Hollandaise Sauce: Characteristics, Ingredients, and Preparation

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What is the primary function of adding lemon juice or vinegar in the preparation of hollandaise sauce?

To stabilize the emulsion and enhance flavor

Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of hollandaise sauce?

Bright yellow color

What is the purpose of tempering the egg yolks in hollandaise sauce preparation?

To prevent the egg yolks from scrambling

What is the result of whisking the egg yolks with melted butter in hollandaise sauce preparation?

A smooth and stable emulsion

What is the traditional dish that hollandaise sauce is often served with?

Eggs Benedict

What is the primary reason why loose, raw stuffing should not be used in poultry or game birds?

Bacteria can multiply rapidly between 40°F and 140°F (4°C and 60°C).

What is the purpose of cooking the stuffing separately from the bird?

To ensure the stuffing reaches a safe internal temperature.

Why is it essential to keep the stuffing moist during cooking?

To prevent drying out during cooking.

When cooking a turkey, what should you avoid doing with the stuffing?

Packing it too tightly.

When cooking duck or goose, what should you consider when stuffing the cavity?

The fat content of the bird.

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Hollandaise Sauce

Definition: A rich and creamy emulsion sauce made with egg yolks, butter, and lemon juice or vinegar.


  • Thick, creamy, and smooth texture
  • Pale yellow color
  • Mild, slightly sweet and tangy flavor
  • Rich and indulgent


  • Egg yolks
  • Butter
  • Lemon juice or vinegar
  • Salt
  • Water


  1. Tempering: Slowly heat the egg yolks while whisking, adding a small amount of warm water to prevent scrambling.
  2. Emulsification: Gradually add melted butter to the tempered egg yolks, whisking continuously to create a smooth and stable emulsion.
  3. Acidification: Add a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar to stabilize the emulsion and enhance flavor.


  • Classic accompaniment to eggs Benedict
  • Served with steamed asparagus or other vegetables
  • Used as a sauce for fish, poultry, or meat dishes
  • Can be flavored with other ingredients, such as herbs or spices, to create variations

Tips and Variations:

  • Blender method: An alternative to traditional whisking, using a blender to emulsify the sauce.
  • Microwave method: A quick and easy way to make hollandaise, using the microwave to heat the egg yolks and melt the butter.
  • Flavored variations: Add different herbs, spices, or ingredients to create unique flavor profiles, such as béarnaise or Maltaise sauce.

Learn about the rich and creamy emulsion sauce, its characteristics, ingredients, and preparation methods. Discover its uses and tips for variations.

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