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How to make Mayonnaise, German-style

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I was just asked how to make mayonnaise, German-style. Well, in reality, there's one basic recipe for mayonnaise, German or not. It's just a mixture (emulsion) of oil, egg yolk, and an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice. The method's important so that it doesn't separate as you mix it. So here, let me show you how to make this so easily with several different versions, that you can use for your German recipes.

Once you've made your homemade mayonnaise, check out all the places you can use this, in the salads below. 

How to Make Mayonnaise, German-style

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp german mustard
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt, white pepper, sugar

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together egg yolks and mustard.
  2. Pour ¼ cup of the oil, drop-by-drop into the egg mixture, under constant whisking, until the mixture is a smooth creamy consistency.
  3. Add remaining oil, in a slow, steady stream and continue whisking until a thick, creamy mayonnaise results.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice, mix, and season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Add more lemon juice if needed.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature!
  • Because this mayonnaise contains raw egg yolk, it should be consumed within 2 days and remain under constant refrigeration.

Variations:

Aioli - Garlic Mayonnaise: 

  • Add 1 - 2 cloves garlic, crushed, to the finished mayonnaise 
  • Re-season with salt and white pepper

Yogurt-Mayonnaise:

  • Add ½ cup Greek yogurt to finished mayonnaise. 
  • Re-season with salt and freshly ground black pepper

... but Germans don't use mayo!!!!!

I hear this all the time, especially from my Facebook fans.

And, I find this really funny since I'm German and I grew up with mayonnaise.

Germans have a love/hate relationship with mayonnaise. Some will say Germans never use it, but others say they always use it! The reason? It all depends where in Germany you live/come from. Generally speaking, if you use mayo, it probably means you come from the northern part of Germany. 

So, you can probably tell where I'm from. The northern part ... well, not really that north, but around the Berlin area.

The most common places I use this mayonnaise is in my potato salads, egg salad, and tuna salad. In fact, it works perfectly any place mayonnaise is requested ... because it's real mayonnaise ... just homemade. In fact, I think you'll like this a lot better than the type you can buy.

And it's perfect, because once you master the method, you'll find it so easy to make whenever you need it. Try it. I think you'll love it.

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