Egg yolks 1
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste, freshly ground
  Unsalted butter 4 Ounce, softened (100 g)
  Meat glaze/Jelly at the base of beef dripping 2 Teaspoon (optional, 10 ml)
  Mixed herbs 1 Teaspoon, chopped (Tarragon, Parsley and Chervil, 5 ml)
  Fresh chives 1 Teaspoon, snipped (5 ml)

1) In a small saucepan place together vinegar, peppercorns, bay leaf, mace, onion and tarragon leaves.
2) Heat the vinegar mixture to boil until the vinegar has reduced to half.
3) Allow the vinegar mixture to cool.

4) In a small bowl, place the egg yolks with 1/2 oz of the butter and a pinch of salt.
5) Whisk the yolk mixture until smooth.
6) Pass the vinegar mixture through strainer into the yolk mixture and beat well.
7) Over a saucepan of boiling water, place the bowl and turn off the heat.
8) Beat the yolk mixture until it begins to thicken.
9) While still beating add in the remaining butter in small pieces.
10) As all the butter gets absorbed in the sauce, taste and season to taste.

11) Stir in the herbs and serve with grilled meats

Do not reheat or the mixture will curdle.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 920 Calories from Fat 850

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 97 g148.8%

Saturated Fat 59.9 g299.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 428.9 mg143%

Sodium 428.2 mg17.8%

Total Carbohydrates 12 g3.9%

Dietary Fiber 1.2 g4.7%

Sugars 7.3 g

Protein 4 g8.8%

Vitamin A 70.1% Vitamin C 10.7%

Calcium 9.3% Iron 11.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Bearnaise Sauce For Two Recipe