13 Ratings
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This elegant Bearnaise sauce is a little tricky to make; cook it in a double boiler, and stir continuously.

Servings:
6
Max Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a heavy skillet, saute tarragon, red wine vinegar, and diced shallot over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture becomes paste-like. Remove from heat.

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  • Combine egg yolks, 1/8 cup hot water, lemon juice, salt and pepper in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water. Cook and stir until the mixture reaches the consistency of mayonnaise. Remove the mixture from heat. Add the melted butter slowly, stirring continuously. If the mixture becomes too thick, thin with the remaining 1/8 cup of hot water. Add the tarragon, wine, vinegar, and shallot mixture and blend well.

Nutrition Facts

308.68 calories; 2.25 g protein; 2.85 g carbohydrates; 0.56 g dietary-fiber; 0.18 g sugars; 33.05 g fat; 20.23 g saturated-fat; 183.76 mg cholesterol; 1188.58 IU vitamin-a-iu; 0.52 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.05 mg vitamin-b6; 7.38 mg vitamin-c; 15.05 mcg folate; 49.07 mg calcium; 1.15 mg iron; 3 mg magnesium; 94.18 mg potassium; 226.88 mg sodium; 0.02 mg thiamin; 297.41 calories-from-fat; 3 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 93 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 2 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 57 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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Anonymous
04/04/2003
You will love this recipe. The flavor and the texture is just sublime!
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Most helpful critical review

nansealeeg
12/26/2012
I made this on Christmas with Beef Tenderloin (recipe found here). The Bernaise sauce has too strong a vinegar taste and even though I did everything exactly as suggested it still separated. Back to the drawing board for me. I'll seek another recipe that doesn't contain as much vinegar.
(1)
13 Ratings
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  • 4 Rating Star 4
  • 3 Rating Star 2
  • 2 Rating Star 1
Anonymous
11/06/2003
I found this recipe easy enough to make but it had way too much of a vinegar taste. The second time I made it I cut down on the vinegar and it was much better.
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Anonymous
04/04/2003
You will love this recipe. The flavor and the texture is just sublime!
(17)
terantallegra
10/20/2010
I halved the vinegar when I made it and it turned out absolutely PERFECT. To keep it from separating though Emeril Lagasse says to clarify the butter before adding it. I'll try that next time since it was very hard to save the leftovers of this sauce:
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JA_MAYFIELD
12/12/2003
This sauce tasted great but the proportions seemed wrong. There is way too much butter. I ended up halfing it and still had the sauce way too buttery. Plus the consisitancy didn't seem right cuz the butter oil didn't mix with the rest of the ingrediants. So on an aesthetic scale it ranks low but it still tasted great! And we're used to having it in France so that says a lot. Thanks!
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megan
05/23/2011
I thought the sauce turned out great! I also decreased the butter to about 3/4 cup and clarified that so probably ended up with about half a cup. The key to not having your sauce separate is to let the butter cool before you add it. Otherwise the eggs will solidify and you have a blend of butter and slightly solid eggs.
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Momof2
08/02/2006
Very good...First time making Bearnaise for fish and it was good. After reading the reviews I was afraid that the vinegar would be too strong so I reduced it by half. Definately will make again. Thanks for the post.
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Mikeybut
04/21/2007
This sauce is fantastic. I followed the directions as written. Great stuff.
(2)
Lindz
10/21/2007
This was really good and very straight-forward and easy to prepare. Had it over beef wellingtons and it was perfect. Thank you!
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nansealeeg
12/26/2012
I made this on Christmas with Beef Tenderloin (recipe found here). The Bernaise sauce has too strong a vinegar taste and even though I did everything exactly as suggested it still separated. Back to the drawing board for me. I'll seek another recipe that doesn't contain as much vinegar.
(1)