Well, I’m a lucky girl, indeed. The people in my life are far too kind and this is the third post this year where I get to say, “this was a gift from my friend.” My friend Tiff has struck again, bringing me Christmas cookbook joy, this time with Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen. YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK.
I’ve been a fan of Deb's blog for a while now, and I was very excited about her book coming out. I’ve only had it for a month and I’ve already gotten chicken dinners, lemon bar desserts and glorious breakfasts out of it. The recipes aren’t complicated - no hunting down of special ingredients is necessary and you get oh-so-yummy meals. The operative word here is “easy."
Her Greens, Eggs and Hollandaise recipe is so simple that I’ve decided it must become a Saturday morning staple. All you have to do is soften any mixture of greens you like - I’ve done a mixture of spinach, leeks and endive with fantastic results. Then soften some garlic with minced shallots in butter, add the greens, simmer with a touch of cream and spoon into some ramekins.
Then crack an egg or two on top and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until the whites are set.
Deb Perelman’s hollandaise recipe was easy, too. I always thought hollandaise sauce was too fancy to make. In my mind it existed in the same exclusive tier as pate, soufflés and escargot. Nope. Just put an egg yolk, a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of hot sauce in a blender and blend away. Then take 5 tablespoons of melted butter and slowly drizzle it into the blender until you get a creamy, pale yellow sauce. You can dollop this on top of your eggs right before serving.
It’s a fancy breakfast demystified. Thank you, Tiff! And thank you, Smitten Kitchen!