Butternut Squash & Leek Latke Benedict

By • March 12, 2013 • 1 Comments



Author Notes: Crispy latkes made from rich butternut squash and savory leeks, fried up and served with a poached egg and creamy hollandaise sauce.CrepesofWrath

Serves 4

Hollandaise Sauce and Poached Eggs

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cup of water, for the double boiler
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 large pot of almost-boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 2 eggs (at a time - you pros go ahead and poach as many at a time as you can, my limit is 2 at a time - you'll probably end up needing 10-12 eggs for the whole recipe; adjust as needed)
  1. First, because hollandaise can burn so easily, you need to either use a double boiler for this or make one yourself. I don’t have one, so I made one. Pour a cup of water (more or less, depending on your pot, just enough to cover the bottom for about an inch). Make sure your second pot will fit inside of the pot with water in it and that you will be able to whisk inside of it without worrying about spilling water inside of it.
  2. First, because hollandaise can burn so easily, you need to either use a double boiler for this or make one yourself. I don’t have one, so I made one. Pour a cup of water (more or less, depending on your pot, just enough to cover the bottom for about an inch). Make sure your second pot will fit inside of the pot with water in it and that you will be able to whisk inside of it without worrying about spilling water inside of it.
  3. Keep whisking in additional tablespoons of butter until you have incorporated all of it. Whisk in the lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and ground mustard. Taste and add more seasonings as needed. Turn off the heat, but keep the hollandaise in its pan sitting on top of the pot with the warm water in it to keep warm while you make the other components of this dish. You may have to add a teaspoon of milk or so if it thickens too much while you work (I did).
  4. Bring a large pot of water to almost-boiling, but not quite as this will overcook the eggs. Add just a splash of vinegar to the water (this is supposed to help. I’ve heard it’s an old wives tale but it works for me so I keep doing it) and stir to combine.
  5. It is best to crack the eggs you will be using first into ramekins or those neat little silicone cups before your start poaching. This way, you aren’t fumbling trying to crack eggs and delicately add them to the water.
  6. When your eggs are ready to go, take your utensil of choice (mine is a mesh covered scooping spatula usually used for frying) and start vigorously swirling the hot water. It should look like a whirlpool. Take your first ramekin with an egg in it, then dip it quickly and ever so slight in the swirling water, so that the water kind of scoops the egg out and takes it away (I will be honest; this just takes practice. Be prepared to screw up your first few eggs; it’s okay!).
  7. Allow the eggs to swirl and cook (you can swirl the top of the water a bit if you need to keep the momentum going). The idea is that the swirling water will swirl the white around the yolk and cook while the yolk remains nice and runny. They should cook in the water for about 3 minutes, then pull them out gently and place them on a paper towel to drain any excess water, then gently use a utensil, your hands, or, what I find works best, which is to pick up the paper towel and carefully roll the egg out onto your latke. You can leave them on the towels, though, for 5 minutes or so while you finish everything up.

Butternut Squash & Leek Latkes

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled
  • 2 large leeks, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons flour or matzoh flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 small pinch ground cinnamon
  1. If you are poaching your eggs, this is the point at which you should start heating your water to a simmer in a separate pot. Alright, now the latkes. Peel and grate your squash. You can cut it up and use the proper food processor blades to do this, but I didn’t feel like getting yet another appliance out, so I just used a bit of elbow grease and grated it on a box grater, along with the cleaned leeks. Toss together, then squeeze as much liquid out of the mixture as possible by pressing down on it with paper towels. You won’t get much, so don’t spend too long on this.
  2. Add in the eggs, cornstarch, flour, and spices. Heat a heavy bottomed cast iron pan with about 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Use a 2-tablespoon sized cookie scoop (or just scoop with a large spoon) and scoop the squash and leek mixture onto the skillet. The scoops should sizzle immediately. If they don’t, your pan isn’t hot enough. Allow the latkes to cool on one side for about 3-4 minutes as they are, them flip them and smash them down with your spatula. Allow them to go for another 3-4 minutes, until they are crispy and golden on both sides. Make sure your remove them from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate for at least a minute before serving so the oil can drain from them.
  3. Just as a recap, I recommend making the sauce first, then heating your water while you prep your latkes, then while your latkes cook, poach your eggs.
  4. When you’re ready to eat, place your latkes on your plate, top with a poached egg, and drizzle with a spoonful of hollandaise. Crack a little black pepper on top for garnish and serve warm. The latkes recipe make about 12 good sized latkes, so you will technically have enough food for 4 people, depending on how hungry you are.

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over 1 year ago bugbitten

Lovely concept. I usually don't care for wordy recipes, but yours made me feel I was standing beside you. My one thought is that you could desiccate the latke mixture with an overnight in the fridge. Thanks for this. I'll try it one weekend, or another, soon.