This small-batch of Garlic Aioli, made with just three ingredients, is your new best friend if you want to upgrade your sandwich, french fry, and veggie dipping game.
Hey friends, I’m technically on vacation (currently in NYC, follow my stories on Instagram if you want to tag along), so I’m going to keep things really short today, but get hyped because this is a total game changer of a recipe: Small-batch Garlic Aioli.
This is a super-simple, practically no-recipe recipe, but if you want to upgrade your sandwich, french fry, and veggie dipping game, this little batch of garlic aioli is your new best friend.
See also: Small-batch Cheese Sauce
It’s made with just three ingredients, mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice (plus a little salt and pepper), that when mixed together basically become magic.
You get a creamy spread perfect for dipping fries and veggies or slathering over sandwiches. The kick of garlic and acidic tang of the lemon really bring out the best of whatever you’re eating it on/over/with.
Trust me, if you’ve never made aioli at home, you need this recipe in your life.
How to Make Small-batch Homemade Aioli
- In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, pressed garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
- Stir, and add more salt and pepper to taste if needed.
That’s it. I included measurements in the full recipe below to get you started, but after you’ve made it once or twice, you won’t need them. Just a couple dollops of mayo in a bowl, a crushed garlic clove and lemon to taste. You’ll be able to make it in your sleep in about 30 seconds.
It’s a perfect back-pocket recipe to pull out any time a turkey and cheese sandwich at lunch feels a little boring or homemade batch of sweet potato fries needs a little spicing up.
This recipe calls for crushed/pressed garlic. If you don’t own a garlic press, they are cheap on Amazon or at most store where kitchen supplies are sold.
They’re a really handy piece of kitchen equipment that doesn’t take up a ton of space, so I recommend just buying one, but you can also grate your garlic with a microplane or crush it with a knife.
How to Crush Garlic Without a Garlic Press
To crush your garlic without a garlic press, peel and finely dice a clove of garlic. Sprinkle with a little salt and then use the flat of your knife blade to smash/scrape the garlic into a paste. (Here’s a good video of this being done.) Then just scrape that paste into the bowl with the rest of your aioli ingredients, and you’re good to go.
Garlic Aioli Recipe Notes
- To lighten up your aioli, you can substitute up to two tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt for part of the mayonnaise. Especially when using it as dip, you don’t miss the fat, and it dramatically cuts the calories.
- You might also enjoy these Pesto Chicken Sandwiches, Chipotle Turkey Sandwiches, Carne Asada Sandwich, and Homemade Panini.
Small-batch Garlic Aioli
- 1/4 cup (56g) mayonnaise
- 1 garlic clove pressed
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well-combined.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
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