Poached Eggs Massena Recipe

Step 1

Artichoke Preparation: Cut the stems and most of the leaves off the artichoke. With a paring knife, whittle off the leaves at the base to expose the heart. Scrape the fibrous "choke" to leave only the disk-shaped heart. Rub the heart with lemon. Cook with salted boiling water for about 8 minutes. Drain and refresh with cold water. Set aside.

Step 2

Bearnaise Sauce: In a heavy saucepan, combine wine, tarragon vinegar, shallots, fresh tarragon and white pepper. Boil to reduce to 3 tablespoons. Let cool. Meanwhile, melt the butter; cool slightly. Add egg yolks to vinegar mixture and cook over low heat, whisking constantly, for 1 minute or until the consistancy of mayonnaise. Do not overcook or it will curdle. Whisk in the warm melted butter in a thin stream into the wine mixture. The sauce will thicken. Whisk in salt, cayenne and white pepper to taste. Keep warm in a pan of warm water.

Step 3

Poach the 4 eggs 3 minutes in 2 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon wine vinegar. Remove with a slotted spoon and trim edges. Keep in warm water. To assemble, heat the artichoke hearts and blot dry. Spoon a bit of the Bearnaise Sauce into each heart. Place a poached egg on top and spoon more sauce over. Serve at once.

Things You'll Need

--------POACHED EGGS MASSENA------------
  • 4lg Artichokes
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Salt
  • Bearnaise sauce (see below)
----------BEARNAISE SAUCE---------------
  • 2/3c Dry white wine
  • 1/3c Tarragon vinegar
  • 3tb Shallots, minced
  • 2tb Fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1/2ts White pepper
  • 1/2c Unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • Salt and cayenne pepper
  • 4 Whole eggs
  • 2qt Water
  • 1tb Wine vinegar

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