Lemon Sriracha Aioli

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There is a sandwich shop in town that I stopped in just last week to catch up with my sweet father over lunch. I decided to order for the second time a sandwich that I decided was the best I'd ever had to date - a fairly high compliment for two slices of bread holding a humble vegetarian filling. I couldn't put my finger on what made it just so delicious, delicious enough for me to proclaim it as the very best sandwich I've ever tasted. Though the vegetables inside were very tasty, I realized it was the generous smear of aioli on both slices of toasted bread that had me hooked. It was rich, tangy, spicy, and slightly sweet.

Sometimes a condiment can make all the difference. 

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Though I'm still on a recipe-testing quest to recreate that magic sauce from that local sandwich shop, I do have a special condiment of my own to share with you that dares to compete: my lemon sriracha aioli. A personal favorite way of using it is by dipping halved or whole roasted brussels sprouts in a dish of the aioli as an appetizer or a side dish. I think it would also be delicious brushed on the innards of a sandwich with bacon and tomato or drizzled over charred corn hot off the grill, sprinkled with crumbled cheese or fresh parsley.

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It takes all of two minutes to whip up when using store-bought mayonnaise, making this an easy and simple condiment for a summertime meal.

Sincerely, Adelle

Lemon Sriracha Aioli

  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (you may add more, depending on how spicy you'd like it)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon

Combine mayonnaise and sriracha, stirring until combined. Add fresh lemon zest, stir, then the lemon juice. After tasting, you may add more sriracha if you prefer more heat. Enjoy on roasted vegetables (brussels sprouts pair deliciously), toasted sandwiches, or grilled corn.