hile the history of the celebration can be a bit fuzzy, some people celebrate the 5th day of May with culinary or musical homage to all things Mexican. This year I’m thinking of going beyond guacamole to celebrate mayonnaise—America’s best-selling condiment. Heinz got a lot of flak in weeks past for trying to launch a mayo/ketchup combo they’re awkwardly calling “Mayochup.” It’s also been booed since something called Fry Sauce dates back to the ‘40s, while Goya has been making Mayo-Ketchup that’s popular with Latin American consumers.
Anyway, May controversy aside, here are 5 you should know about that go beyond Miracle Whip to add a little spice or smoothness to every meal.
In no particular order:
- Mayo in a tube: When I traveled to Vienna last summer with my Canadian cousin (are you still following?) she squeed with delight upon spotting Thomy Delikatess-Mayonnaise in the market. Apparently, when her husband lived in Switzerland (still with me?) this made in Germany mayo was the only condiment he would eat; so much so that he bought cases of it when he moved back home. And yes, my cousin bought about 10 tubes home with her. You, on the other hand can find some on Amazon.
- Fit for (vegan) royalty: With the royal wedding just weeks away, it’s the perfect time to up your condiment game. Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise is made with sunflower oil and aquafaba- the liquid you usually drain from a can of chickpeas. We feel sure Meghan Markle would approve (and that’s the royal we, in case you were wondering!)
- Nice Spice: While Lee Kum Kee known for their authentic Asian sauces and condiments, the brand’s Sriracha Mayo is a mellow way of adding a little bite to your carne asada
- That’s all yolks: Kewpie Mayonnaise has legions of fans and foes who either love or loathe the Japanese brand that’s made with only egg yolks instead of the entire egg. On the brand website it says it “goes well with salad, sandwiches, sushi.” Well, OK then!
- A chipotle a day: Just Chipotle Mayo is ideal for everything Mex or when you just prefer a little mayo. Try some drizzled on tacos, corn or tostadas. All products in the Just line are crafted by chefs and have 40% fewer calories than traditional mayos—only 60 per serving. They are also gluten-free, kosher and Non-GMO (as well as plant-based). Find them online via Amazon or at your local grocer.
They shared an easy recipe for Cilantro Lime Crema:
1 cup Just Chipotle Mayo
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
½ teaspoon lime zest
¼ teaspoon salt
- Mix together all ingredients. Serve as a dip, or as a complement to chili or stew.
In case you’d rather do it yourself – The folks at HelloFresh reminded me that a few years back they featured some mayo recipes on their blog and wanted to share some again with the rest of us:
2 egg yolks, at room temp
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cold water
1 tsp mustard
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cups cold canola or olive oil
Gather all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and whisk for 20 seconds
While mixing, add the oil slowly, until the sauce thickens and becomes mayo
Start with the Classic base recipe. Then just add 2 crushed garlic cloves and a 1/4 cup of finely chopped herbs to create this fancy bistro mayo. The herb choice is up to you, depending on what you plan to spread this on. Dill would be delicious for a tuna salad sandwich!
Start with the Classic base recipe. Then just add 3 tbsp of white miso paste, 1 tsp sugar and 2 tbsp of white rice vinegar for an Asian flavor in every bite.
Rachel Weingarten is a beauty, smarter shopping and lifestyle expert and beauty historian and the award-winning author of three non-fiction books. In early 2018 she launched The Evolved Foodie. Get social with her on Facebook, or Twitter. Rachel regularly writes for many top media outlets, read some of her recent stories at readsomethingby.me