Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise {Paleo}

by Cate on December 16, 2014

Healthy, homemade mayonnaise that you can whip up with on-hand ingredients in a matter of minutes … and it will blow your tastebuds away.

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Mayonnaise is one of those polarizing things. People seem to either love it or hate it.

Then there’s me.

And maybe you too?

It’s an occasional swipe on a sandwich for the kids.

Or an ingredient in a recipe.

And that’s pretty much … it.

I used to use it more religiously for sandwiches and the like, until I started clean eating in 2010. And then it went by the wayside in favor of mustard or smooshed avocado.

But there’s still always a jar in the fridge for the occasional sandwich.

Last week, I was nearly out, and in my ongoing effort to replace processed items with more homemade items (and save money to boot), I remembered I had seen an easy-to-make recipe for mayo in a Paleo cookbook I like.

And here we are.

I used my mini blender and whipped this up in just a few minutes.

With a handful of basic ingredients I bet you have on hand, you will be rewarded with the creamiest, lightest, most awesome tasting mayo ever.

Like, for real.

Almost like an aoili, as opposed to the thicker consistency found in name-brand mayo.

Lemony, silky, just so good that you have to try it yourself.

I’ve had it with a bit of baked ham. Alongside grilled chicken. Spread on Madeline’s lunch sandwiches. Made deviled eggs with it.

Seriously amazing stuff, and you’ll never go back to store-bought again.

And besides the fact that it’s cheaper and healthier to make it yourself, you never have to worry about running out – you have everything you need to make it!

Because it does have a raw egg in it, your homemade mayo will expire whenever your eggs’ expiration date is, so you’ll need to keep an eye on it, but since this recipe make just a cup and a half, you should be fine.

And yep. I totally reused the, ahem, store-brand jar to store this homemade goodness in. Shh. Don’t tell.

When I mentioned to my mom that I made mayonnaise, she said that my grandmother did as well.

If you have kids, let them watch as you make it – it’s a pretty cool science experiment to watch it as it turns from the liquid to the more-solid mass.

 

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Love twice baked potatoes with crispy bacon, cheese, and scallions? How about a faux version using cauliflower instead? Skip the guilt but still indulge in the toppings? Yes, please.

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Neither of my kids like potatoes.

Of any kind.

Sometimes I don’t even know who they are.

When Mystic and I broke up two years ago, I went through a (thankfully) short phase where I had mashed potatoes and gravy.

Every night.

True story.

When THAT is my comfort food, how I have managed to have two kids that shun potatoes of all kinds astounds me to no end.

Truth be told, potatoes are not a girl’s best friend.

Or they shouldn’t be.

Because. Carbs.

And, of course, all those scandalous toppings you’re wont to add on top just pushes it (and you) over the edge.

The edge of those slim cut jeans, no doubt.

So how about we change things up and play a little trick on ourselves?

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole.

Crispy Bacon.

Sour cream.

Cheese.

Scallions.

Hold the potato.

What the what?!

Yep. Hold the potato.

If you’ve been here over the last few years, you know I have had every version of cauliflower known to mankind.

Well, I really haven’t, not yet. Because just when I think I have, I find ten more new fake-out recipes to try.

Just look at my Pinterest board for proof.

But today?

It’s all about the fake-out loaded baked potato.

It didn’t fool my kids into liking potatoes.

As if.

And it might not cure a broken heart, if you have one.

But it plays nicely as a tasty and filling side dish without the heaping serving of guilt.

Hungry for more cauliflower recipes?
Visit Flavortown with this recipe for Sesame Glazed Cauliflower.
Cauliflower Fritters. Kind of like a fried latke. But without the side of guilt.
These Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots from Kalyn’s Kitchen were fun little bites to pop in your mouth.
If you haven’t made this ridiculously simple Three Ingredient Cauliflower Soup, you are seriously missing out.
This Buffalo-Style Roasted Cauliflower is one I keep going back to. So good and so easy.
This Roasted Cauliflower Spread is a riff off one that Sarah and I enjoyed at Tom Douglas’ Lola in Seattle.
Visually, this Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower is a showstopper, and I made it for a cooking challenge at the CIA recently.
If you haven’t had this Cauliflower Steak with Homemade Caesar Dressing, I don’t know how to help you.
This super simple Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a great comfort food spin when you’re craving carbs and cheese.
These Cauliflower Bread Sticks were another great riff, and delish!
This Mock Shrimp Risotto was almost as good as the real deal.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza for fulfilling all your pizza loving dreams.
And lastly, Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes will satisfy your comfort food craving.

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