Let’s have a little chat about homemade mayo, shall we? It’s all the rave right now, well at least in my kitchen it is! I have never been a huge mayonnaise fan but I have always down for using it in recipes. Now, thanks to making my own mayo, I am like the world’s biggest mayo fan (if you didn’t notice already)! Making your own mayonnaise may sound difficult but that is far from the truth– it is so very simple! Only 5 ingredients, and about 5 minutes and you’ll have your own mayo on the table. For real though!
I CANNOT believe I went my first Whole30 Challenge without homemade mayo…what a disgrace! I was seriously missing out! Making a batch of mayonnaise leads to endless, tasty possibilities. Here are some of my favorite uses of mayo in my kitchen when I am (and when I am not) taking on the Whole30 Challenge:
- Use it in tuna or chicken salads for delicious, easy grab-and-go lunches.
- Use it to make salad dressings (You can make Ranch and Ceasar by using Mayo as a base).
- Change up the flavor of the mayo to make an Aioli to use as a dipping sauce for roasted french fries, veggies, and for steamed artichokes! You can also drizzle aioli sauces over tacos for an extra umph!
- Make a tarter sauce to elevate your everyday fish!
As you can see…the possibilities are pretty much endless here and we will continue to include homemade mayo in our recipes so that you can get more inspiration and use out of yours. Now, GO MAKE SOME MAYO!
- 1 egg must be room temp!
- 1 cup avocado or safflower oil
- 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- juice of 1/2 lemon
Immersion Blender Method:
- Pour the oil into a wide-mouth glass jar with an opening a little bit wider than the head of your immersion blender. Crack the egg into the oil and let settle unto the bottom of the jar.
- Place the immersion blender into the jar and position the blade directly over the egg yolk. Turn the immersion blender on low and hold in place, while the blender is running, until the bottom of the jar starts to turn into a creamy emulsion, about 10 seconds.
- Once you see that creamy emulsion at the bottom, start lifting the blender up a bit and pressing it back down, essentially emulsifying the mixture above the mayo at the bottom, bit by bit, until you reach the top and the entire jar is emulsified.
- Use as-is as a base for dressings or you can also turn it into an actual mayo by blending in the additional ingredients listed above.
Food Processor Method:
- If your egg is chilled, place it in a cup of hot or very warm water for 3-5 minutes to bring it to room temp. *YOUR EGG MUST BE AT ROOM TEMP OR YOUR MAYO WILL NOT EMULSIFY*
- Place room temp egg, the mustard powder, the kosher salt, and 1/4 cup of the oil in a food processor or blender, blend until well combined.
- Now, for the main event...turn your food processor or blender on and keep that blending as you VERY SLOWLY pour in the remaining 3/4 cup of the oil in. When I say slowly pour, just keep a constant flow going as slow as you can possibly go. The slower you pour, the thicker your mayo will come out! If you pour too quickly, it will not emulsify and you'll just have a sloshy mess.
- When you are done and you have a beautiful, fluffy mayo; squeeze in the juice of the lemon and pulse one more time to combine.