Artichokes with Brown Butter Hollandaise
- serves 4
A warm and unique treat, eaten by peeling off the leaves and dipping them in the brown butter hollandaise sauce.
2 lemons, halved
1 ½ cup unsalted butter
4 egg yolks
Salt and pepper
1. Squeeze a lemon into a large pot of salted water; throw in the peels, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, trim the artichokes, rubbing every cut surface with the remaining lemon as you go, so they don’t turn brown. Using a bread knife, cut off the stems, then snap off any tough dark green leaves around the base, then slice across the artichokes about one-third the way down, exposing their inner core.
2. When the water boils, put in the artichokes and boil until a bottom leaf pulls off easily and the base of the artichokes is tender to a fork, about 40 minutes. Remove and drain. Pull the inner core from the artichokes and clean out all the hair-like bits, scraping the cavity clean with a spoon.
3. Melt the butter slowly, leaving it on the heat until it has turned brown (not black). Skim off any foam that rises to the top, and pour the clear butter into a bowl, leaving behind the milk solids. Wash the saucepan.
4. Put the yolks, 1/4 cup/60 ml water, and a pinch of salt into the clean pan. Whisk over medium heat until ribbony, 3 to 5 minutes. If the pan gets too hot, the eggs will scramble, so lift the saucepan on and off the heat occasionally to keep the temperature in check. Take the pot off the heat and slowly whisk in the clarified butter, adding it in a thin stream. Season with salt, pepper, and a few squirts of lemon. It will be thick, but still pour off a spoon. It should be globby, like mayonnaise. Spoon the sauce into the cavity of the artichokes. Eat, by peeling off the leaves and dipping them in the sauce. When you get to the heart, eat it with a knife and fork.