Thursday, June 11, 2009

Spice up your repertoire with 3 aioli sauces!

An Aioli sauce is an easy and flavorful way to add a gourmet feel to your dishes. Here we will give you the recipes for a garlic aioli, a blue cheese aioli and a chipotle aioli. But once you know the basics you will have fun incorporating new flavors each time. All aiolis start with a base of either raw eggs and olive oil or mayonnaise. We teach you how to make it with mayonnaise because its much easier AND you don't have any raw egg in your sauce...which is a little questionable.

Garlic Aioli:


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Crush the garlic cloves with the flat of a knife, and remove the skin. I like to use the rasper [pictured to the left] and grind the garlic into a pulp. If you don't have a rasper you can mince the garlic very fine and then press it into the cutting surface to make it into a paste. It's making this paste/pulp from the fresh garlic that gives aioli its intense garlic flavor.

Add the garlic to a small bowl, and whisk together with the rest of the ingredients. Wrap and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Blue Cheese Aioli:


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese


Either mince the garlic and smash it into a paste or rasp the garlic into a pulp. Mix garlic in a bowl with blue cheese and mayonnaise. The smaller the crumbles of blue cheese the easier it is to mix it- but feel free to leave some chunks of blue cheese in the sauce. Wrap and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Try this with baked sweet potato fries from Trader Joes- sooo delicious. You'd think you were at Father's Office.

Chipotle Aioli:


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic/ garlic paste


Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Wrap and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Aioli sauces are great in sandwiches, burgers or tacos. They are amazing dipping sauces for veggies, chicken fingers, french fries, shrimp etc. They can even work as salad dressings!

1 comment:

  1. YUM!!!!!!!I don't knw which sounds better, all i know is I want to bathe in it!!!!!