Mayonnaise is not just a popular sandwich spread, it’s also a base for many dips, spreads and sauces. It’s easy to make a customized mayo for a burger or sandwich or to serve as a special dip with french fries. All you need to do is mix your mayonnaise with whatever additions you like in a bowl, food processor or single-serve blender. A food processor or blender is great for adding herbs or other coarse ingredients that will benefit from a light chop.
Here are some of our favorite mayonnaise add-ins:
- Cilantro, parsley and lime (pictured)
- Chive and garlic
- Lemon and dill
- Rosemary and cracked black pepper
- Curry powder
- Lemon and capers
- Tarragon and mustard
- Cumin and chile powder
- Balsamic and basil
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Jamaican jerk seasoning
What are your favorite mayonnaise combinations?
Compound butter sounds like something fancy that would take a long time to make, something you might bring out for special occasions or holidays or when you host your best friend’s baby shower. It doesn’t sound like something you might prepare for a family dinner on a weeknight or when the baby is crying and the dog won’t leave the kitchen. Compound butter just sounds like work.
The truth is, compound butter is incredibly easy and only takes a minute or two of prep work. Our favorites involve simple, straightforward herbs and spices you can use on multiple dishes. Today, we’re making a cilantro butter we think will pair perfectly with fresh summer corn on the cob. It would also be great with toasted bread, potatoes, chicken or shrimp kebabs or a pork sandwich.
To make the compound butter, use a food processor. It makes combining the herbs and the butter a cinch and it works quickly. To prepare the butter for forming and cooling, you can use a ramekin (as we did here) or create a roll in some wax paper, twist the ends, and then slice when cool. Either way works great; it just depends on your preference.
1 bunch cilantro, leaves only
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
Juice from one lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Using S-blade, with food processor running, add cilantro, butter, lime juice, salt and pepper to food chute. Process until mixture is light and fluffy.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours to blend flavors.
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