Southern Mom Loves: Date Night In: Brut Rosé & Artichokes with Mock Hollandaise

Date Night In: Brut Rosé & Artichokes with Mock Hollandaise

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A date night in can be a fun way to reconnect, especially when the eats are as yummy as this. I'm going all out and instead of a still wine, I'm serving an amazing Brut Rosé sparkling wine along with a dish of steamed artichokes with a Mock Hollandaise. What is a Mock Hollandaise? It's easier to make, has less calories, but is still just as rich and delicious as the original.

My husband and I don't always have the time (or the energy) to get out for date nights, so we sometimes plan date nights in. We feel that it's important to reconnect after a hectic week in which we may not even see each other that often. Date Nights In are most often spent just hanging out, but it doesn't always have to be the same old, same old. I'm elevating the ordinary with a sparkling wine and a delicious dish.

love steamed artichokes and I've always made a Mock Hollandaise to dip them in. It's a thick, rich, lemony sauce and today I'm sharing my grandmother's recipe. 

It's uses less butter, so is lower in fat than a real Hollandaise, but is easier to make and relies on a roux for it's thickness. It pairs perfectly with artichokes, as does this extraordinary sparkling Brut Rosé from Gloria Ferrer.

This sparkling wine comes from Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Carneros, California. It was founded in 1986 in the now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County by the Ferrer family of Spain.

Did you know that all champagnes are sparkling wines, but that not all sparkling wines are champagne? To be called champagne, a sparkling wine must come from the region of Champagne, France.

Gloria Ferrer is not only the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma Carneros, but also the first to bring back clones from France to plant their vineyard. If the plants came from Champagne, France, can we call it champagne?

Their Blanc de Blancs (white of whites) is another offering from Gloria Ferrer to look out for. The name is used to designate sparkling wines made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes and is the first choice of serious champagne lovers.

They are known as experts in the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and produce estate grown still and sparkling wines that rival some of the world’s finest. Their wines have earned over 500 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years. Find out more about their offerings here.

And then make an artichoke dish to remember.

Steamed Artichokes with Mock Hollandaise

  • whole artichokes (however many you'd like to serve)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3/4 c. hot water
  • juice of 1-1/2 lemons (about 3 Tablespoons + more for seasoning the artichoke)
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • liberal dash of cayenne pepper

1. Prepare your artichoke by cutting off the stem and the top quarter of the head. Using a pair of kitchen shears, go around the head, cutting off the prickly tips of the leaves. Squeeze a half of a lemon over the top of the artichoke.

2. Fill the bottom of a pot with about an inch of water and a teaspoon of salt and bring to a simmer. Place the artichoke in the pot and cover with a lid. Steam for 20-25 minutes, or until the heart is tender and easily pierced.

3. Melt the butter in a medium pot and whisk in the flour. Cook until well dissolved.

3. Add the hot water gradually, stirring constantly, then add in the beaten egg yolks slowly while whisking to avoid scrambling them. Add the lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring, for another 3 minutes.

4. Your sauce should coat a spoon when dipped in. Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to serve.

You can serve this in small bowls to dip, but I'm making a bit of a presentation by flooding my serving dish with this Mock Hollandaise.

Then garnishing with lemon slices and a sprinkling of Paprika.

It makes for a pretty display of an absolutely mouthwatering dish.

I hope you love this fun Date Night In idea.

Make it an occasion!

And if you're ever wondering which sparkling wine to pair with artichokes, try this Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé.


What is your favorite way to spend a Date Night In? Do you like to make them extra-special? I love to read your comments!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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