Alioli has been used in French cooking for a very long time. It is a type of mayonnaise with a strong flavor, stronger than that found in grocery store jars. Even when made at home, regular mayo just doesn’t have the same rich flavor as alioli. The flavor is changed completely by adding in the smoky notes of chipotle, which is a well known, and well loved, Mexican ingredient. For spicing up wraps or other Mexican dishes, chipotle alioli is something novel.
2 egg yolks
1 crushed garlic clove
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 bunch cilantro, minced
1 can of chipotle chilies (small)
1 onion, minced
Place all ingredients, except the oil and chilies, into a blender. Process on high until all of the ingredients have been liquefied.
Open the top of the blender (the hole in the lid for adding extra ingredients), and slowly pour the oil in while processing on the highest speed you can without splatter. You must add the oil in a thin stream continuously. The alioli will begin to thicken to the consistency of mayonnaise. Drop the chilies in once the mayo has developed and blend until they are pureed. Remove from the blender and store in a tightly lidded container in your fridge.
You may add another clove of garlic for a more robust flavor, or even add more chilies. Dried chipotle chilies must be soaked until they are soft, though if you desire flakes for visual appeal, add 1/2 dried chili pepper.
Sometimes a mayo will ‘break’, this means that the oil and vinegar doesn’t emulsify properly. To fix this, just keep blending your alioli on high until it all comes together. If oil floats to the top of your container during storage, just remove from the container and re-blend. If you do not have chipotle peppers you can use any pepper on hand, just adjust for heat level. Poblano peppers are a great substitute, be sure to char them before you skin and de-seed them. The color will vary depending on what pepper you use as a replacement.
Chipotle alioli can be used as a garnish, spread, or even a dip. Fresh vegetables respond well to dressing , as do certain meats and cheeses. Try a chipotle alioli on your next snack tray and be prepared for the compliments.