Le Grand Aioli

Le Grand Aioli

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Typically made with a few cloves of garlic, this version of aioli lets the yolks take starring role. This luscious aioli goes with virtually everything and is perfect for maximizing time outdoors with your friends or family. The fun part? Assembling a platter of steamed+raw high quality, simple ingredients that partner with your aioli – voilà instant feast!

Serves
Prep Time
Many
5

Ingredients:

Makes 1 Cup

Elements to Accompany:

  • Crunchy, raw vegetables: radishes, hakurai turnips, gem lettuce wedges, Kirby or Persian cucumbers, cut into spears, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, young carrots
  • Steamed (shock green veg in an ice bath to stop cooking process): asparagus, haricots verts, artichoke hearts, Yukon gold potato wedges or small new potatoes, colorful beets
  • Proteins: custardy eggs, salt water-boiled colossal shrimp, mussels, clams (shock these to stop cooking process) poached, cubed halibut, sea bass, or salmon

Directions:

  1. Using an immersion blender, blend together egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice, and salt in a medium high-sided bowl.
  2. Add the evoo in a bare drizzle, blending the entire time until emulsified. It’s ok to occasionally stop pouring to incorporate the mixture fully.
  3. Once olive oil is emulsified (uniform and creamy) add the grapeseed oil in a bare drizzle, continuously blending. Once it is incorporated, the result should be silky, thick, and a creamy yellow.
  4. Transfer aioli to a jar and seal. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, up to overnight, to set.
  5. When ready to serve, assemble all elements on a platter to surround a small bowl filled with generous dollops of aioli.

Recipe and Image by Melina Hammer