Mayonnaise FAIL

I was in the middle of making sandwiches for lunch when I realized I was out of mayo.  None in the fridge, none in the pantry.  Fuck!  But hey, I’m resourceful, I have recipes!  And supposedly homemade mayo is supposed to taste better than storebought.  Yeah, that’s a big negatory.

Mine looked NOTHING like mayo.  It was bright (almost neon) yellow, thin, and tasted like stale lemony olive oil.  So gross.

Mayonnaise recipe:

  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature 30 minutes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup olive or vegetable oil (or a combination), divided
  • 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Whisk together yolk, mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until combined well. Add about 1/4 cup oil drop by drop, whisking constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Whisk in vinegar and lemon juice, then add remaining 1/2 cup oil in a very slow, thin stream, whisking constantly until well blended. If at any time it appears that oil is not being incorporated, stop adding oil and whisk mixture vigorously until smooth, then continue adding oil. Whisk in salt to taste and white pepper. Chill, surface covered with plastic wrap, until ready to use.

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Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 12:37 am  Leave a Comment