Miracle Whip or mayo? This BLT question inspired the switch to mayonnaise: not just any mayonnaise, but homemade mayonnaise. Grab your whisks ...
“You want that BLT with mayo or Miracle Whip?” asked the waitress.
We’d stopped for a late lunch at a tiny country café, the gravel parking lot mostly emptied of the after-church fried-chicken crowd.
For weeks, I’d been hankering the rite of summer that is the BLT, hot strips of bacon tucked between slices of good bread with fat slices of tomato and crisp lettuce.
I ordered the sandwich, counting on good bacon and good tomatoes, minimum. The mayo-Miracle Whip question was a surprise but made me grin: Facebook needed to know. A minute later, my cousin LeAnne asked, “Well, which one did you pick?” Well, Miracle Whip, of course, no question.
But this week, I made homemade mayonnaise for BLTs made at home and, heads up, LeAnne, when it comes to BLTs, I’m switching to mayo.
Why go to all the trouble of making mayo? It’s the texture, light and airy, like pillows of goose down. It’s the way it almost melts into the toasted bread. It’s the clean, pure taste.
Yep, I’m a convert. My answer to the BLT question is now 'mayo', so long as it's homemade mayo, that is. Maybe others will switch too?
RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE
Time to table: 15 minutes
Makes about 3/4 cup
- 1 egg yolk (see TIPS)
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- Splash of lemon juice (a generous teaspoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon good mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 3/4 cup canola oil (see TIPS)
Grab a whisk, a large bowl (see TIPS), a measure of patience and an extra measure of upper-arm muscle. Put everything except the canola oil into the bowl and whisk a bit, just until there are no signs of yolk or mustard. For the next four minutes, add about a ½ teaspoon of oil at a time to the mayonnaise, all the while whisking whisking whisking. For the next eight minutes, slowly pour the remaining oil into the bowl in a thin stream, all the while whisking whisking whisking.
Use immediately or better yet, transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate until quite cold.
Now make BLTs. Now savor. Now take the homemade mayonnaise pledge.
What's Your Choice for BLTs?
Mayo? Miracle Whip?
Is Homemade Mayonnaise Calling?
Let me know in the comments!
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