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Unconventional Uses For Mayonnaise

When you think of mayonnaise, you probably think sandwiches, or maybe even potato salad. Although it is a classic sandwich condiment, its versatility is widely underrated.

First of all, mayonnaise is an emulsion made from oil, egg yolk, and acid (usually vinegar or lemon juice). While it’s great for adding moisture to dry sandwiches, and a great when used for pasta or potato salads, there are any other ways you can use mayonnaise when cooking.

  • Marinade
    Did you know a thin coat of mayonnaise on meat, poultry, seafood, or veggies can prevent them from sticking to the grill? In addition, it also helps to seal in natural flavors and juices, subsequently keeping your protein moist.
  • Dip
    Mayonnaise is also a great base for dip for your chips or veggies. If you can’t commit to dipping veggies or fries in plain mayo like the Belgians do, try mixing in lemon juice, chives, Dijon, and sour cream for a refreshing crudit√© dip. Or add avocado, cilantro, and lime to your mayo for a guacamole-inspired dip.
  • Eggs
    Try stirring on a tablespoon of mayo per two eggs before scrambling them. The result? Extra fluffy scrambled eggs.
  • Grilled Cheese
    Have you ever tried swapping butter for mayo when making a grilled cheese sandwich? It helps to get the bread crispy and crunchy while enhancing flavor.
  • Salad Dressing
    A great creamy dressing ideally starts with mayo. Get creative with the ingredients you have on hand (fresh herbs, ginger, soy sauce, sriracha, lime, mustard). Start with mayo and add a bit of vinegar and spices, along with your ingredients of choice and you’ve got a delicious dressing.
  • Dessert
    Sounds crazy, right? It’s not! Mayonnaise is great for keeping pie crusts intact and making moist cakes. For your next chocolate cake, try swapping your egg with 3 tablespoons of mayo and let us know how it goes!

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