Mayonnaise is made by whisking oil into egg yolks. This is not, perhaps, the most appetizing or health-inspiring of concepts on first glance. But add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt while whisking, and we make a delicate and cooling sauce that transcends its oily origins.
Mayonnaise is fantastic without any adornment, of course, but it can also be a great vehicle for fresh herbs and other flavorings. The most famous riff is aioli, which incorporates garlic into the mayo base. Basil is another favorite addition, as in our recipe for California BLTs. Try mixing a little adobo sauce into the mayo for your next burger — so good!
Let's hear from you now: do you make your own mayo? Or do you have a favorite brand that you keep in the fridge?
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