Sunday, December 28, 2008

Rosemary Aioli and the Perfect Sandwich

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The two constants in making a perfect sandwich are really, really good bread and a mayonnaise so flavorful that it excites the taste buds. You'll also need two to four ounces of meat, perhaps a slice of cheese and some wonderfully crisp lettuce. You're tasked with finding great bread, but great mayonnaise is just a line or two away. The first recipe makes a flavorful mayonnaise from scratch. The second takes a prepared spread and, with a few additions, makes it outstanding. Both are recommended.

Rosemary Aioli

Ingredients:
1 large egg yolk
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt, divided use
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary

Directions:
1) Combine egg yolk, mustard, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in jar of an electric blender. Pulse to combine.
2) With the blender on, slowly add 1/4 cup oil and process until a smooth,creamy emulsion is formed. With the blender still on, slowly add remainder of oil and process until sauce thickens.
3) Add garlic, rosemary, reserved 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pulse to blend. Chill. Yield: 1 cup rosemary aioli.

Fast and Easy Rosemary Aioli


Ingredients:
1 cup prepared mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon peppper

Directions:
1) Combine mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
2) Mix well to combine. Chill. Yield: 1 cup rosemary aioli.

3 comments:

Cathy said...

A good sandwich is all about the basics. Thanks for these recipes, Mary.

I know they will become a part of my favorite condiments list.

noble pig said...

You are so right, I love aioli on lots of things but a sandwich...I think that's the perfect match. And I love rosemary so this sounds delicious.

Elle said...

If you start with ready made mayo this is a quick and amazing combo...thanks! Sandwiches are a staple post holiday around here :)

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