|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 28g||36%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Aioli, a garlic-flavored emulsion, is a popular condiment originating from Provence, France that's very similar to Spanish alioli. It is typically described as a garlic mayo and is easier to whip up than you may think. The trick to getting the signature thick texture is to add the oil very slowly at first, allowing the egg and the oil to emulsify. You can do this two different ways: using either a blender or a whisk and a bowl. The blender method is faster and easier since you're not physically whisking it, but the aioli can also separate quickly, so watch it carefully. The whisking method may take a bit more effort, but it gives you the most control over adding the oil and the final texture of the aioli. This recipe calls for using a whole egg, and although most recipes call for just an egg yolk, using the whole egg works just fine.
Aioli is delicious as a dip for grilled or steamed vegetables, or dolloped onto simply cooked fish or spread as a condiment on a burger. You may even be tempted to eat it by the spoonful, which may not be a great idea in terms of nutrition, but it is delicious.
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1 large egg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil (or a mix of olive oil and canola or vegetable oil)
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Steps to Make It
Test both the blender and whisk methods to see which one works best for you.
Gather the ingredients.
Whirl the egg, lemon juice, garlic, and mustard in a blender to combine.
With the blender running on low speed, drip the oil in slowly, allowing each addition to incorporate into the egg mixture before adding more. As more oil is incorporated, you can add the oil more quickly, working up to a slow stream.
As you add the oil, the mixture will thicken, changing from a liquidy mix of the beaten egg to a creamy-looking spread. If it's too thick, you can thin it a bit with drops of lemon juice. Don't try to thin it with more oil—it will actually make it thicker.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or cover and chill for later use.
Serve and enjoy.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, lemon juice, garlic, and mustard.
Set the bowl on a silicone oven pad or wrap the bottom of the bowl in a kitchen towel to keep the bowl still on the counter without having to hold it.
Whisking constantly, add the oil, drop by drop, allowing each addition to incorporate into the egg mixture before adding more. As more oil is incorporated, you can add the oil in a stream.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in more lemon juice (a drop at a time) to taste, or use the lemon juice to thin the aioli, if needed.
Serve the aioli immediately, or cover and chill for later use.
If the aioli separates and goes from being creamy to looking more like an egg-and-oil combo, there's an easy way to fix it. Start over with a fresh egg and a few tablespoons of oil in a clean bowl. Once you get the emulsion working, add the broken version in place of the remaining amount of the oil.
How to Store Aioli
The aioli will keep two to three days covered in the refrigerator. Keep in mind the garlic taste will get stronger as the aioli sits.
What's the Difference Between Aioli and Mayonnaise?
Although restaurant menus may name any flavored mayo "aioli," the two condiments are not completely synonymous with each other. Like mayonnaise, aioli is an emulsion, but where they differ is that aioli always includes garlic as the main seasoning. In addition, whereas mayo includes eggs, not all versions of aioli do. The traditional Spanish aioli is made by laboriously and vigorously whipping garlic and oil together until an emulsion forms. The term aioli, in fact, is a combination of the French words meaning garlic (ai) and oil (oil). There are many variations of aioli, some as basic as garlic and oil and others including eggs, lemon juice, and/or mustard.