A simple way to add an extra layer of flavor (and fanciness) to everyday sandwiches is by using a little flavored mayonnaise. Pre-made versions abound, but it's almost as convenient — and a whole lot tastier — to make your own by just adding a few ingredients to store-bought mayonnaise.
A bowl and a whisk are all you need when mixing mayonnaise with sauces, juices or ground spices. For herbs or other large mix-ins, a mini food processor or immersion blender ensures a smooth result. And of course, any of these flavorings can be added to homemade mayonnaise too, if you have a little more time to spare.
10 Ideas for DIY Flavored Mayonnaise
• 1 Sriracha: Add a squirt of the sauce to taste and use on everything from banh mi to egg and bacon sandwiches.
• 2 Wasabi: Mix in powdered wasabi for a spicy kick.
• 3 Roasted garlic: Mash cloves of roasted garlic into mayo.
• 4 Fresh herbs: We're particularly fond of Orangette's basil version. Perfect for summer tomato sandwiches!
• 5 Chipotle: Blend mayo with a whole chile in adobo sauce (or more or less, depending on your spice tolerance).
• 6 Harissa: Spread it on a lamb burger or on grilled eggplant.
• 7 Citrus juice: Use lime or lemon juice alone or with other mix-ins.
• 8 Mustard: Spread on sandwiches, of course, but also simple roasted chicken.
• 9 Dry spices: Think plain spices like smoked paprika, or spice blends like curry powder.
• 10 Capers: Lemon-caper mayonnaise would be so good on a smoked salmon sandwich.
Do you ever make your own flavored mayonnaise? Any ideas you'd add to the list?
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