The Basics: Homemade Mayonnaise

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The Staples

Homemade Mayonnaise

Freshly prepared mayonnaise is a ritzy way to enjoy your favorite sandwiches, bread spreads, sauces & salad dressings. Take it one step further & fold into your best chicken salad or pimiento cheese recipe for unbelievably pure decadence…
Good old-fashioned southern staples at their finest.

The simple emulsion in which oil is suspended in an egg yolk is seasoned effortlessly with a few basic essentials. The task generally takes anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes when prepared by hand. You can expect one egg yolk to hold up to 3/4 cup of oil by whisking vigorously & continually until the mixture is very thick. Droplets of water are added during the process to thin the mixture until all of the oil has taken into the mayonnaise.

It’s important to start with oil that is as fresh as possible as it will provide the flavor foundation of the finished mixture. I chose a readily available, relatively neutral tasting canola oil that will allow the remaining ingredients to shine bright. However, feel free to experiment with olive, grape-seed, safflower or peanut oil which would all be fine choices creating slight flavor differences. A blend of fruity & mild oils can also be used for equally tasty results.

Classically Refined

A clove or two of minced garlic upgrades a homemade mayonnaise into an instant aïoli pairing wonderfully with fish & steamed vegetables. Sprinkle in a smattering of fresh herbs such as basil & chives & you’re well on your way to a beautiful salad dressing when enhanced with a splash of buttermilk. If you’ve never made mayonnaise, try my shortcut method that’s ready in less than 5 minutes. It’s easy to replicate in your own kitchen with successful results each & every time.

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makes about 2/3 cup

This basic recipe can be enhanced however you so choose. Expect bright lemon notes just after preparing that mellow once refrigerated. Once you get comfortable preparing your own, experiment with additional flavors by stirring in a smidgen of Dijon mustard, flavored vinegar or hot sauce.

1 egg yolk
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp kosher salt
A pinch of ground red pepper
2/3 cup canola oil

one
Place the egg yolk, the lemon juice, the salt & the ground red pepper
in a large slip resistant bowl.

a batter bowl with a rubber ring around the base works well
it holds the bowl steady so you can free your hands to add the oil
in a steady stream with one hand & blend the mixture with the other
 

restaurant cooks place one bowl on top of another
with a side towel in between the bowls for similar results

two
Blend the mixture using a hand-held electric mixer
fit with whisk attachments beginning on Low speed.

Simultaneously, add the oil in a slow steady stream.
Gradually increase the speed to Medium-High once the mixture begins to thicken
& approximately half of the oil has been added.

Fleck several droplets of water into the bowl 3 or 4 times
during the process to thin the mixture, if necessary.
Adjust the seasonings as desired.
Use within a few days.

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Every southern kitchen uses copious amounts of mayonnaise to prepare regional favorites.
Potluck potato salad & pimiento cheese would be downright lost without it.

A few everyday kitchen tools & ingredients will have you well on your way
to making this sumptuous everyday delight.
Get ready to be inspired to try an array of flavor combinations.

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You’ll be using both hands simoutaneously to prepare the mayonnaise.
One to control the mixer or whisk & the other to pour in the oil.

Begin with a bowl that will rest sturdy on the countertop.
I love a batter bowl because of the rubber ring around the base.
It also features high sides that will help contain everything inside the bowl.

A hand-held mixer is a quick shortcut for preparing mayonnaise from scratch.
Stop the mixer a few times & scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula.
If the mixture gets extremely thick, add a few droplets of water… literally.
Droplets. Blend until smooth.

The Raw Egg Yolk

There is a risk consuming raw eggs as they can cause food-borne illness.
Start by using the freshest, cleanest eggs possible that have been properly refrigerated.
The safest eggs to use are pasteurized eggs in the shell which have been treated
to kill any traces of salmonella bacteria that may be present.

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Cooking Lessons

Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making this baseline condiment to pair with all of your favorite foods. Adding a signature flavor is simple to do. Hot sauce, vinegars & mustard are a great starting point. Fresh herbs & seasoning blends take backyard burgers to the next level.

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