#AtoZchallenge – A is aioli

Alioli made with homemade mayonnaise.

Aioli made with homemade mayonnaise.

When ever I host a dinner party the one thing that all of my friends request is aioli and a basket of warm crusty bread.

This creamy garlic mayonnaise is a traditional appetiser in Spanish restaurants. A basket of warm Spanish bread is bought to your table with a bowl of aioli and back in my wheat eating days I was the first person to dive in.

Nowa days I take my own gluten free bread to Spanish restaurants and I quickly take my share of the aioli before it gets contaminated with wheat crumbs.

Having never made mayonnaise before I thought this would be the perfect time to give it ago. I used a pale coloured rapeseed oil which gave the creamy colour, but you can use the oil suggested in the recipe below or perhaps a rich coloured rapeseed oil which will give it a nice dark yellow colour . It was surprising easy and I really enjoyed making it.

I know that not everyone has the time to make their own, so the recipe below is using shop bought mayonnaise. But feel free to make your own mayonnaise. I have included a link below to where I got my recipe.

If you would like to create your own little bit of Spain on a plate, this is how you do it.


This recipe serves 4


4 tablespoons of full fat mayonnaise or you can use light – the taste is slightly different if you do. I used homemade mayonnaise – the recipe was from BBC Good Food.
2 minced or crushed medium cloves of garlic or use one large clove
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper



Put the mayonnaise is into a small bowl. Add the minced garlic and lemon juice and mix together. Season with a good turn of black pepper and a pinch of salt. Mix together.

Chill until ready to serve. Ideal with warm crusty gluten free bread  – or any bread of your choice.

Happy gluten free cooking 🙂

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About samanthapidoux

Double Edward R Murrow award winner for 'Best Documentary' and 'Best Feature'. Community and freelance journalist and programme maker. Currently working at the Lincoln School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

Posted on April 1, 2014, in Food and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oooh another food blogger on the A to Z challenge! I shall have to look into your blog a bit more – I do lots of gluten free cooking for dinner parties


  2. samanthapidoux

    How exciting I will be reading blogs later on :)) thank you! I just want to prove to the world that you can live without it 🙂

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