Aioli

Mixing a bowl of Aioli

Serves 10

  • ½ small clove garlic, peeled

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large free-range egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 285 ml extra virgin olive oil

  • 285 ml olive oil

  • lemon juice, to taste

Smash up the garlic with 1 teaspoon of salt in a pestle and mortar (or use the end of a rolling pin in a metal bowl). Place the egg yolk and mustard in a bowl and whisk together, then start to add your oils bit by bit. Once you've blended in a quarter of the oil, you can start to add the rest in larger amounts. When the mixture thickens, add lemon juice. When all the oil has gone in, add the garlic and any extra flavours (see above). To finish off, season to taste with salt, pepper and a bit more lemon juice, if needed.



Try this: Lemon -or basil- flavoured aioli is good with salads, all types of fish, and in seafood soups. It's also great with roasted fish, chicken or pork, and is a classic with salmon.

Nutritional Information

Aioli

Fragrant garlicky mayonnaise

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This flavoursome aioli recipe has a gorgeous garlic kick – perfect for dunking a good chip!
Serves 10
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Aioli is a lovely fragrant and pungent type of mayonnaise – and the great thing is that you can take the flavour in any direction – try adding some pounded or chopped basil, fennel tops, dill or roasted nuts. It's also great flavoured with lemon zest and juice. It's normally seasoned well and is used to enhance things like fish stew in order to give it a real kick. You might wonder why I suggest using two types of olive oil to make this. By blending a strong peppery one with a mellower one, you can achieve a lovely rounded flavour.

Smash up the garlic with 1 teaspoon of salt in a pestle and mortar (or use the end of a rolling pin in a metal bowl). Place the egg yolk and mustard in a bowl and whisk together, then start to add your oils bit by bit. Once you've blended in a quarter of the oil, you can start to add the rest in larger amounts. When the mixture thickens, add lemon juice. When all the oil has gone in, add the garlic and any extra flavours (see above). To finish off, season to taste with salt, pepper and a bit more lemon juice, if needed.

Try this: Lemon -or basil- flavoured aioli is good with salads, all types of fish, and in seafood soups. It's also great with roasted fish, chicken or pork, and is a classic with salmon.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 498
    25%
  • Carbs 0.4g
    0%
  • Sugar 0.2g 0%
  • Fat 54.9g 78%
  • Saturates 8.0g 40%
  • Protein 0.5g 1%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • ½ small clove garlic, peeled

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large free-range egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 285 ml extra virgin olive oil

  • 285 ml olive oil

  • lemon juice, to taste