Rösti Potatoes Eggs Benedict

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Rösti Potatoes Benedict Recipe / Serves 4.
Swiss Rösti potatoes is similar to hash brown potatoes. Though, the Rösi method calls for shredded par-boiled potatoes while hash brown is usually based on shredded raw potatoes which requires to be washed off vs the par-boiled method that does not. It will thus hold its shape much better because of the starch. Consequently, its texture may lack of crispiness which can be improved by finishing cooking in the oven or even deep frying.

4 ea. ≈(2lb./900g) medium yukon gold or russet potatoes
2 Tbsp (30g) butter, melted
1 Tbsp (15ml) olive oil
Salt / black pepper to taste.

In large saucepan bring water to boil, add a teaspoon of salt. Par-boil potatoes for about 15 min. Transfer in cool water for 5 min or so. Cut off potato eyes and shred or cut into batonnet. Season with melted butter, oil, salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Oeufs Mollets (Poached eggs in their shell Method)
4 ea. large fresh eggs, pasture-raised eggs preferably

Bring water to a boil, add about 1/2 Tbsp salt (6g) salt and 1/4 cup (60ml) white vinegar. Immerse cold eggs carefully, lower the heat and cook for 6 minutes moving eggs around every so often. Transfer eggs in ice water to stop cooking. After 20 min or so, gently crack the shell and place eggs back in the water. It’s a delicate procedure since eggs aren’t fully cooked – eggs should remain intact once peeled. Store poached eggs in cold water and fridge for up to 3 days changing water every day.

Poached Eggs Method
4 ea. large fresh eggs, pasture-raised eggs preferably
1/4 cup (60ml) distilled white vinegar
No salt; adding salt to your poaching liquid breaks up the eggs whites.

In a large pot bring water and vinegar to boil and lower the heat and maintain a low simmer. Crack each egg in a separate container. Carefully drop an egg or 2 into the center of the pot (do not let eggs to touch each other) and let it cook for about 30 seconds. Then, slowly stir the water in one direction until it's all smoothly spinning around. The swirling water will help prevent the white from "feathering," or spreading out in the pan.
Let cook eggs for about 3 minutes and remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and transfer to an ice bath and refrigerate.

Both methods are completely different – the second one maybe easier to handle overall.

Hollandaise sauce (quick method)
3 ea. (60g) egg yolks
1/2 Tbsp (7.6ml) lemon juice or white wine
Salt/ ground black pepper / cayenne to taste
1 Tbsp (15ml) hot water
1.2 stick (130g) butter, hot.

Have extra simmering water in a saucepan ready. In a narrow but tall cup, put all ingredients but the water and butter. When immersion blender is in, add hot water and begin to blend on high speed; pour hot butter (not clarified) in stream. Place the bottom of the cup in hot water 20/30 sec; do not stop the mixer – the internal temp of the suace should reach 145ºF (63ºC). The sauce must not scramble. If it begins to scramble, remove from heat immediatly and blend well. Rewarm and give an emulsion before serving. If made in larger quantity and only before serving, use a vitamix to make the texture of the sauce even more silky.

Hollandaise Sauce (Sous-Vide Method)
This method gives the most consistent results. Place yolks, chilled butter, cold wine or lemon juice, (no water though), salt, pepper and cayenne in a cryovac bag. Seal and cook sous-vide for 30 minutes at 145ºF (63ºC).
Open bag and blend in full blast adding a splash of hot water if necessary. Keep warm for the service. If made in larger quantity and only before serving, use a vitamix to make the texture of the sauce even more silky.

Slightly Wilted Frisée in Dressing (Salad Lyonnaise Method without Bacon)
Frisée salad, washed
2 ea. shallots, minced
Some olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Sweat shallots (no collor) in olive oil. Deglaze with a few splashes of red wine vinegar; reduce by half – toss in salad quickly and serve immediately.

Smoked salmon / Seasoned frisée salad / Proscuitto slices sandwiched in 2 silicone mats and tray; bake for about 15/20 min at 400ºF (190ºC). Keep warm inside the turned off oven. / Thin slices red onions. / Capers and dill.

Place smoked salmon pieces around the plate, top with dill, red onions and capers. Put hot Rosi potatoes in the center of the place. Top with frisée and a hot poached egg (deep in boiling water for a min prior serving). Pour warm hollandaise sauce and break some proscuitto chips over. Bon appétit!

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