Talk about convenience. Mayonnaise is a condiment in practically every American fridge because it so conveniently moistens and flavors so many dishes. Mayo is simply an emulsion of oil and egg with a splash of lemon juice.
But one reason so many people prefer Miracle Whip (have you eve noticed that the world can be divided into two camps, mayo and Miracle Whip?), is because mayo can be a bit bland. In fact, when we make dishes with mayo, like potato salad, we usually add herbs and spices.
Mayo is also a great coating for foods on the grill. It is about 70% oil with egg yolk which is about 2/3 fat and some protein), and acid, like white wine or lemon juice. So putting mayo on a fish doesn't flavor it much, but it does cling to the fish better than coating it with oil. That helps prevent it from sticking to the grill better than oil, and because of the protein, it helps prevent the meat from drying out, and it browns and crisps up nicely. Then you want to amp it up.
Mayo is a blank canvas on which you can paint a huge range flavors. There are infinite ways to make your own signature mayo and never have to break an egg. Here are a few blends to try. As background for this recipe, read these articles, The Science of Herbs & Spices, The Science of Chiles, the Science of Garlic, and The Science of Salt.
Use a Mayo With Mojo before you grill to coat fish, chicken breasts, pork loins, lobster, shrimp, zucchini planks, potato slices, and garlic bread. Speaking of bread, use it on your next grilled cheese sandwich.
I've used this blend mostly in potato salad, deviled eggs, egg salad, and as a sandwich spread. It can also be slathered on fish, chicken, corn on the cob, or potatoes before you grill! It locks in moisture and crisps nicely. Click here for my recipe for Potatoes With Mojo.
Mayo With Mojo
Makes. About 1.3 cups , enough for 3 pounds of Potatoes With Mojo
Takes. 15 minutes to mix, and at least 2 hours minimum to age.
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, a.k.a. dried minced onion
1 tablespoon sweet red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons celery leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup distilled vinegar
Optional mix-in. I almost always add 2 teaspoons of sun dried tomatoes, minced fine. 1 pinch cayenne or other hot pepper flakes. That's the red flakes in the photo above.
About the onions. Don't use powdered onion. Go for those little onion chips. They have been de-fanged. They have a nice concentrated flavor without the bite. I often add fresh onions to my egg salad and potato salad. They add a different dimension.
About the celery leaves. You can use 1/2 teaspoon celery seed instead.
About the garlic. Just because there's onion, doesn't mean there has to be garlic. Resist the temptation.
1) Mix all the spices in a small bowl. Now mix the spice mix with the mayonnaise and the vinegar and let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This is crucial. The flavors in the mix are oil soluble and mayo is 70 to 80% oil. In those 2 hours the flavors will work their way into the mayo and the dried flakes and seeds will suck in the mayo and soften.
2) You can now use the mayo as a sandwich spread, in potato salad, egg salad, tuna salad, whateverrrr. Try this: Spread it on skinless chicken breasts or mild white fish, and grill.
Try this on chicken salad.
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons of liquid from a can of chipotle in adobo sauce or more to your taste
About the chipotle in adobo. Try to find it. Once you open the can you can put the rest in a jar and it will keep for months in the fridge. If you can't find it, try Sriracha, a garlicy Asian style hot sauce.
Just blend the two in a bowl with a fork.