Asparagus with Hollandaise

Blanched asparagus is served with an easy blender-made Hollandaise sauce and a sprinkle of cayenne for a little heat.

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch cayenne pepper plus more for sprinkling (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
Directions
  • Hold both ends of a stalk of asparagus and bend it until it snaps. Then use a knife to trim the remainder of the bunch to match. Discard the trimmed stems.

  • Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook, uncovered, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes depending on the thickness. Drain in a colander.

  • Meanwhile, put the egg yolk, lemon juice and cayenne in a blender. Pulse a couple times to combine.

  • Put the butter in a small microwave proof bowl and heat in a microwave until just melted. With the blender running, gradually add the melted butter into the egg to make a smooth frothy sauce. If the sauce is really thick blend in a teaspoon of lukewarm water to loosen it up.

  • Transfer the asparagus to a plate. Pour the sauce over the top of the asparagus, sprinkle with more cayenne if desired and serve right away.

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