18 Things to Stir Into Mayo for Instant Sauces and Dips
Easily upgrade your mayonnaise from store-bought condiment to gourmet accouterment with one of these mix-in ideas.
I have heard rumors that there are people who dislike mayonnaise. I may even have, unknowingly, met one or more of these creatures. I confess, I am confused by this dislike. I am a devout mayo lover. The tangy flavor, and the creamy, unctuous texture can (I believe) improve almost anything.
And now, with uncountable amounts of time in the house, I have begun playing with additions to prepared mayonnaise that really kick this staple condiment up a notch.
RECIPE: Homemade Mayonnaise
I’m pretty sure we’ve all added some mustard to mayo...or at least noticed that it tasted great when the two accidentally commingled on a sandwich. But mustard is just the tip of the iceberg. Probably my first foray into “flavoring” mayo was when I made a vaguely Spanish inspired hash. I wanted to top it with something creamy, and decided to try mayo. But that wasn’t quite it. So, being in a Spanish state of mind, I swirled some smoked paprika into the mayo. It was a true “EUREKA” moment. This got me thinking that all sorts of salads, vegetables, sandwiches, and who knew what else, could benefit from different additions to mayo. Here are a few suggestions for things to add, and a few ideas about where you might use your “doctored” mayonnaise:
- Minced fresh herbs (either a combination, or just one)
- Curry Powder
- Citrus juices and/or zest
- Garlic, fresh or really good granulated/powdered
- Onion—minced, sauteed, deeply browned, or really good powdered
- Chopped scallions
- Horseradish, either prepared or freshly grated
- Your favorite dry rubs (but remember...there is a lot of salt in them, so just start with a little)
- Mushroom duxelles, or sauteed fresh mushrooms
- Thai Curry paste
- Sriracha, sambal oelek, or your favorite hot sauce
- a drop or two of soy or fish sauce (again, remember that a little goes a long way)
- a drizzle of toasted sesame oil
- Tomato paste
- Ground or chopped nuts
- Canned tuna
Obviously this list is just the beginning—let your imagination run wild. And once you try individual add ins-consider combining a few!
As to ways to use your newly exciting mayo…
- Spread over virtually any sandwich, especially those with mild flavored ingredients like chicken or mozzarella
- Use to dress up baked or grilled chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb
- Add a spoonful to stews or soups needing a final “oomph”
- Use as a dressing, or addition to a dressing, for salad
- Enjoy an easy dip for vegetables
- Try a personal favorite of mine: Use for dipping grilled, poached, or sauteed shrimp
- Eat as a delicious and decadent dip for French fries (something the Belgians have known all along)
Who knows? The right mix-ins might just convert some of the mayo haters!