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By February 21, 2017 , ,

Many of us will reach for the jar of Hellmans when we need mayonnaise in a dish and I am also guilty of doing the same thing. 

There are times though, when I do like to make it from scratch and it makes such a big difference in flavour.

When I first made mayonnaise I learned to make it by hand, dropping the oil with a fork into the egg and whisking (yes, really!). I think it was a form of torture in my first term at Leiths school of food and wine. These days I will use a quick and dirty way of making it either with a staff blender or food processor.

1 whole egg (room temp) for staff blender method or if making by hand use 1 egg yolk
110ml neutral oil such as sunflower oil  (or sometimes I will use half sunflower and half olive oil or rapeseed oil)
5ml Dijon mustard
5ml white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
5ml lemon juice

To make by hand
Place the egg yolk, vinegar and Dijon into a bowl
You need to start whisking very quickly while you start to add the oil very slowly until the mixture starts to thicken
Season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice

To make with hand blender
Place all the ingredients as listed above (except the salt and pepper) in a tall jug or beaker and allow to stand for 20 minutes

Ensure the jug or beaker is just larger than the hand blender head
Place the blender right at the bottom of the mixture and start to blend, once the mixture starts to thicken, you can then start to move the hand blender to ensure it is well mixed
Season with salt and pepper

Food processor

Place the egg yolk, vinegar and Dijon into the smallest bowl your food processor has, start the machine and add the oil very slowly until it starts to thicken
Season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice

Flavour variations
1 clove garlic finely grated with 10g chopped fresh parsley
Sometimes I use the zest of lemon and 5ml more juice which pairs wonderfully with salmon
Tarragon goes well with chicken and trout, even with the addition of orange juice
I sometimes like to add a little wholegrain mustard to add a bit of kick 
You can also add sweet chilli sauce, lime or even kimchi (I like to chop it very finely before adding)

Chipotles in adobo paste are my favourite when making Mexican style dishes, just 1 heaped teaspoon makes all the difference
Truffle adds that little bit of luxury or you can use a few drops truffle oil

Crushed dried porcinis are really nice too

The sky's the limit once you've mastered the basics!

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