Mayonnaise is one of those condiments people either love or hate. There really is no in the middle. You also have the mayo vs Miracle Whip camps. I am in the mayo camp. I am pretty sure this is a regional thing. My husband is from Kansas and they are all in the Miracle Whip camp. I also have friends from Texas that are in the Miracle Whip camp. I am from California where the majority are in the mayo camp, which of course is the correct camp.
While I love a turkey sandwich with plain mayo on it, I also enjoy spicing up my mayo with different ingredients. I thought I would dedicate a post to share some ideas of ways you can quickly and easily doctor up your mayo to make it extra special. You can also do this with Miracle Whip, if that’s your bag.
There are so many different ways to spice up your mayo. I’ve come up with six options in this post. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some of these combinations, or at least get some inspiration for making your own concoctions.
Option 1 – Chipotle Mayo
Simply take some chipotle sauce and mix it with mayo. You can also take some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and chop them finely and mix them for an extra spicy combination. You can also use Tabasco, or any other hot sauce you fancy. This mayo pairs great with a turkey burger and some pepper jack cheese.
Option 2 – Sundried Tomato Mayo
Take some sundries tomatoes (I like the ones in olive oil) and chop them finely and mix them with mayo. You can use as little or as much as you like, depending on how strong you want that tomato flavor. This mayo pairs great with a grilled chicken sandwich. It’s one of my favorites! Look for a grilled chicken sandwich on the blog soon that features sundried tomato mayo.
Option 3 – Dijon Mayo
This one is so simple, but I am including it, because you can find a dijon/mayo combo on the condiment isle at the grocery store, but I don’t see the point in adding an extra bottle to my fridge, when I can just combine a couple of ingredients and make my own. This mayo is great on burgers and on turkey sandwiches or grilled sausage.
Option 4 – Basil/Pesto Mayo
Simply mix some basil/pesto with your mayo. You can use homemade pesto of course, but I think the store bought stuff is sufficient for this mayo. This is another combination that pairs well with a grilled chicken sandwich. It’s also great with turkey. This is another favorite of mine.
Anyone remember, “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun?” No, that’s just me, huh? If you were born in the seventies, or earlier, surely you remember the Bic Mac commercial with this little jingle. It was so catchy that I still remember it today. The “special sauce” is pretty easy to replicate. All you need is some mayonnaise, ketchup and pickle relish. That’s it! Obviously this particular combination pairs great with a good, old fashioned hamburger. Now I’m making myself hungry!
Option 6 – Garlic Mayo
Last, but not least is a garlic mayo. Garlic just happens to be one of my favorite ingredients. It’s a little strong to add to mayo raw, but using a knife and some salt, you can make a garlic paste and add that to some mayo and it’s divine. Simply finely chop the garlic, sprinkle with some salt and use the edge of your knife to make a paste with it. It takes a little bit of the edge off so that the raw garlic isn’t quite as strong. This one also pairs great with chicken, or roast beef or a nice steak sandwich.
I hope you enjoy some of these combinations, or are inspired to come up with your own! If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them. You can leave a comment below, or tag #ketchumkitchen on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by!