Serve with rice.
- Portion size 4 servings
- Credits : Saskia Holditch
- 1 bunch leek
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 soup cube
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Serve with rice.
The Ultimate Eggs Benedict Image by: Angus Fergusson
The key to achieving the perfect hollandaise is to temper, or slowly heat, the egg yolks over simmering water; it will prevent them from curdling as you gradually whisk in the melted butter. To separate the egg yolks from their whites with ease, crack each egg into your hand, one at a time, and, over a bowl or sink, pass the yolk from one hand to the other, letting the egg white drain through your fingers.
Hollandaise Sauce: Cut 2 tsp of the butter into small cubes; refrigerate until ready to use.
Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat; skim off foam. Reduce heat to low; keep warm.
In heatproof bowl, whisk egg yolks with cold water until pale and foamy, about 1 minute. Place bowl over saucepan of gently simmering water; whisk until mixture is thickened and foamy and holds a ribbon for at least 6 seconds when whisk is lifted, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; whisk in cubed butter, 1 cube at a time, until melted. Slowly whisk in melted butter. Whisk in lemon juice, hot pepper sauce and salt. If needed, gently whisk in up to 1 tbsp warm water, 1 tsp at a time, to reach desired consistency. Place bowl over saucepan of hot water (off heat)
to keep warm.
Eggs Benedict: In large saucepan or deep skillet, add enough water to come 2 to 3 inches up side; bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Stir in vinegar.
Crack 1 egg into small cup; gently slide into pan. Reduce heat to low; cook until white is set yet yolk is still soft, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined baking sheet to dry. Repeat with remaining eggs.
While eggs are cooking, in large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, turning once, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Assembly: Top each English muffin half with 2 strips of the bacon and 1 egg. Spoon hollandaise over top.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To keep the poached eggs warm while you're cooking any remaining eggs, place them in a bowl of warm water. Transfer them to a paper towel–lined plate to dry briefly before serving.
Cream Cheese Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies Image by: Jodi Pudge
Gingerbread overload? There's no such thing! These soft, chewy ginger-spiced thumbprints are filled with a tangy cream cheese icing for the ultimate holiday treat. A sprinkling of chopped crystallized ginger gives the cookies an added festive touch.
Cookies: In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, fancy molasses and cooking molasses. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture just until combined.
Roll by 1 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Supporting opposing sides of 1 ball with 2 fingers, press opposite index finger into centre to create well 1/2 inch deep and 3/4 inch wide. Pinch together any cracks around edge. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F oven until no longer shiny, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven; using rounded back of 1 tsp measure, gently press wells to reshape. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.
Spiced Cream Cheese Icing: While cookies are cooling, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Beat in icing sugar until smooth. Spoon or pipe heaping 1 tsp of the icing into well of each cookie.
Garnish: Sprinkle icing with ginger. Refrigerate until icing is set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Makes about 40 cookies.
The Ultimate Beef Stew image Image by: The Ultimate Beef Stew image
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
The Ultimate Shortbread Cookies Image by: Jeff Coulson
The holidays wouldn't be complete without sweet, buttery shortbread, so we've perfected a classic. This one has a crispy snap but still melts delicately in your mouth.