Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Poached Eggs:

  2. 1 tspn salt for every quart of water

  3. 1 tspn white wine vinegar for every quart of water

  4. Large eggs , as many as needed

  5. Clarified Butter:

  6. 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter - makes

  7. 1 cup clarified butter

  8. Hollandaise Sauce:

  9. 3 tbls cold water

  10. 2 tbls champagne vinegar

  11. 1 tbls lemon juice

  12. pinch of salt

  13. 3 egg yolks , stirred together

  14. 1 cup clarified butter , just barely warmed

  15. 2 tspn finely chopped tarragon leaves

  16. 2 dashes tabasco

  17. Shredded Potato Pancake:

  18. 2 russet potatoes , scrubbed and peeled

  19. 1 large egg

  20. 1/8 c all purpose flour

  21. juice 1/4 lemon

  22. 1 tbls unsalted butter , softened

  23. salt and freshly ground black pepper

  24. Up to 1 cup clarified butter or neutral oil such as grape seed, corn , or canola

  25. smoked salmon Benedict:

  26. 1 cup Hollandaise Sauce

  27. Butter, softened

  28. 4 Potato pancakes

  29. 4 poached eggs

  30. 4 thins slices of smoked salmon

  31. Finely sliced chives

  32. Freshly group black pepper

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Smoked Salmon Benedict:

  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Make the Potatoes (Directions below)

  3. Make the hollandaise sauce (Directions below)

  4. Prepare the poached eggs (Directions below)

  5. Assemble the dish - place two pancakes on dish, top with smoked salmon, then an egg - Pour a few tbls of Hollandaise sauce on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of chives and freshly grounded black pepper.

  6. Shredded Potato Pancakes:

  7. Set an ovenproof platter on a baking sheet with a cooling rack on top of it into the oven, and turn the oven to 200 degrees 2 Shred the potatoes on the widest side of a box grater. Gather the shredded potatoes in your hands, squeeze out some of their liquid, and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, flour, lemon juice, softened butter, and pinches of salt and pepper and stir to combine. The batter should barely hold together.

  8. Heat an 1/8 inch deep layer of clarified butter or oil over medium heat in a large skillet or saute pan for 30 seconds, then add ladlefuls of batter to make pancakes about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Let them cook undisturbed until the bottoms crisp and color, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook on other side. Transfer finished potato pancakes to platter in oven to keep warm.

  9. Before serving, sprinkle with pinch of salt and pepper.

  10. Clarified Butter:

  11. Cut butter into 1 inch pieces, and in heavy saucepan, melt over low heat. Remove Remove pan from heat and let butter stand 3 minutes.

  12. Skim froth and slowly pour butter into measuring cup, leaving milky solids in bottom of pan.

  13. Discard milky solids and pour clarified butter into crock or jar. It keeps covered and refrigerated for one month.

  14. Hollandaise Sauce:

  15. Whisk together the water, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt in a small stainless steel bowl that you can comfortably nestle over a small saucepan to create a double boiler and set aside. Bring about 1/2 inch of water to a near-boil over high heat, then turn the heat to medium low. It should be just steaming when you begin to mount the sauce.

  16. Add the eggs to the liquid in the bowl, set the bowl over the steaming water, and begin whipping the eggs and liquid together with a whisk. The eggs will slowly go from their raw orange color to the paler yellow of cooked eggs, and will become increasingly viscous; the eggs will be ready after 6 - 7 minutes of consistent beating.

  17. Remove the bowl from the saucepan, nestle it into a towel on the kitchen counter to stabilize it, and, whisking firmly all the while, add the lightly warmed clarified butter in a thin, steady stream - the way you add oil when making mayonnaise - and whisk until the sauce is emulsified (NOTE: I did not use all of the butter, put enough until desired consistency). Stir in the tarragon and tabasco and check for salt. Hold the sauce in a relatively warm place and use as soon as possible.

  18. Poached Eggs:

  19. Bring at least 1 1/2 inches of water to a boil in a saucepan or skillet, and the salt and vinegar, and lower the heat so the water barely simmers - you want it hot, the kind of heat where bubbles might cling like condensation to the inside walls of the pan - 180 degrees - not a gentle boil.

  20. Crack the egg into a cup then slide it from the cup to the water. The egg should start to set a few seconds after it hits the water and will be ready in 3 1/2 to 4 minutes, when the white is set and the yolk is still runny.

  21. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a kitchen towel to drain off any water clinging to them. Use them within the next few minutes.

  22. If you are making them in advance, transfer them directly from the hot water to a bowl of ice water. Once cold transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 hours. Reheat them in near boiling water for 15 - 30 seconds , drain on towels and use.


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