DIY condiments- something I never considered attempting until I went paleo. That’s when I started noticing all the sugar, corn syrup, funky oils, and preservatives in ketchup, bbq sauce, and mayo.
Come to find out, mayo is quite tricky, especially if you are a sloppy cook like I am and don’t like to stick to recipes. After a few awful mayo attempts (my first batch was baconaise, and it was seriously repulsive) I’ve finally gotten the hang of it thanks to Everyday Paleo’s wonderful mayo demo. If you follow her directions exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, it’s pretty much foolproof. We use a combo of extra light and extra virgin olive oils because we don’t mind a strong olive taste. You can also try MCT oil, walnut oil, macademia oil, or avocado oil for a super healthy mayo. The main idea is to stay away from canola oil, soybean oil, and other cheap industrial oils.
Here is the recipe from Everyday Paleo:
2 cups light tasting olive oil or walnut oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a blender, add the eggs, vinegar, and mustard and blend together well – leave the blender running and slowly slowly slowly drop by drop or very slow drizzle add the oil. BE PATIENT!! Do not dump all the oil in quickly and give up!! When the mixture begins to emulsify or thicken, only then can you be a bit faster about pouring in the olive oil but still take your time. Turn the blender off once all the olive oil is in and the mayonnaise is thickened to your desired consistency. Add the salt and cayenne pepper and mix well or blend again for another few seconds.
Top 5 Ways to use Paleo Mayo:
1. Paleo Crab Cakes (or canned salmon cakes): I use mayo in the actual mixture to keep it moist, and I make it into a tartar sauce using lemon and relish. These are yummy and kid friendly, too! Recipe coming soon!
2. Tuna Salad (or canned salmon salad): We eat it the old fashioned way. Tuna, mayo, relish, diced celery and onion, and pumpkin seeds for a bit of crunch. Over salad greens with oil and vinegar. Or, if I’m feeling nostalgic, I’ll use Avocado Oil Potato Chips as my dipping receptacle to remind me of the tuna and potato chip sandwiches I used to enjoy as a kid.
3. Steamed Veggies: Plus One is much more inclined to eat any vegetable if I offer them with a side of mayonnaise for dipping. She would eat it by the spoonful if she could. I’ve also discovered that tossing veggies in mayo before roasting them in the oven tastes incredible.
4. Hair Mask: I’ve actually never tried this, but I will tonight, and report back to you. Supposedly for super shiny locks, you can slather the stuff all over your hair and rinse it off.
5. Broiled Salmon: I marinate salmon in a mixture of soy sauce, orange juice, garlic, onion, and olive oil, then spoon a generous helping of mayo on top of the filets before I broil them in the oven on the top rack for about 5 minutes. It sounds nasty, but it’s really tasty! Reminds me of a baked salmon roll at a sushi restaurant. Try it!
Have you made paleo mayo before?