This simple, elegant sauce brings bright citrus, creamy butter, and a bit of red pepper heat to dishes like steamed or roasted vegetables, fish, poultry and more. Try it as a way to boost flavor on one of your tried-and-true dishes.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge European Style Unsalted Butter
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper (optional)
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 - 1½ lb. asparagus spears or green beans, steamed
1Melt butter and combine with red pepper; set aside.
2Bring water to a simmer in the bottom of a double boiler or a saucepan set up to use as a double boiler.
3Whisk egg yolks, water, orange juice and lemon juice in the top portion of a double boiler. Place this over the pan of barely simmering water and whisk constantly until the eggs are thickened (160°F). Remove from the heat and continue to whisk while very slowly adding the melted butter. (A blender could also be used – transfer the egg yolk mixture to the blender and with blender running, gradually add butter through opening in top.)
4Blend until mixture is thick and creamy. Stir in orange zest and salt.
5Spoon sauce over steamed asparagus spears or green beans.