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Ben's Bearnaise Sauce

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"This is the most flavorful bearnaise sauce you will find. Using fresh tarragon is key."
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25 m servings 334
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 1/2 cups)


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  1. Combine the wine, vinegar, shallots, white pepper, tarragon, chervil, and parsley in a small saucepan. Boil over medium-high heat until the liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Strain vinegar reduction into a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Bring several inches of water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat, then reduce heat to low or medium-low to maintain the water at a bare simmer. Whisk the egg yolks into the vinegar reduction, then place the bowl over the simmering water. Whisk constantly until the yolks have thickened and turned a pale lemon yellow color. The mixture will form ribbons when the whisk is lifted from the bowl. Once the yolk has reached this point, remove the bowl from the simmering water.
  3. Slowly pour the hot butter into the egg yolk mixture while continuing to whisk vigorously. Do not stop whisking until all of the butter is fully incorporated or the sauce will separate. Once finished, the mixture will have become a thick and creamy sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 334 calories; 33.8 3.1 2.7 218 230 Full nutrition

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This was really good. I made it to go on some tenderloin steaks and everyone absolutely loved the sauce. I used the left over to jerry rig up some Eggs Benedict the next morning and really enjoy...

I love it this way. A long time ago, I put a version like this into my super blender, it heats as you go...delicious. I love your way too. Good stuff.

Wow! So good and I don't have to use my blender. Had to use onion - no shallot - but all else the same. Love it!

It was very tasty, but seems like all egg yolk-based sauces, requires strict attention to the heating point of the yolk and whisking to avoid the separating. Even with, the separation is diffic...

Really good with an entrecot steak. I didnt have fresh tarragon but I added it dry. I don´t usually rate but this recipe deserves it.

Make sure you don't reheat the sauce once you make it. It's okay to make it early and just serve at room temperature. Really delicious but with I wouldn't have tried to reheat it as it broke dow...

I didn't think I'd like this recipe and cooking method, but the results are outstanding. I agree, fresh tarragon is the key to a great sauce, but good vinegar is also very important. The other...

This is my first rating, and I must say I've made quite a few of the recipes without taking the time to rate. This recipe deserves it! I made filet mignon oscar style. The sauce was the perfe...