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DIY Sauce: Mock Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

By Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Hollandaise sauce dresses up many inexpensive meals, like this version of Eggs Benedict. A couple of poached eggs atop toasted English muffins, with a couple of strips of peppered bacon on top, then smothered in hollandaise sauce... delicious, plus cheap and easy to make. | Photo and recipe credit: LilBooBear, Flickr.com
Hollandaise sauce dresses up many inexpensive meals, like this version of Eggs Benedict. A couple of poached eggs atop toasted English muffins, with a couple of strips of peppered bacon on top, then smothered in hollandaise sauce... delicious, plus cheap and easy to make. | Photo and recipe credit: LilBooBear, Flickr.com

This mock hollandaise sauce tastes almost as good as an authentic hollandaise. However, it is much easier to make, and saves you a lot of money over buying pre-made hollandaise.

This recipe also has fewer calories than a rich hollandaise, at about only 60 calories per tablespoon.

Hollandaise sauce can be used to accompany egg dishes, boiled or poached fish, and all sorts of vegetables. You can keep meals exciting even when on a tight food budget.

 

Click here for directions to make your own mayonnaise: Frugal Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe, with Video Demo

 

Mock Hollandaise Sauce

Combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice in the top of a double boiler. Place over barely simmering water and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes, or until warm but not hot.

Add the butter or margarine and egg yolks, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat a soon. Be sure to watch it carefully: if the mixture gets too hot, the eggs will curdle. Remove the top of the double boiler from the water, and stir in the cayenne pepper and salt.

This recipe makes about 2/3 cup of sauce.

You can serve this mock hollandaise over broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, globe artichokes, poached eggs, and poached or baked fish. It is especially good with salmon.

Note: For a sauce that is faster to make (4 minutes) and more foolproof, but not as authentic-tasting or low in calories as the recipe above, melt 4 tablespoons or butter or margarine in a small saucepan over low heat. Gradually whisk in 5 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1-1/4 cups of mayonnaise. Beat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve. Makes about 1-1/2 cups; about 100 calories per tablespoon.

 

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Source: Reader's Digest, Quick, Thrifty Cooking, Pleasantville, New York, 1985.