Especially if you want it sugar-free and nasty-number free! Inspired by the I Quit Sugar Mayo recipe and a recipe by our friend, Rosanne Martin.
A stick blender and its mixing glass are the perfect tools for making this recipe. It can also be made in an ordinary blender though you may need to use a spatula every so often to scrape the ingredients back down onto the blade. If you’re extra keen you can make this with a hand whisk.
2 Tblsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ -½ tsp salt (taste test after adding ¼ tsp)
About 1 cup good olive oil (don’t add yet)
1 Tblsp Whey (optional) will give the mayo a fantastic probiotic boost. If you use whey, leave the mayo out on the bench for 8 hours to allow for a slight fermentation before storing in the fridge.
Now choose your flavouring:
- Either 1 handful fresh Sweet Basil leaves
- OR other fresh herbs
- OR 4 sundried tomatoes
Whizz the ingredients including the chosen flavouring (but not the oil) for 30 seconds to mix.
Pour your olive oil into a small lipped jug or easy-pouring bottle. While you have your blender running gently pour the olive oil in a thin stream into the mix. This slow pour will cause an emulsion to form which means the mayonnaise thickens. The mix will begin to thicken at about ½ to ¾ of a cup of oil. You choose how thick you want your mayo or aoli. You can thin it down with a little water if you accidentally go too thick.
6 Things to Note:
- Aoli is mayo with garlic.
- The Mayo with Sweet Basil version makes a nice pasta salad and also pairs well with eggs.
- The plain mayo is great with salad or if you add chopped cornichons (gherkins) and a little chopped tomato and parsley it makes a nice Tartare sauce for fish.
- You can collect your own whey by taking a jar of plain yoghurt and leaving it to drain hanging in a muslin cloth overnight. The whey will drain out and leave you with a firm yoghurt or cream cheese.
- An emulsion is the result combining fine droplets of an oil with another liquid by mixing to make a cream. This is essentially how face creams are made. Oooh mayo moisturiser…!
- All easy to make at home AND free of nasties. Keeps for 2-3 weeks in a glass jar in the fridge. If you use whey in the making your mayo will keep for 2-3 months in the fridge.