It's that moment for First of the Season, Spring Asparagus. We know where to find it. And now you do, too. As for Hollandaise: Egg yolks, lemon juice, butter and heat are almost all you need for a perfect Hollandaise.
6 large egg yolks
12 oz clarified butter, melted and warm
½ tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp minced shallot
2 oz white wine
¼ tsp black peppercorns
Combine the shallots, peppercorns and white wine in a small saucepan and simmer until the mixture is reduced by 2/3, then strain – you should have 1 Tbsp of liquid.
Set up a double boiler by placing a metal mixing bowl over a pan with 1-2” of water in it – the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Place the pan over medium heat and bring the water to a simmer. Meanwhile, place the egg yolks, reduction, lemon juice, 1 Tbsp water, kosher salt and cayenne pepper into the bowl and whisk to combine with a thin wire whisk.
Whisk the egg yolk mixture in a figure 8 motion until they and pale yellow and thick enough to see a distinct ribbon when you let the mixture drip from the whisk. Remove the bowl from the double boiler and set onto a clean kitchen towel on your counter. While whisking the yolks, slowly drizzle in the warm clarified butter. If the sauce is too thick you can whisk in a little water to adjusts to the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve immediately or hold over a warm (not simmering or boiling) water bath until ready to use.