Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Homemade Mayonnaise

This week's chef is Anne Burrell and I chose her Homemade Mayonnaise recipe.

When I announced that I was going to be trying my hand at making mayonnaise this week for the FNCCC, I also asked Martijn what he thought we should use the mayo for. His immediate answer? "FRIES!" Who am I to argue with such decisiveness?

Homemade Mayo and Fries

Homemade Mayonnaise
Recipe Courtesy of Anne Burrell
Making Mayonnaise

You will need:

2 egg yolks
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups neutrally flavored oil (vegetable, canola, peanut) (I used sunflower since it's cheap and readily available here!)

Here's how to do it:

Place the egg yolks in the bowl of the food processor and add the vinegar and mustard. Season with salt, to taste.
Making Mayonnaise
(At this point in the process I was starting to doubt the wisdom in this project. It really didn't look very appetizing.)

Turn the machine on and VERY slowly start to drizzle in the oil. Drip, drip, drip until the mixture starts to look like mayonnaise, then a slow steady stream of oil can be added.

Making Mayonnaise
(I really did just drip it in drop by drop until it started looking mayonaisey, then drizzled it in.)

If the mayonnaise is too thick add a few drops of water or if it is not thick enough, with the machine running, add a little more oil.

The Verdict:I made the mayonnaise exactly as written and it was like magic happening before my very eyes! I am certainly going to do this again, but I won't be using a 1/4 of a cup of red wine vinegar. The vinegar was the main flavor of the mayo, and we both thought it could use quite a lot less of another type of vinegar instead. It did work really well to make some salad dressing though, and I also think it would be fabulous to use in my Broccoli Salad recipe.


Susie said...

What a great idea!

Sarah said...

Oh, I want to try this! I bet with the vinegar it was great with fries. Making the basics are so fun because we are so used to just purchasing them. Thanks for linking up to FNCCC. Wnjoy your Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious. I've always wanted to make homemade mayonnaise.

Spotted Sparrow said...

I keep meaning to try making mayo, but am a little scared of it. You have convinced me! Thanks for posting this.

brainella said...

Wow. Now I want to try this. I've been wanting to try my Cuisinart on something fun and this looks like it! Did it go well with the fries?

Kori said...

What would you use rather than the red wine vinegar? I think this would be really yummy with some steamed artichokes, with the addition of garlic, of course. I love checking out all your recipes, plus I love that you actually TRY them all and don't give rave reviews just because you think you should.

Amy said...

You amaze me. Every time I read your blog, I am amazed! Thanks for posting the recipe. I am going to have to try it. Jeffrey LOVES mayo, so this could be just up our alley.

Noodle said...

hey if you figure out how to make mircle whip I'll make that but I don't use mayo much unless a recipe calls for it... even then mircle whip wins out 95% of the time...=) but like always you amaze me with your homemaking skills... My husband is jealous of your skills... Good thing he still likes me anyways heheheh

Sonya said...

Whoo hoo way to go!

Pigs Do Fly said...

I haven't made homemade mayo in so long, and you've reminded me how easy and good it is! It is almost like magic; I think I'll get the kidlet involved and make some this weekend.


SnoWhite said...

the mayo sounds good - and I'm with you on the broccoli salad... not so sure about the fries though ;)

Tammy said...

Omg that is amazing! I'd never ever ever everrrrrr attempt to make my own mayo! I'd probably poison us and we'd die or something haha I love your food processor, I so have to get one of those someday, when I figure out what I'd make in it haha

You have made me crave fries now something wicked! haha

Wizardress said...

Yumm You know I bet you could try lemon juice and vinegar and it would be good. It looks really yummy :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know what makes me salivate more...fresh mayo or that food processor!

I know what I'm spoiling myself with once I have a decent kitchen again!!

Lora said...

Wow, that's really cool! I may have to try it sometime...although I'd make it with olive oil, because olive oil mayo is my newest favorite!

Visiting you from SITS today...have a good one!

Mrs4444 said...

Hmmm. My mom makes homemade mayo, and it is yucky. I hope yours is better! :)

Kitty said...

Sounds yummy! I tried to make mayo once. It was a disaster! I might just have to give it another try. Thanks for the heads up about my subscriber button, I'm trying to fix it at the moment. I'll be sure to let you know when it's working again, so you can subscribe. Glad to have another great reader! Much Love!

Jeannette said...

I've never been brave enough to try it, but you make it look easy :)

Gina said...

I am dying to try a homemade mayonaise...yours looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend makes homemade mayo any time we buy a batch of shrimp to steam up. Delicious! He makes it with just lemon juice, instead of vinegar and mustard.

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