I can think of no better way to kick off off Alberta Co-op Basics Week than with this fluffy, creamy, dreamy mayonnaise recipe. If you’ve never made your own mayo, DO IT NOW! You will be amazed at how quick and simple it is, and after tasting it you will never want to go back to the jarred stuff!
An immersion blender is very helpful for this recipe, and is an essential in my kitchen; I use it almost daily. This year I upgraded to a Bamix Classic and could not be happier with it, but for years I used readily available inexpensive versions with great results. If you don’t have one, a regular blender, food processor, or hand mixer can be used.
- 1 1/4 C oil, divided see notes, below
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1/2 tsp Mustard Powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2-1 lemon, juiced
- Place the egg, 1/4 cup of oil, mustard powder, and salt in a mixing bowl, blender, or food processor. Mix thoroughly.
- While the food processor or blender is running (or while mixing in a bowl with a stick blender), slowly drizzle in the remaining cup of oil.
- After you’ve added all the oil and the mixture has emulsified, add lemon juice to taste, stirring gently with a spoon to incorporate.
- I use 1/4C olive oil, then drizzle in 1C high-oleic sunflower oil.
- For best results, all ingredients should be room temperature. To quickly warm your egg, place it in a cup of warm water for a few minutes.
- Do not try to rush the oil pouring step. When it comes to mayonnaise, slower=thicker.
½ cup Homemade Mayo • 2 tablespoons chopped chives • zest of 1 lemon • black pepper
Put ½ cup of the mayo into a bowl. Use a microplane grater to zest the (washed) lemon, and add the zest to the bowl. Add the chopped chives. Stir thoroughly to combine. Add cracked black pepper to taste (optional).
Basil Garlic Mayo:
1 cup finely chopped fresh basil • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1/4 teaspoon salt •1/8 teaspoon cayenne • 3/4 cup Homemade Mayo
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until blended. Store covered in the refrigerator.
1 clove garlic, minced • ¼ teaspoon paprika • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, minced • 1 tablespoon dried chives • ½ cup Homemade Mayo • 1 teaspoon lemon juice • salt and black pepper
In a small bowl, mix the garlic, paprika, parsley, chives, and mayo with a fork. Drizzle in the lemon juice while continuing to mix, then taste and season with salt and pepper. If your dressing is too thick, add either lemon juice or water — ¼ teaspoon at a time — until it’s the right consistency.
1 clove garlic, minced • 1 lemon, juiced • 1 teaspoon black pepper • ½ tube anchovy paste (about 1 ounce) • ½ cup Homemade Mayo • 1 tablespoon Dijon or spicy brown mustard* • salt and black pepper
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until blended. Store covered in the refrigerator. *If you are on the Whole30, read your mustard labels! Many Dijons contain white wine, which rules them out for the program.
½ cup Homemade Mayo • 1 Tablespoon minced cornichons or dill pickle • 2 Tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, minced • 2 teaspoon minced capers • 2 teaspoon minced chives (fresh) • ½ Tablespoon lemon juice • 1 teaspoon pickle juice • salt and ground black pepper
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spatula until blended. Allow the flavors to meld for 30 minutes before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Creamy Italian Dressing:
2 tablespoons homemade mayo • 1 tablespoon vinegar: balsamic, wine, or cider (I like pomegranate balsamic!) • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 1/8 teaspoon Italian herb blend (or pick one: dried oregano, rosemary, or basil) • salt and pepper, to taste
Crush the dried herbs with your fingers, then add to mayo, along with garlic. Blend well with a fork. Mix in the vinegar, then taste and season with salt and pepper. If your dressing is too thick, add either vinegar or water – a ¼ teaspoon at a time – until it’s the right consistency. Keep in mind that it will get slightly more liquidy as you toss it with your salad ingredients.
1 (7-ounce) can tuna packed in olive oil or water, drained • 5 anchovies packed in olive oil, drained • 2 tablespoons capers, drained • 3 tablespoons lemon juice • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil • ½ cup homemade mayonnaise • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper
Dump all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Done.