Weetons Smoked Salmon Florentine

Using flavoursome Yorkshire smoked salmon, this recipe from Weetons Food Hall in Harrogate makes a delicious brunch.

Serves 4

  • 2 breakfast muffins, halved & lightly toasted
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • Knob of butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • 4 eggs
  • Hollandaise Sauce (this will make more than you need) 6 egg yolks 500g butter, clarified if possible 75ml white wine vinegar (alternatively 50ml lemon juice) 6 black peppercorns

Top Tips

If your hollandaise splits, just add a little hot water and mix well.

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Method

  1. First make the hollandaise sauce by hand whisking the egg yolks in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until thick and light in colour. Simmer the white wine vinegar with the peppercorns in a separate pan until reduced by 2/3rd. Strain out the peppercorns and add the vinegar reduction to the whisked eggs. Finally slowly incorporate the hot clarified butter, whisking all the time until you have a smooth emulsion.
  2. Next wilt the spinach in a pan with a knob of butter and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Poach the eggs in a pan of simmering water with a dash of white wine vinegar for 2 ½ minutes.
  4. Assemble the Florentine by placing a spoonful of spinach on each muffin, followed by a slice of smoked salmon and then a poached egg. Finally spoon the hollandaise sauce on top and season with freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkling of sea salt.

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