Aaahhhheeeeeoh-leeee! I struggle to say and spell it but I have no trouble at all eating it. I first learned to make this most magnificent sauce ever back in the 1990s when the wonderful Juan-Carlos was my next-door neighbour. He was the most wonderful cook and spent hours in mine had his kitchen making wonderful vegetarian Spanish food. I adore you for teaching me this favourite. Back in February I created a plant based version for my Shrovegan Tuesday post. But to help this recipe get some more attention I’ve added a separate listing for this most seductive of sauces. Aioli is the most garlic rich sauce anyone has ever created and will instantly whisk you to the Mediterranean. Right now it feels like the Mediterranean here, single aside, so this plant based mayo is essential. Whip some up you know you wanna. Go on…
Creating this egg free version was my first use of aquafaba and it went wrong. I needed to reverse the usual method for combining the ingredients. Aquafaba is the soak water found in a can of chick peas or the water in which dried beans have been cooked once they have been soaked overnight. It is often used to create stiff replacement egg whites but for me aioli uses an egg yolk so I need my sauce to be bright yellow or it won’t appear to be right. So I’m going to add a little saffron and turmeric to achieve the golden shade of deceit I require.
210g small tin of chickpeas (the soak water – the peas will be added to the vegetables later)
A pinch of saffron
50ml Spanish olive oil
Half a tsp of sea salt
Two cloves of smoked garlic
Pinch of turmeric
Drain the soak water from the chickpeas into a small pan and add the saffron threads. About a dozen if you want to count them. With my big fingers I just added a pinch. Turn on the heat and warm through but try not to let it boil. Then leave it to cool. In a mortar and pestle pound the garlic cloves and salt into a paste.
Take 3tbs of the now golden egglixir and pop it in a round bottomed bowl. With a hand held single electric whisk, foam the egglixir until it becomes stiff peaks, much like egg whites would.
Then add tiny drizzles of olive oil keeping the whisk spinning all the time until the full 50ml are incorporated into the mixture.
Add a pinch of turmeric to restore the golden yellow colour before finally adding the pounded garlic and salt paste for a final spin.
This yellow plant based garlic mayonnaise is the essential taste of summer. Especially during this wonderful heatwave. I will say that this sauce stays with you. First thing in the morning you will still taste it hahaha.