Nope! It’s actually not. Aioli is the older more sophisticated cousin of mayonaisse. It’s the one with all the funny stories at the family gatherings. Mayonaisse is probably the cousin that’s in the bathroom smoking pot. Very not-classy.
Although a lot of people would pass of mayonnaise mixed with garlic as Aioli,the flavor and taste are a lot different. Maybe I’m just being a Aioli snob,but I’m OK with being a snob about my sandwich spreads. It’s one of those cases where snobbiness is totally necessary.
In case you didn’t notice,the Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes recipe is one of my classics. Aioli is an even more common recipe for me. Our fridge is very rarely lacking homemade Aioli and when it is,it’s because I’m too lazy to make another batch. I’m the only one that makes it in my house,just so you know. It’s not because it’s hard, since it isn’t. It’s because just in case I ever get extra annoying, my mom will know that if she kills me,she’ll never have her favorite spread again. That and she won’t have any idea how to open new tabs on her computer!
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 2 minced garlic cloves
1) Whisk together the lemon juice,egg yolks, and dijon mustard until thoroughly combined.
2) Slowly add the olive oil (about 1 tbsp at a time) stirring after each addition. When all the olive oil is added,the mixture should be thick and creamy.
3) Stir in the chili powder,salt,pepper,and minced garlic. Store in the refrigerator.
Aioli amazing on veggies such as broccoli and green beans. It also goes great on bread,pretzels,sandwiches and fish. For anyone interested in a raw diet,this spread is raw and makes a killer raw sandwich as the spread on Zucchini Raw Cheese”Sandwiches.”
With all the oil, this wouldn’t be considered a low calorie spread but, with it’s strong flavor, a little goes a long way. And with only 30 calories per teaspoon, Aioli is around the same calories as good ol’ fashioned butter and could be an extremely healthy replacement for it on bread. Although my mom would say that you should use both!
Loaves and Kisses,