Monday, September 27, 2010

Gourmet Mayonnaise and a Delicious Sandwich

A major food company has recently come out with gourmet mayonnaise.  These gourmet mayonnaises are basically mayonnaise that has been dressed up with various flavors.  I have tried a couple of these new flavors of mayonnaise and can honestly say that I wasn't very fond of them.  They tasted fake and processed.  I did find out, however, that you can make your own gourmet mayonnaise at home and it tastes absolutely wonderful!!!  Even my husband, who is a meat and potatoes type of guy and doesn't particularly like gourmet anything, likes it!

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!


Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried freezing these sandwiches after you assemble them??

Looking for a new freezable dish for my cooking club!

Thanks for your help!

Kimiko said...

I wouldn't recommend freezing these sandwiches. The vegetables would probably be mushy once defrosted and mayonnaise doesn't fare well after it's been frozen. If you're looking for freezable recipes, click on "Freezable" under "Topics" on the right-hand side of our blog!

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