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Make Your Own Mayonnaise in Minutes

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“Treat yourself once in a while to homemade mayonnaise prepared in a food processor. This simple version is delicious and light – and it takes about 5 minutes to whip up. It will keep about a week, but mine usually vanishes before that,” Judith Jones writes in “The Pleasures of Cooking for One.”


1 large egg
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt, to taste
About ¾ cup light extra-virgin olive oil

Spin the egg, mustard, a few drops of lemon juice, and a small pinch of salt in the food processor long enough to blend well. With the machine going, pour the olive oil in, a few drops at a time to begin, then in a steady stream. When the mayonnaise has thickened and you have used up almost all of the oil, taste and adjust: You will need several drops more lemon juice and a little more salt, and perhaps, if the sauce doesn’t seem thick enough, a little more olive oil blended in. That’s it.

Variations: If you don’t have a food processor and want to make the mayonnaise by hand, use just the egg yolk instead of the whole egg. Drop the yolk in a small shallow bowl and beat constantly with a fork in one hand as you slowly add the olive oil, in droplets at first, then in a steady stream, until thickened.

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From “The Pleasures of Cooking for One” by Judith Jones

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