Monday, 20 August 2012

Basil-Garlic Mayonnaise

I'm surprised to say I actually liked this, and thought it was delicious on those little tomato kebabs you see in the picture, and also on the boiled potatoes and green beans that followed them. I'm surprised, because I've always kind of hated mayonnaise, not just the prepared stuff you buy in plastic jars but even home-made mayonnaise. Especially home-made mayonnaise, in fact. I guess my tastes have changed.

 And of course, I'm a sucker for basil and garlic. There is no reason why you have to use the basil and garlic; you can leave it out and make plain mayonnaise. But I have to say that at this time of year, they really make that mayonnaise sing.

1 generous cup
20 minutes prep time, plus 1 hour to marinate

Basil-Garlic Mayonnaise

Prepare the Oil:
3 cloves of garlic
4 or 5 sprigs (3 or 4 leaves each) of basil
1 cup extra-virgin sunflower or olive oil

Peel the garlic, and rinse the sprigs of basil and drain them well. Slice and bruise the garlic, and shred the basil finely. Mix them with the oil, and let rest for about 1 hour. Strain well, pressing the solids to extract all the oil. Discard the solids (the basil and garlic).

Make the Mayonnaise:
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder

Put the egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in a very clean, dry glass, ceramic or metal mixing bowl. Beat them together with an electric mixer, also taking care that the beaters are clean and dry. Let the mixture rest for 4 or 5 minutes.

Then, begin beating in the oil, a few drops at a time. The mixer should be on a fairly low to medium setting; do not beat it too quickly. The mixture should thicken slightly as you work, and by the time about half the oil is in, it should be looking distinctly like mayonnaise. At that point, you can add the oil in larger and larger amounts, until it is all in and the mayonnaise is thick and creamy. Beat in the mustard powder.

1 comment:

deepdowndawn said...

I'm so excited to have found your blog. Some of these recipes look amazing. It's going to be a great resource for me in trying to eat local and seasonally (in Ontario too!).