I have no potato chips left, just crumbs. I dip my finger in mayo. I poke my mayo-coated finger at the crumbs, swooping the tiny bits clockwise around the bottom of the bowl then up to my mouth. Dip, swoop, repeat.
These are really good chips. Not homemade, but small batch with this crazy smoky sweet poblano coating. I’m eating these amazing chips with this simple mayo and I think the mayo does the the combo justice.
I love this mayo. I cannot take credit for the recipe though. I don’t have a specific person’s name or recipe, but I learned how to make mayo from the fabulous Facebook group called Aquafaba (Vegan Meringue – Hits and Misses!). The recipe below contains some minor tweaks and directions on how to make it with a Blendtec blender. [This is not a sponsored post.]
I also did a quick video of me making it, because I think people are intimidated by mayo but it’s really not that hard at all. I’ll have that up as soon as I can.
Although I didn’t invent this mayo, I did conjure up some easy variations, which I’ve noted at the end of the recipe, and I’ll keep adding more.
Did you know that the word unctuous was coined by early American ad writers to describe the mouthfeel of mayo, that creamy, almost slippery, embodiment of salt and fat?
Unctuous was coined by early American ad writers to describe the mouthfeel of mayo, that creamy, almost slippery, embodiment of salt and fat.
Actually, I just made that up. But this is pretty much true: The recipe for mayo can be written as a mathematical equation. Mayo = 95% fat + 5% other stuff.
That “other stuff” list is short: salt, an acid such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, an emulsifier (typically mustard), and finally, an egg, or if you are not an egg-eater, then aquafaba. Aquafaba is the liquid from cooking beans, often chickpeas. You can get this from a can of cooked chickpeas, or from cooking the chickpeas yourself.
So mayo is largely fat and salt. And we know that salt and fat are both flavour enhancers in their own right, so it make sense that mayo is doubly so.
Since mayo and its many variations are ubiquitous, I probably don’t need to provide you with too many ideas on how to use it, but here’s a couple:
Enjoy it on a simple toasted tomato sandwich. Cause, really it’s time to get over avo toast.
Or use as a dunk for your favourite chips, crisps, or maybe some potato string fries.
This is a very simple recipe in terms of ingredients and time. It requires a blender and about 4 minutes. I’ve made this numerous times and sometimes I’ll pour the oil in too quickly and the mayo never quite comes together, or it will come together to start with but then I’ll mess up the oil pouring and the mayo collapses. I’ve added a tip below on how to come back successfully from that.
Equipment Note: I used a 16 oz Blendtec blender jar to make this. If you have a larger blender jar, double the recipe. [This is not a sponsored post.]
- 3 tablespoon aquafaba (the water from a can of chickpeas)
- 3 tablespoons sunflower oil + 1/2 cup sunflower oil (you can replace with another oil, but do not use olive oil as it will turn bitter from the blending process)
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard
- optional: pinch of turmeric for colour
- Put the 3 tablespoons of aquafaba, 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard and a good shake of salt in the blender jar.
- Press Speed 2 and let it run through the whole cycle.
- Open the stopper on the top of the jar, press Speed 2 again, and very slowly add 1/4 cup of the oil through the cycle – so you are adding oil in a slow, steady stream. The cycle lasts about 50 seconds.
- Repeat step 3 with the remaining 1/4 cup oil. When done, you should have a mayo-like consistency. If it’s not quite thick enough, add more oil, a drop at a time, while blending.
- Transfer to a serving dish and stir in a pinch of turmeric if you want the colour to be more like real mayo.
A Method for Rescuing Mayo Fails [In the lingo, an AF mayo fail.]
If the blend does not turn into a mayo-like consistency:
- Pour all of the ingredients from the blender into a container and set aside momentarily.
- Add the following NEW ingredients to the blender jar: 3 tablespoons of aquafaba, 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of mustard, and a good shake of salt. This is the same list of ingredients that we started with above.
- Press Speed 2 and let it run through the whole cycle.
- Open the stopper on the top of the jar, press Speed 2 again, and very slowly add about 1/2 of the ruined mayo mixture as if it were the oil alone – i.e., adding it in a slow, steady stream, throughout the 50 seconds.
- Repeat step 4 with the remaining 1/2 mayo mixture. This should result in a mayo-like consistency. If it doesn’t (which is rare), I do have another recipe you can morph this into, which I’ll add shortly. I hate wasting food.
Make the mayo and remove from the blender into a small vessel. Stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped, roasted garlic.
This is great with so many things, included Sweet Potato and Yam Fries.
Make the mayo and remove from the blender into a small vessel. Stir in the following:
- 1 heaping tablespoon mango chutney
- 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
This is my favourite topping for Curry Maple Chickpea Cakes.
The Making of Simple Egg-Free Mayo Video is Coming Soon
PS – I’m working on a Grilled Caesar Salad that uses this mayo as a base for the dressing. I’ll be making variations that work for everyone from vegans to omnivores.