Mayonnaise, it’s the ultimate condiment. A foil for flavour that’s smooth and relatively neutral you can bend and twist it to complement almost any taste combination. Add kick to your sandwich, a blast to your burger, zip to your fish and a flash to your chicken with 50 Flavours of Mayonnaise!
This is a post I’ve been working on for about a year. I thought it would be fun to post a full range of colourful, tasty mayo’s when Hellman’s Mayonnaise celebrated it’s 100th birthday last year. You can always find a jar of Hellman’s on our fridge door, and in many a post here on Food Gypsy – we’re crazy band loyal.
So I began to collect recipe after recipe, taste testing and perfecting each one. Just when I thought I had the flavours to create the ultimate mayo collection I would stumble upon one more, and then another until I reached the final fifty.
Some I’ve already featured some of these flavours of mayonnaise in various posts, used them commercially or in food sport competitions, but every time I found a new flavour I liked I would add it to the 50 flavours of mayo list, shuffle and count.
This represent some intriguing taste profiles, an amazing array of colours and everything mayonnaise and aioli related that I’ve come across in my year long mayo quest. This is a post to bookmark, and come back to time after time, as I intend to update and tweak it as needed so it stays current in today’s ever evolving world of food.
So if you’re tired of the same old egg salad, out of ideas for your next barbecue or looking for a way to hit the wow button with you next feast of calamari, come on back to 50 Flavours of Mayonnaise for a little something interesting.
Each of these recipes starts with the same ingredient: half a cup of mayonnaise. Yes, in most cases it’s Hellman’s that we’ve used but we’re no stranger to a little DIY mayo, it’s a cuisine basic and oh-so-fantastic made from scratch, creamier and richer. So let’s start with that.
‘You can really taste the difference between a shop-bought and a good homemade mayo.” ~ Yotam Ottolengetti. No offence Hellman’s – I still heart you!
Basic Mayonnaise Recipe
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
1 large egg yoke
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt (Kosher preferred)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 to 1/3 cup grapeseed or canola oil
Place all the ingredients except oils in a blender and blend at medium-high speed until smooth. Pause blender and remove the lid insert, set bender to medium-low speed and begin blending again, drizzling the olive oil very slowly to make a smooth emulsified sauce. Continue with grapeseed oil in the same manner until smooth. Mayonnaise should be smooth and creamy, with a light yellow hue.
Mayonnaise vs. Aioli. What’s the difference?
Many people think that aioli is just a fancy way to say mayonnaise. Nope, not true. Aioli is a sauce from Provence, in the south of France which, literally translated, means “garlic oil”. In many applications ‘aioli’ is generally used to indicate that the condiment contains garlic, but a true aioli does not contain mustard or lemon juice and is generally made with pure extra virgin olive oil for a white, creamy result.
Basic Aioli Recipe
2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 large egg yoke
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (Kosher preferred)
3/4 cup olive oil
pepper to taste
Place egg, vinegar and crushed garlic in a blender and blend at medium-high speed until smooth. Pause blender and remove the lid insert, set bender to medium-low speed and begin blending, drizzling the olive oil very slowly to make a smooth emulsified sauce. If you find your sauce splitting, add a few drops of water and quickly blend again. Aioli should be smooth, creamy and white.
The Chef in life, Food Gypsy Technical Director Benoit Gelinotte, often takes that difference one step further. “When I make a mayonnaise I use just the yoke, when I make an aioli I use the the egg white. This gives me a sauce that is very defined in colour and flavour and representative of the regional cuisine of France.”
Can you use a store bought mayo, add garlic and call it aioli? Yes you can, but now you know the difference.
Herb based mayos…
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ cup packed basil leaves, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, zest of one lemon, pinch of salt.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chopped capers, 2 teaspoons minced shallots, pinch of finely chopped parsley, pepper to taste.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 1/2 tablespoons, fresh snipped chives, 2 cloves roasted garlic cloves, ground black pepper – to taste.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chopped chives, 1/2 tablespoon chopped tarragon, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley, 2 teaspoons chopped chervil, 1 teaspoon chopped dill, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped herbs
(try: parsley, chives, dill, tarragon, oregano, thyme, chervil, basil or any combination that suits your palate).
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon pesto.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 clove finely minced garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 tablespoon finely minced olives, splash of olive brine, 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon fresh chives, 1 teaspoon onion powder, dash of chili flakes, salt & pepper to taste.
Add a bit of creamy heat…
Black Pepper Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise , 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, touch of lime zest.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 finely chopped chipotle chile in adobo. (Process chili in food processor, then add mayo and zip until smooth.)
