Red-Eye Mayonnaise

I remember the first time I made home-made mayonnaise, it was so good I made it three more times before Mike and I got tired of it. Home made mayonnaise is deliciously addictive. It’s fresh, bright yellow, smooth, and so much more luxurious than the stuff in a jar.

Regular home made mayonnaise just uses egg yolks, so I was curious as to how the texture of Chang’s red-eye mayonnaise would hold up. The red-eye mayonnaise uses a whole egg, or if you have it, a slow-poached egg.

Red-Eye Mayonnaise is a coffee-flavoured mayonnaise riff on traditional red-eye gravy from the South. Red-eye uses instant coffee for the coffee flavour, but since I’m not an instant coffee drinker and I didn’t have any at home I went out and bought a jar of Nescafe. Nescafe’s not bad as instant coffees go; I’ve been drinking a lot it.

Red-eye mayonnaise is made much like regular mayonnaise: the egg, instant coffee, water, sherry vinegar, salt and sriracha are whisked together then oil is slowly added. My mayonnaise didn’t thicken up as much as I liked, so I stirred in some store-bought to give it some extra body.

On it’s own, red-eye mayonnaise is a tiny bit bitter from the coffee and acidic from the sherry vinegar; not something I particularly enjoyed. But with prosciutto, the mayonnaise turns into something more: creamier, deeper, more complex. Who knew coffee and meat went so well together?

11 Comments add yours

  1. I love how you photograph your mise en place in beakers. Makes the chemistry-geek in me smile. =)

    I love chemistry, if only for the glasswear!

    steph on April 8th, 2010 at 8:39 pm
  2. OooOOO yum! gotta try it! =)

    Hope you get a chance to try it!

    steph on April 8th, 2010 at 8:39 pm
  3. oh seriously i am in love with this one. this is the perfect partnet with a BLT baby
    and as i hate to admit this–i want to buy lab beakers now, now! LOLOL! where to get them?

    I can imagine it would taste great with bacon!

    You can buy the lab beakers at any lab supply store and they sell them on amazon too.

    steph on April 8th, 2010 at 8:42 pm
  4. Love the measuring cups!

    Thanks!

    steph on April 8th, 2010 at 8:42 pm
  5. LOL…. “Only a crazy guy via Korea, Japan, China whatever… only a crazy mind would come up with a coffee-mayo bullsh**… and it’s unbelievably good!” -Chef Jose Andres, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw7nS-iYdD0

    Hahaha, I love that episode of No Reservations! And yes, only a crazy mind would come up with this crazy mayonnaise!

    steph on April 10th, 2010 at 10:49 am
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