Creole Mayonnaise

fish sandwich with Creole mayo
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
95 Calories
10g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 7mg 0%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The secret of a successful home cook is to have your fridge and pantry always ready for action. This means having prepared and frozen dishes ready to be heated up for a last-minute meal, having plenty of canned and dry goods ready for quick meals, and having at hand jars of pasta sauce and low-sodium broth. It also means having in the fridge lots of tasty sauces and dips that can transform an everyday meal, like humble chicken nuggets, into a delicious and unexpected source of culinary pleasure. Enter our Creole mayonnaise. Made with bold and spicy flavors, this mayonnaise is easily used in many recipes, from sandwiches to seafood, and can be your new favorite shortcut from woeful to wonderful. Crabcakes, peel-and-eat shrimp, chicken tenders, fried foods, egg or chicken salad, or even a plate of vegetables each will make a mouthwatering offering when served with a dollop of this sauce. Mix in 5 minutes and keep at hand in your fridge because once you've tried it there's no going back to plain mayo.

A mixture of mayonnaise and Creole mustard, this sauce doubles as a dipping sauce, and triples as a salad dressing if thinned out with olive oil and a touch of white wine vinegar. The vibrant flavors of Creole mustard get a lift from dried herbs and lemon juice. If you've never had Creole mustard, you're missing out! Born in Louisiana and a product of the region's mixture of culinary customs, including French, African, Spanish, and local traditions, the mustard is, in general, a grainy mix of Creole seasoning (paprika, cayenne, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, and seasonings), horseradish, molasses, and hot sauce, but takes on many variations depending on the area and cook. This strong mustard adds to the creamy mayo flavor, making the perfect combination of heat and smoothness. The lemon juice adds some tang that makes it perfect for seafood (fish sticks, fried fish fillets, breaded calamari, grilled octopus) but also wonderful on other meats like roasted beef or pork.

This mayonnaise mixture also makes a flavorful dip for crudités, empanadas, samosas, or fried cheese sticks. Mix it with canned tuna, chopped hardboiled eggs, or both to make a creamy and spicy salad to spread on bagels or sliced bread. Use it on cooked pasta or cubed cooked potatoes for a cold picnic salad or smear it on your favorite bread adding cold cuts, cheese, pickles, and vegetables for a make-your-own sandwich. If you need this to be an egg-free preparation, use vegan mayo instead of regular mayo.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning

  • 1 pinch dried thyme

  • 1 dash black pepper, coarsely ground

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until well blended.

  2. Use as a spread for sandwiches or as a dip with crab cakes or other seafood.

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