Monday, May 24, 2010

Sun Dried Tomato Aioli

Definition of Aioli: is a sauce made of garlic and olive oil. Normally egg is also added for ease of mixing.

I've heard of aioli a few times, but didn't realize just how easy it is to make until recently. With a base very similar to mayo, but with a stronger flavor punch, this was a recipe I absolutely had to try.

With a few pantry staples, you can make dozens of variations of this recipe - and the greatest part is? It takes 5 minutes. Seriously, you spend more time getting the ingredients out of the fridge and pantry than it takes to quickly whisk this favorite together.

Oh, and it's super inexpensive to make. Who can say no to that?

3 T. light mayo ($.10)
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil (extra virgin if possible) ($.10)
pinch of garlic salt (1/8 tsp. or less) ($.05)
3 sundried tomatoes, chopped very fine ($.12)
1/2 tsp. lemon juice ($.05) (optional)

In a small bowl, add mayo and garlic salt. Slowly whisk in olive oil, then lemon juice. Fold in chopped sun dried tomatoes. Chill for 10 minutes. Use as a sandwich spread.

Yields = 3 servings
Cost: $.42

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