You may have noticed that Chew Town has started featuring a few more recipes for condiments among its posts (like dulce de leche, basil pesto and homemade Gianduja). I realised recently that there were so many sweet and savoury additions in my pantry and fridge that I sort of took for granted when including in recipes that I probably should start to investigate making them for myself.
The thing I realised most quickly when researching condiment recipes is that many of them are surprisingly much easier to make than I thought. Also the homemade condiments are usually a world above the store bought varieties.
If you hover over the recipe menu above, you’ll notice that Chew Town now has a condiments section. Still in its early days, I have plans for many more condiments in Chew Town’s future, so keep checking back and you’ll find an ever expanding list.
The next savoury condiment to add to the list is this Roasted Garlic and Lime Aioli.
I must confess that I am really not a lover of mayonnaise – never have and seemingly never will be. But make Aioli which is essentially like mayonnaise with some garlic and I’m all over it like a rash.
I can’t really explain my dislike of mayonnaise to be honest, but there is something about the addition of the garlic that changes the whole flavour and makes it palatable for me.
I really wanted to add another depth of flavour to my aioli so I decided to roast off the garlic in the oven before including it in the mix. Also, as a complete citrus nut, I needed to add my good ol’ faithful lime to this and topped with a few Australian finger lime pearls (optional if you can’t find them) the resulting aioli not only tastes wonderful, but looks pretty as a picture.
The worst thing about this condiment is its seductiveness. It tastes great with everything (chips, seafood, meat, the list goes on…) so you may find yourself seeking excuses to eat it every day – and with a cup of olive oil its not exactly the healthiest of condiments.
If you haven’t tried to make your own aioli I highly recommend it. With the depth of roasted garlic and zesty zing of the lime, this baby is definitely going to be the go to recipe in our home.
Lime and Roasted Garlic Aioli
3 garlic cloves
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1 finger lime, pearls reserved
Preheat oven to 180° Celsius and roast garlic until fragrant and soft. Remove from heat, mash with a fork and set aside to cool.
Place egg yolk and mustard in a bowl and whisk together. Continue to whisk and slowly add the olive oil little by little. When the mixture thickens add lime juice and whisk in then continue to add the remaining olive oil. Add the mashed garlic and whisk till combined. Season with salt pepper to taste then add a little more lime juice if needed.
Transfer to serving bowl and top with finger lime pearls.