The idea of making my own mayo was quite daunting. I thought I would never be able to recreate my very own Hellman’s “Real Mayonnaise.”
Making my own mayo was actually quite easy, cost-effective and best of all, free of junk! This recipe uses ingredients already found in a well-stocked kitchen: olive oil, egg, lemon, sea salt & mustard powder.
I like to use it as a base for salad dressings or just slathering some on a grass fed burger. You can also flavour them. I like to blend the mayo with a whole roasted head of garlic for some creamy garlic mayo. My significant other prefers a spicy mayo mixed with cayenne pepper or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. The variations are endless!
This Homemade Olive Oil Mayo is easily the best REAL mayo I have ever had. It’s probably a given when I say I will never buy another jar of mayo from the grocery store.
My go-to mayo recipe is from Melissa Joulwan (author of the Well Fed series and owner of theclothesmakethegirl.com). This recipe is embedded in my memory. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Homemade Olive Oil Mayo
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice @ room temp
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup plus 1 cup light-tasting olive oil (Not extra virgin)
1. Place the egg and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Let them come to room temperature together, about 30-60 minutes. Add the dry mustard, salt, and 1/4 cup of the oil. Whirl until well mixed – about 20 to 30 seconds.
THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART!
2. The only remaining job is to incorporate the remaining 1 cup oil into the mixture. To do this, you must pour very slowly… the skinniest drizzle you can manage and still have movement in the oil. This takes about three minutes or so. Think about three minutes during a WOD; it’s a fairly long time. Breathe. Relax. Drizzle slowly.
If you’re using a blender, you’ll hear the pitch change as the liquid starts to form the emulsion. Eventually, the substance inside the blender will start to look like regular mayonnaise, only far more beautiful. Do not lose your nerve and consider dumping! Continue to drizzle.
If your ingredients were all at room temperature and you were patient, you will be rewarded!
NOTE: If you have a stick blender, you can simply place all ingredients in a blending jar, then whirl with your stick blender for about 30 seconds. Voila! Mayo is done.