DIY: Homemade Mayo

by Shawnda on October 1, 2008

in DIY

I don’t like Miracle Whip. I am the real mayo-lovin’ black sheep in a fold of Miracle Whip lovers.

It wasn’t always like that, though. There was no Hellmann’s in my house growing up – we were a completely loyal Miracle Whip household. My mom would occasionally sneak in a jar of off-brand sandwich spread but only occasionally – the tantrum my dad threw over the fake Miracle Whip was so not worth the money saved! But after getting my hands on real mayo, I’ve never looked back.

Years later, grown up and married, I find myself again alone in my love for mayonnaise. I also find myself in a predicament: I’m whipping up a topping for crostini that has to chill overnight. It’s 2am and I don’t have any mayo. But I do have Google and I’m probably getting close to the 100 cookbook mark.

So many recipes, so few hours until the sun comes up. I passed over the ‘whisk for 10 minutes’ recipes in favor of an advanced, 21st century recipe. Call me lazy but whisking for 10 minutes? It’s after 2am.

Okay. Just call me lazy.

But really. If you only do it once, make a batch of homemade mayonnaise. It makes everything taste better. Brighter. Richer. Chicken salad, tuna salad, a tomato sandwich, dips and spreads. Everything.

For fantastic variation, stir in a couple of tablespoons of fresh cilantro pesto or basil pesto. Fresh rosemary is a great addition for a very unboring chicken salad.

Homemade Mayonnaise
1 egg, at room temperature
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup canola oil

Add the egg, lemon juice, mustard, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Turn on and process. Slowly stream the oils into the food processor. After adding all of the oil, process another 30 seconds. Place in a covered bowl, with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface of the mayo, and refrigerate.

Adapted from: The Gourmet Cookbook, 2004
Yields: Approx 1 1/4 cup mayo

Originally uploaded by Confections of a Foodie Bride.

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1 Jade October 1, 2008 at 8:42 am

This looks great – and easy! I think Molly from Orangette wrote up a recipe and interesting article in Bon Appetit a few months back about homemade mayo too. I’m not usually a mayo fan, so maybe I would like this better than the jarred variety…

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2 Mollie October 1, 2008 at 10:59 am

Oh, you’re SO not alone loving mayo. I also grew up in a Miracle Whip household and I now laugh at what fools they were! I used to think I didn’t like mayo because I hated Miracle Whip and figured they were the same thing… oh so wrong! Home made aiolis and mayos are soooo freaking good. I want to make a BLT right now and slather it with that stuff!

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3 Kate October 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I wonder if I would like homemade mayo better than the storebought stuff which I hate.

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