Homemade garlic and herb mayonnaise might not store as long as the store-bought stuff, but it contains none of the unhealthy preservatives and additives. And it tastes better and is easier than you think.
If you’ve never been treated to fresh garlic and herb mayonnaise (aka aioli mayonnaise), it’s time to pamper yourself. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make. It won’t store as long as its seriously inferior store-bought cousin, but you’ll relish a much healthier — and preservative-free — version! Note: All ingredients should be at room temperature, and use fresh eggs from pastured hens.
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp garlic, diced
1 twist freshly ground pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Fresh herbs, chopped (optional)
In a food processor, blend all the ingredients except the oil for about 1 minute, then slowly — very slowly! — add the oil in a stream and continue to process until creamy and smooth. Adjust seasonings as needed, and feel free to add a pinch of cayenne or some chopped herbs.
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Tabitha Alterman is a Senior Associate Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. In spring, she digs making fresh butter, yogurt and cheese with yummy, creamy milk from the cows and goats that thrive on the pastures of the nearby Hudson Valley.
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