Probably the most famous garlic sauce of all is Aioli, the golden garlic mayonnaise of Provence. So celebrated is this versatile French sauce that certain days are set aside in many villages for feasts that last from noon until after sundown as platters of vegetables, fish, hard-cooked eggs and bread are carried in for dipping up the smooth, garlicky delight.
Aioli packs a powerful punch, and makes a perfect partner to all manner of things, apart from vampires, that is!
Time: 15 minutes
You Will Need
Four Cloves Garlic, I use the largest cloves I can find
2 Large Egg Yolks
1 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
¼ Teaspoon White Pepper
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 ½ Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
Have all the ingredients at room temperature
Peel the garlic, and combine the garlic, egg yolks, mustard, salt, and pepper in a blender.
Cover and blend at medium speed until smooth, with the blender running, remove the cover or the little additions cover and slowly pour in half the oil in a steady stream.
Stop the Blender and scrape down sides of jar
Cover and turn to medium speed, uncover and add the lemon juice, then the remaining oil in a slow stream as before, stopping the blender to scrape down sides occasionally as the sauce thickens.
Chill and serve.
To prepare the sauce with hand or electric mixer: use a narrow deep bowl (a one-quart glass measurer makes a good container, or use smaller bowl supplied with large electric mixer). Beat in the oil very slowly, especially at the beginning, being sure oil is completely blended before adding more. When thick, crush garlic cloves over sauce and mix well.
In France, aioli is traditionally served with seafood, fish soup, and croutons. It is usually served at room temperature. The name aioli (alhòli) comes from Provençal alh ‘garlic’ (Latin allium) + òli ‘oil’ (Latin oleum).