There is something magical about making your own mayonnaise. Not only does it taste far better than anything you can buy at the store – you are free to flavor it however you like and it’s a fraction of the cost of store-bought mayo! It’s one of those things that is so good – once you make it, you’ll never go back to buying it again! Try it, you won’t regret it – I promise!
This mayonnaise (and the variations, see below) is perfect for deviled eggs, egg salad, sandwiches and as a base for many different salad dressings – even tartar sauce! It’s incredibly versatile.
My version uses cooked eggs. Because I have little ones in the house as well as elderly family members – I don’t like to serve uncooked eggs. If it doesn’t bother you, just skip the cooking step and add everything to the blender. Finish as described below, adding the oil in a steady stream.
Homemade Cooked Mayonnaise
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper or cayenne
1 cup vegetable oil
In a small saucepan, place egg yolks, lemon juice, water and spices. Whisk to combine. Cook over very low heat until mixture thickens – stirring constantly. If you prefer, you can cook the eggs in a double boiler. Let cool for 2 – 3 minutes and scrape into a blender. Place the top on the blender, leaving off the center piece of the lid. Blend cooked egg mixture on high-speed – while blending add oil in a slow, steady stream. Blend until thickened and smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator. The mayonnaise will last about a week.
Garlic Mayonnaise – Add 1 – 2 cloves of minced garlic (more if you really like it!) to finished mayonnaise. The garlic flavor will get stronger as it sits.
Olive Oil Mayonnaise – Replace vegetable oil with olive oil.
Herb Mayonnaise – Add 2 – 3 tablespoons (or more, depending on you much flavor you want) of minced, fresh herbs to finished mayonnaise. Parsley, basil and chives are particularly nice.
Chipotle Mayonnaise – Add 1 tablespoon minced chipotle peppers, 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers), 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro and 1 teaspoon minced garlic.
These are just a few of the many variations that can be made – let your imagination run wild! What are your favorite mayonnaise flavors? Have you ever made mayonnaise at home? I’d love to hear from you!