I've been sitting on this recipe for a while out of laziness and then other posts that needed to come first. Now, I can talk about one of the most amazing things I've made this year: aioli.
Aioli is basically a garlic-flavored mayonnaise sauce made with olive oil, and absolutely worth making at least once. Unlike some recipes, the recipe I used (from Stevia in the Raw) uses the entire egg and not the yolk. You also make this using a hand held blender instead of wrist strenth, a blender, or a food processor. Once the egg, garlic paste, lemon juice, and a bit of olive oil is mixed together, you slowly drizzle in the remaining oil until fully emulsified and thick. Stir in the half packet of stevia, honey, and some coarse salt (I forgot to add black pepper) and you're good to go (and by go I mean eating aioli straight from a spoon -- wait, what?).
A long time ago I thought of making mayonnaise. I'm not sure if it was for a recipe, or if it was simply because I wanted to try it once, I really can't recall. I do remember that it was a flop. Unfortunately, I can't remember how it messed up, but it had to do with not quite emulsifying correctly even after blending it longer than necessary. Needless to say, the batch got thrown out and I never went back to trying it again. I wasn't defeated, I just don't often eat mayonnaise anyway. So you can imagine how thrilled I was at how easily this recipe came together, and how completely delicious it turned out.
Spread on a sandwich, on meat, on fish, (from a spoon), on eggs, on toast, on crackers, on steamed vegetables, or... from a spoon. I served this with breaded and pan fried chicken strips and a simple barley-spinach salad. And I think I doubled the garlic because that's how I roll.
Recipe after jump
Stevia Honey Aioli
from Stevia Extract In The Raw
1 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed to a paste
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 packet Stevia Extract In The Raw
Sea salt to taste
- In small bowl combine egg, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic paste and lemon juice.
- Using hand held mixer, process at high speed until garlic is fully incorporated. With mixer still on, slowly add remaining olive oil in a stream and blend until mixture is fluffy and creamy. (If the mixture gets too thick, you can add a little cold water and continue blending) Stir in honey, Stevia Extract In The Raw and sea salt to taste.
Makes (1 1/4 cups) 8 servings.