Omelette Arnold Bennett

Omelette Arnold Bennett
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The omelette Arnold Bennett is named for the novelist who was staying at the Savoy Hotel in London and would pop his head round the kitchen door to ask for an omelette containing smoked haddock. Arnold Bennett wrote famous novelks such as Anna Of The  Five Towns and An Old Wives Tale. The dish is often used  as a test of chef skills.

It featured as one of Marcus Wareing’s skill tests in series 8, episode 2 because it reveals how well a chef works wit the handling of fish and the creation of a hollandaise sauce for creation of this dish. Omelettes bring their own particular requirements in skills. A simple omelette is one worth trying out just to get the hang of making a decent one. Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and James Martin have all posted various types on line.

The hollandaise sauce has been prepared elsewhere but it is worth just looking at the recipe again at this level as its to be grilled rather than used as a pouring sauce. 

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  • 300ml/10fl oz milk
  • 200 – 250g/7 – 7½oz  smoked haddock. It is ideal if it is not dyed but that is not always possible.
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 10 black peppercorns (optional)
  • free-range eggs, two egg yolks  for the Hollandaise and three whole eggs for a typical three-egg omelette.
  • 40g/1½oz butter ideally clarified if possible for the Hollandaise sauce
  • 40g/1½oz butter
  • 10g white wine vinegar
  • 15g/½oz plain flour
  • 50g/1¾oz grated mature cheddar cheese, parmesan or gruyere cheese
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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