Monday, September 27, 2010
Garlic Herb Mayonnaise
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 to 1/3 cup minced fresh basil* (MUST be fresh!)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3-6 garlic cloves, minced
Mix ingredients, adjusting amounts of ingredients to meet your preferences.
*A note on mincing basil: I used to hate chopping/mincing herbs until I learned how to do it properly. First of all, it's always helpful to start with sharp knives. If your knives aren't sharp, it's going to be a frustrating task regardless of how you do it. Start by stacking your basil leaves on top of one another (I try to put the largest leaves on the bottom of the pile) then roll them up lengthwise.
Carefully cut the basil into thin strips (this is called a chiffonnade) then cut across the strips at a 90 degree angle to mince it.
This mayonnaise is great on many different sandwiches, but one of my favorites is a grilled veggie and chicken sandwich - yum!
To make the sandwich, grill whatever vegetables you'd like: red bell peppers, green bell peppers, red onions, brown onions, zucchini, tomatoes, etc. Instead of grilling mine, I drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and put them under the broiler until they're nice and grilled (and starting to brown in some spots).
You can also make Sumiko's chicken, slice it, and put it in these sandwiches for those that want some meat. Put desired ingredients on a toasted sandwich roll with the garlic herb mayonnaise and enjoy!!! Delish!