Janine Gilbertson's Granite Kitchen: Making the most of mayo

By JANINE GILBERTSON July 25. 2018 12:57AM

Horseradish mayonnaise goes great with roast beef. (JANINE GILBERTSON)

Reaching for the same condiments to serve with burgers and sandwiches can turn into a dull routine, but taking a few minutes to whip up your own is well worth the effort.

If you have a jar of mayonnaise in the pantry, you can create custom condiments by adding seasonings like herbs, lemon and spices. I decided to try making a few of my own creations one night when I grilled some turkey burgers.

One of my kids asked me what was for dinner, and when I told him it was turkey burgers, he rolled his eyes. I asked him what the eye rolling was all about and he said turkey burgers are “boring.” I figured a little chipotle mayo would bring a little excitement to the table, and it seemed to work.

Since the chipotle mayonnaise was a success, I decided to try making a horseradish mayonnaise to serve with roast beef sandwiches. This was also a hit with the kids.

Since the seasoned mayonnaise was a success, I figured I would try to make mayonnaise from scratch to see if that made things any better. After all, mayonnaise is made from egg, oil and lemon juice or vinegar, depending on the recipe, so I figured it couldn’t be that difficult.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have as much success making mayonnaise from scratch as I did with the other creations. Although it was smooth and creamy, I used bottled lemon juice rather than fresh-squeezed, and this seems to have had a negative impact on the flavor. It just tasted off, so I decided to stick with store-bought mayo.

One thing I’ve been making from scratch for years is tartar sauce. It seemed there was never any tartar sauce in the house when I wanted it, so I learned how to make it myself. A little relish mixed in to some mayonnaise and a few seasonings is all that’s needed to make your own.

Homemade tartar sauce makes a swimmingly good fish dinner. (JANINE GILBERTSON)

Quick Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup dill pickles, finely chopped

1 tsp lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp fresh dill, chopped

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp black pepper

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together.

Horseradish Mayo

1 cup mayonnaise

3 tbsp horseradish sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped



Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together until well blended.

Chipotle mayonnaise turned around some youthful hesitation about turkey burgers. (JANINE GILBERTSON)

Chipotle Mayonnaise

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tbsp chives, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp chipotle chile powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Add the ingredients to a food processor and pulse several times to combine.


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