– OR –
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon dried chipotle chili flakes. (mix then refrigerate, overnight to infuse colour and flavour)
Creole Mayonnaise (AKA: Cajun Mayo)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons finely chopped green onions, 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon sweet green relish, 1 teaspoon chopped capers, 1 teaspoon grainy Creole or Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon tabasco hot sauce.
Green Peppercorn Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons green peppercorns, drained and lightly chopped
Green Curry Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon green curry paste.
(Combine and allow to stand for at least an hour for flavours to marry well before using)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon prepared harissa paste, 2 cloves of finely minced garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons rose water.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, squeeze of fresh lemon juice, pepper to taste.
(This is not a make in advance flavoured mayo. Horseradish contains an enzyme that acts as a stabilizer, if left for longer than two hours your horseradish mayo will have the same consistency as jello.)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons kimchi, well drained and finely chopped, zest of one lime.
Lime Ancho Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, zest & juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin.
(Mix and refrigerate overnight before using to allow chili powder to hydrate well and tastes to infuse)
Roasted Jalapeno Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, and 1 to 2 roasted jalapenos, finely chopped or blended in food processor.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Sriracha brand chili hot sauce.
Variations: substitute sambal oelek, or any Asian chili garlic condiment for a zippy, red mayo.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon wasabi paste (or powder), a squeeze of lemon juice.
Umami mayo flavours…
Blue Cheese Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons finely crumbled cheese, squeeze of lemon juice, pepper to taste.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 small green onions, finely chopped, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon minced, peeled fresh ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup pecans, roasted then pulsed in a food processor.
(Mix and stand in the fridge for a minimum of one hour for best results.)
Variations: Use walnuts, almonds, pistachios and pine nuts in much that same manner for a great, nutty mayo.
Red Eye Mayo (AKA: Coffee Mayonnaise)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals, 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce, splash of sherry vinegar.
(Blend and store for an hour or more for good colour.)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan-romano cheese, 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper.
Roasted Garlic Aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 6 – 7 cloves of roasted garlic crushed to a paste, generous grind of coarse black pepper.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 3 – 5 saffron threads, lightly crushed between your finger tips, 1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced and a pinch of salt.
(Mix and refrigerate overnight for beautiful, golden colour and the rich bitterness of saffron.)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 clove crushed garlic, 2 tablespoons za’atar spice, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.
(Blend and reserve refrigerated for a minimum of 1 hour to infuse flavours.)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup crisp cooked bacon (drained, cooled & finely chopped), 2 cloves roasted garlic, pepper to taste.
Smoked Cheddar Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons finely grated smoke cheddar cheese, squeeze of lemon juice, pepper to taste.
Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
Tangy and tasty mayos…
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, a dash of cayenne, a squeeze of lime juice.
(Variation: 2 teaspoons honey. The sweeter version makes a mean chicken salad.)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard.
Honey Mustard Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
Sundried Tomato Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 clove garlic (minced), 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained & minced), 1/2 tablespoon oil from sun-dried tomatoes. Process ingredients in food processor until smooth before adding of mayo, add salt & pepper to taste.
Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1/4 cup roasted red pepper (finely chopped), 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper to taste.
Barbecue Mayonnaise (or Barbanaisse)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, a grind or two of fresh black pepper.
(Use your favorite off-the shelf sauce or your homemade family recipe)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce.
Mango Chutney Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup mango chutney, finely chopped, and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, and pinch black pepper.
Lemon Pepper Aioli
1/2 cup mayo, 1 clove roasted garlic (minced), 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
Roasted Red Pepper Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted red pepper, and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.
Sweet and savory mayonnaise…
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons finely chopped dried cranberries, juice of one lemon.
(Mix and stand overnight in the refrigerator before use. This will allow colour and flavour to infuse.)
Variation: Add the zest and juice of one orange and omit the lemon juice altogether for Orange Cranberry Mayo.
Caramelized Apple Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons well chopped caramelized apples (cooked in butter and brown sugar, with a squeeze of lemon), 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 1/2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, a splash of apple cider vinegar.
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon raspberry preserves, zest and juice of one lemon, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
I considered grouping mayonnaise recipes by pairing, I.e.: mayo that work with fish, aiolis that accent pizza, your perfect cheese sandwich mayo, etcetera but thought instead I would group by taste category. This way you can play, mix and match and discover favour combinations all your own. I absolutely LOVE Curry Mayo with chicken fingers and Red Eye Mayo with onion rings. Saffron Aioli works so well with seared tuna, and Cranberry Mayonnaise will make you excited about a turkey wrap, even on the fourth day of Christmas leftovers.
Please, by all means, leave us a note and tell us what taste combinations you came up with inspired by 50 Flavours of Mayonnaise. Always love hearing from you!
Now, get cookin’.