Senor Annatto Hollandaise | We’ve made a lot of hollandaise. Trust us. We’ve mixed, matched, whisked, cooked and combined every ingredient in every way possible. And it turns out that using the blender (which we used to call the “cheating” way) is actually the best method – quickest, safest and less cleanup. Even though the whole French nation is throwing eggs at me right now, using the trusty American blender really is the way to go.
- Butter - 8 tablespoons (1 stick)
- Eggs - 2, room temperature
- Dijon Mustard - 1 teaspoon
- Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon
- Annatto Seeds - 1 tablespoon
- Adobo Sauce - ½ teaspoon
- Ancho Chili Powder - ⅛ teaspoon
- Salt - ⅓ teaspoon
- Sugar - ⅛ teaspoon
- Put your eggs on the counter and let them come up to room temperature.
- Fill up the bowl of the blender with really hot tap water. Let it sit for 5 minutes to heat up the blender.
- While the blender bowl is warming up, add the butter and annatto seeds to the sauce pan.
- Melt the butter with the annatto seeds until the foam subsides and the butter is infused with the spices and the milk solids settle on the bottom. Turn the heat off but leave the pan on the burner to keep warm.
- Working fast, dump the water out of the blender bowl, wipe it completely dry and secure it to the base.
- Add the egg yolks, dijon, adobo sauce, lemon juice, ancho powder and sugar to the bowl. Blend for 10 seconds.
- Strain the hot butter into the measuring cup.
- Turn the blender back on and slowly drizzle in the butter until it's emulsified and creamy - about 30 seconds. Now add the salt and give it a quick buzz and season to taste. No more excuses not to make hollandaise!
* If the hollandaise cools and stiffens on you, just add a tablespoon of hot water and run the blender to warm it up.
* Ancho chili powder is generally sweeter than it is spicy. If you want more spice, add some chipotle powder (or a deseeded chipotle pepper from the adobo sauce).
* This is awesome on everything from roasted veggies to poultry and of course, eggs.
* If you don't want to make a hollandaise with your annatto, you can tie-dye some clothes or make lipstick with this Peruvian dyeing seed!