Mention the words “Béarnaise Sauce” and most food-lovers will collapse into fantasies of a creamy, buttery emulsion, tinged with French tarragon and cut through with just a hint of vinegar, melting slowly across the rump of a juicy, perfectly turned steak…
Yet these very words can also strike fear into the heart of an aspirant cook. With its French origins, this haute cuisine staple is a traditional must when it comes to grilled steak but making a classic “Béarnaise” can present itself as an intimidating task, especially if you’ve never prepared the sauce before.
Making Béarnaise Sauce in the old-fashioned manner, by hand, requires inordinate amounts of elbow grease; all those egg yolks and butter have to be hand-whisked into a smooth consistency.
Enter The Hussar Grill. One of the country’s premier grill rooms, and proudly well-versed in traditional fare, The Hussar Grill has been serving its own beautiful Béarnaise Sauce, the “mother sauce” of French cuisine, since its doors first opened in 1964.
With the advancement of kitchen technology, The Hussar Grill has updated its own traditional recipe. Of course, it is always best to try this sauce in the restaurant itself, where it will accompany one of the best steaks in the land. But here’s how any Masterchef-in-the-making can make The Hussar Grill Blender Béarnaise Sauce in a snap.
The Hussar Grill Blender Béarnaise Sauce
190g Butter, melted
20ml White vinegar
4ml Fresh chopped tarragon or a good pinch of dried tarragon
2 Egg yolks
Cayenne pepper (to taste)
Lemon juice (to taste)
1. In a small saucepan combine the white wine vinegar, tarragon and 20ml
water, salt and pepper and cook the mixture over high heat until it is
reduced to 10ml.
2. Remove from the heat and add 10ml cold water.
3. Place in a blender, add egg yolks and blend until thick and creamy.
4. When all the butter has been incorporated, season correctly with lemon
juice, salt and cayenne pepper. If too thick, add a drop of hot water.
5. Serve immediately or serve at room temperature. To keep warm, place in
a wide thermos or keep over a lukewarm bain-marie – be careful, the
sauce can split.
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