Yep, fresh, home made mayonnaise is as close as your blender. Now, I’ve made mayonnaise before; the egg-free version is very nice, and a snap to make using an immersion blender. My take on Spanish-style Allioli was also lovely, if I had mebbe over-done it a bit on the fresh garlic (tho’ Golnaz’s mom LOVED it), and, as it happens, a bit of fresh Aioli drizzled over fried potatoes is a very good thing.
But, I was in the mood for a basic, classic American mayonnaise…
With the blender running, slowly dribble the oil through the feed tube to let the egg mixture absorb it and emulsify – you may not need all of the oil – once your mayonnaise has formed and is thick and creamy, you are good to go – I had a tablespoon or so left over at the end.
I folded a bit of smoky Aleppo chili pepper into my mayonnaise, but it is totally fine just as it is, I simply had plans for this batch, and that little sumpin’ sumpin’ from the Aleppo would be just the thing…
I tried making Spicy Russian Dressing a while ago, but had made it using store bought (but good) mayonnaise, and dairy-free sour cream. I didn’t hate it, and if going dairy-free was the only way I was going to be able to enjoy a nice Russian dressing, I could mebbe grow to at least like it. Thing is, I can handle the dairy, and so can Rich, with the help of a cow-no-mor pill and a sensible diet; so I wanted to try this dressing the way it was meant to be tried…
by tinting fresh mayonnaise pink with the poached coral and pulverized shell of a lobster, and simply seasoning with salt and fresh black caviar – well, at least according to Larousse Gastronomique and the New York Times in 1957. Hmmm, I was fresh out of lobster coral and shell, and am simply not a fan of caviar, so, let’s try this…
•1 cup mayonnaise (the whole batch above)
•1/4 cup sour cream
•1/2 tsp Sriracha
•1/4 tsp fish sauce
•1 tbsp ketchup
•1 tbsp salad vinegar
•1 tbsp soy sauce
•1 tsp powdered ginger
•1/4 tsp Seasoned Salt
•1 tbsp dried onion
•1 tsp parsley
•1 tsp sweet relish
WOW! This is so, darned tasty! The real sour cream – and, no doubt, my home made mayonnaise – make for one fine dressing.
And what could be a better use for really nice Russian Dressing, than in a Salade Russe?
Trust me, you’ll want to try this salad.
Check it out tomorrow…