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Macadamia Mayonnaise and Aioli
Making your own mayonnaise is a great, its quick to whiz together and know exactly what’s gone into it. Its very satisfying but there is a knack to it and it requires good quality ingredients. Commercial mayos typically contains preservatives, stabilisers and poor quality oils, ‘low fat’ mayonnaise may contain starches, cellulose gel and other ingredients to simulate the texture of real mayonnaise. I love this simple, alternative mayonnaise recipe, free from all of the guck.
Mayonnaise is the creamy base for heaps of recipes, particularly good with Caesar salad.
First, start with a cold egg and a room temperature lemon. Always use a light, cold-pressed oil; avocado, walnut or macadamia nut oil, if using olive oil then only use extra light. I discovered that using macadamia nut oil works best for me along with adding some ground nuts, the oil has a light texture and flavour so it adds a pleasant hint of nuttiness, it’s also extremely rich in monounsaturated fats and has a high smoke point, so good for many for cooking uses.
- Makes 1 cup
- 1 large organic free-range egg
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons of Organic Apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 cup light oil (macadamia nut oil, avocado oil or walnut oil)
- 2-4 tablespoons macadamia nuts
- Mill the macadamia nuts in your processor until fine
- Add the egg, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mustard and macadamia nut flour to your blender and blend for about 10 seconds until well combined.
- Remove the cap in the middle of your blender lid and turn the blender on on the lowest setting. Keep the blender running throughout the process. Or use a hand blender in a long glass container.
- Begin to very slowly drip your oil into your blender opening. Have the oil ready in a measuring cup or jug that’s easy to pour from, otherwise it will be too hard to get a thin stream of oil and it will pour too fast or make a mess. The mixture will begin to emulsify, thickening to produce a creamy texture.
- Keep dripping consistently until the mixture looks like mayonnaise. Don’t necessarily add all of the oil, stop when your mixture looks right and is at the right quantity for you.This whole process takes about 5-6 minutes.
Store: Your mayonnaise will last in your fridge up to 5 days depending on the freshness of your eggs.
To make it, all you need to do is use the mayonnaise recipe above but add a clove of crushed garlic at the stage you first blend the egg. You can also use raw cloves for a strong tangy taste, for a mellow rich smoky taste opt for roasted or confit garlic.