Citrus Mayonnaise Recipe

Homemade mayonnaise
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (16 servings)

Store-bought mayonnaise gets a pop of flavor from oranges, sesame oil, and dill in this easy Citrus Mayonnaise recipe that is a great accompaniment to  poultry or seafood.

If you want to start from scratch, make your own homemade mayonnaise, but there are so many high-quality mayonnaises out there these days, that shouldn't be necessary unless you're worried about preservatives.

This recipe is from Emeril Lagasse's "Every Day's a Party" (William Morrow & Co. 1999). The subtitle is "Louisiana Recipes For Celebrating With Family And Friends" and that pretty much describes the contents of the book -- 125 recipes and menus that take you from Super Bowl tailgates to Mardi Gras, from New Year's Eve to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and beyond. 

You can expect recipes like Salt-and-Herb-Crusted Red Snapper, Bananas Foster Ice Cream Pie, Crawfish and Sausage Jambalaya, Emeril's Martini with Chocolate Grapes, Cold Cucumber Soup and Pecan Florentines, to name a few. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 medium orange
  • 3/4 cup good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill
  • dash Tabasco

How to Make It

  1. Grate the zest from 1 medium orange. Cut away the peel and white pith, cut out the orange segments and chop. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup good-quality mayonnaise1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil. Beat the orange zest, shallots, and Tabasco and fold in the chopped orange and dill. Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Citrus mayonnaise is excellent with poultry or seafood, either as a dip, sandwich spread or salad binder.
  1. For example, substitute 1/2 cup Citrus Mayonnaise for the 1/2 cup ranch dressing in this Zesty Salad Spread recipe that uses canned chicken or tuna or rotisserie chicken from the deli, cream cheese, onions and bell peppers. It can be used as a spread for appetizers or sandwiches, or just served in a lettuce cup.  See more substitution recommendations, below.

Recipe Source: "Every Day's a Party" by Emeril Lagasse (William Morrow & Co.). Reprinted with permission.

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