Friday, June 11, 2010
3 egg yolks (for safety reasons, use pasteurized eggs)
1 pint vegetable oil
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp white wine vinegar
2-3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Kosher salt, or to taste
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
How to prepare :
Let all your ingredients come to room temperature before you begin.
Using an electric hand mixer, stand mixer or a wire whisk, whip the egg yolks for a minute or two, until they're thoroughly beaten.
Add the 2 tsp vinegar and whisk for about half a minute. Then add the salt, and the cayenne if you're using it, and beat for another 30 seconds or so.
Now, with the mixer going full speed (or with your arm whisking as hard as it can) add the oil very slowly, as little as a drop at a time.
When the emulsion starts to form, you can add the oil more quickly, but keep it at a fairly moderate stream. Adding the oil too fast will break your mayonnaise.
When the emulsion thickens, add a teaspoon or so of vinegar to thin it out. Continue adding oil, stopping occasionally to add more vinegar if the mixture gets too thick.
Finish with the lemon juice, both to add a bit of tang as well as to achieve the right consistency.
Store unused portion in the refrigerator, where it should keep for a day or two.