Saturday, 18 August 2012

Better Than Miracle Whip!!!

Make some real mayonnaise. You can make it with as little as a single egg yolk and 1/2 cup of olive oil if you can’t use up a larger amount in a few days and if you have a stick blender, stand mixer or food processor it’s finished in about 3 minutes.

Note: I’ve gotten so used to making my own mayonnaise I don’t bother with the boiling water any longer – I’ve never had a batch curdle or separate (to be honest, I no longer warm the bowl on my stand mixer either). Include the water if you haven’t made mayo before or if you want to thin it a bit. And if you really want it to taste like Miracle Whip, double the vinegar and add a couple of teaspoons of sugar. I won’t tell anyone.

Homemade Yumminess

Mayonnaise Recipe:  (makes about 2 cups)
  • 3 yolks at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry or prepared mustard (I used a good Dijon)
  • 1 3/4 cups light olive oil, vegetable oil or a combination of both
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
Warm the mixing bowl from the stand mixer in hot water; wipe dry and latch on to the mixer. Place the egg yolks in the bowl and attach the whisk. Beat for 1 or 2 minutes until they are thick and sticky.

Add the vinegar or lemon juice, salt and mustard. Beat for 30 seconds more.

Begin adding the oil by drops with a teaspoon, or rest the lip of the measuring cup on the edge of the bowl. Keep your eye on the oil rather than on the mayonnaise. Stop pouring and continue beating every 10 seconds or so, to be sure the egg yolks are absorbing the oil.

After 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oil has been incorporated, the mayonnaise will thicken into a very heavy cream and the crisis of potential curdling is over. Beat in the remaining oil in a thin, steady stream. If the mayo becomes too thick and stiff, beat in drops of vinegar or lemon juice to thin it out, then continue with the oil.

Beat the boiling water into the mayonnaise – more anti-curdling insurance. Season to taste.

If not using immediately, scrape it into a small bowl and cover it tightly so a skin will not form on its surface.