Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Aioli; Thinking beyond a sandwich spread




Aioli (ai-o-li): A mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other ingredients (such as pepper, horseradish, lemon, etc)


Similar to our Chutney, we have received several inquiry's as to what exactly an Aioli is and what to do with it.  This January, we launched our new Aioli line after several request from our customers for an all-natural, gourmet mayonnaise. In typical Stonewall Kitchen fashion, we didn't want to produce a standard mayonnaise that you can get anywhere; we wanted to add a little pizazz to it. Enter in the Aioli. 


If you have ever caught our employees ordering lunch in the cafe before, you might have seen them request an extra side of the aioli for their French Fries.  We have been producing a Habanero Mango Aioli in our cafe for years and wanted to be able to bottle it for all to enjoy. One flavor wasn't enough however, so we created 5 new flavors.


Aiolis with Fries



The most common use for an aioli would be as a sandwich spread, or in our headquarters, as a sweet-potato-fry-dip.  But the aioli is not just limited to those two.  It can be incorporated into recipes for an extra punch of flavor, combined with olive oil for a fantastic vinaigrette, used as a topping for a piece of fish or chicken, and several other ways!


Our Aioli collection has a flavor for everyone;
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli - a more traditional flavor that is ideal for garlic lovers!  Use this in your potato salad for a little extra flavor
  • Horseradish Aioli - with an intense kick of horseradish, this is a perfect accompaniment to Roast Beef
  • Lemon Herb Aioli - A mix of lemon, dill, tarragon and garlic makes this aioli a great dipper for crab cakes or as an addition to pasta salad.
  • Smoky Barbecue - This flavor is an employee favorite! Use as a dipping sauce for vegetables and ad it to your indoor-cooked burger for a outdoor smoky flavor.
  • Habanero Mango - If you like spice, then this is the one for you.  This aioli has a spice that sneaks up on you and is balanced perfectly with the sweet mango. 
Of course, you can always use these as a swap for mayonnaise in any savory recipes!  Here are two classic recipes that you can awe your guests with when they taste the fun, creative twist to them!


Deviled Eggs


A old-fashioned family favorite and easy appetizer.  Use any of our Aiolis to create different flavored eggs.


Habanero Aioli Deviled Eggs recipe


Ingredients:
  • 6 unshelled eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen Aioli
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garnish (crumbled bacon, cilantro or parsley leaf, paprika, dill sprig)
Directions:
  1. Place eggs in a pot large enough for the eggs to be in a single layer.  Cover eggs with cold water, enough to cover eggs by 1-inch.  Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook eggs. 14 minutes for large eggs, 12 minutes for small and medium eggs, and 15 minutes for extra-large and jumbo eggs.  Add 1-2 minutes more if eggs are cold directly from the refrigerator and not at room temperature. Plunge the eggs into cold water to prevent further cooking.
  2. Once eggs are cooled, peel off shells. Cut eggs in half lengthwise.  Remove egg yolks to a small bowl. Add Aioli and salt & pepper.  Mix until smooth and uniform. Spoon or pipe egg yolk filling into each white.  Garnish and serve.


Habanero Mango Coleslaw


Who doesn't appreciate a recipe that only has one step! A fun, easy twist to a classic recipe. 
Cole Slaw Habanero Aioli


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Stonewall Kitchen Habanero Mango Aioli
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup jicama, 1/4 inch dice (can substitute apple)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup mango, 1/2 inch dice
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated lime zest
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl, toss and serve.
Be creative! Using shredded cabbage, oil and lemon or lime juice as your base you could use any of our Aiolis with different add-ins.





5 comments:

  1. Coleslaw and deviled eggs! Healthier than french fries. Thanks for the ideas and recipes! I could just eat the Smoky BBQ with a spoon though. :)

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  2. We agree Karen! Everyone here loves the flavors in the Smoky BBQ, they are so unique!

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  3. The Fresh Market here carries a whole lot of your products, which is great, but no aioli at all. What can we do about this horrible situation? :)

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  4. Next time you are at Fresh Market make a request for our aiolis from one of their managers. Thanks for asking!

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  5. Will do, thanks!

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