Why pay a lot of money for bad mayonnaise when you can make really gourmet mayonnaise in a few minutes at a fraction of the cost? Here's a simple recipe requiring no technique, commonly available ingredients, and my favorite kitchen power tool- the hand blender!
a widemouth jar of one half to one pint capacity
a cup of oil- any oil. I almost always use extra virgin olive oil, but canola is a good, healthy choice. Some people like half olive oil and half canola. Light olive oil is a good choice if you want a lighter flavor.
a half a large lemon, squeezed through a strainer (or 2 tablepoons prepared lemon juice)
a quarter teaspoon of salt
a half teaspoon (or more) of crushed garlic
a teaspoon of powdered mustard, or a tablespoon of prepared mustard, or a teaspoon or more of your favorite hot sauce. (Or, for those who like- yuck!- Miracle Whip, two teaspoons of sugar)
Step 1: Ingredients
Seperate the egg and put the yolk in the jar. Don't know how to separate an egg? Put in the whole egg. Really. Doesn't matter. I'll do an egg-separating Instructable later.
Step 2: More ingredients...
Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the oil, and mix.
Step 3: Now comes the oil....
Add a QUARTER of the oil. No more.
Step 4: And now, the magic happens
Insert the hand blender, and mix, moving the blender around. It should first form a creamy paste, and then suddenly thicken up. If not, don't worry. Keep going...
Step 5: Uh, now the magic happens...
SLowly add the rest of the oil while you keep mixing. At some point the mix will thicken up abruptly. FInish adding the oil, give a final mix, shake off the blender...