American Aioli – Less Creamy – Less Thick

American Aioli – Less Creamy – Less Thick



Aioli at restaurants in America is usually not as thick as mayonnaise. This recipe is related to my blog post Thomas Keller’s Mayonnaise Or Aioli. Here is a recipe adapted from a recipe in a video by ChefSteps for making American aioli. The sugar can be substituted with honey or agave, and the vinegar can be substituted with lemon juice or different types of vinegar. Consider chilling the sauce and serving it on a sandwich or as a dip with crudités [1][2] or fries.

Note: 1) making taco sauce with aioli with agave and cayenne may be interesting


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt (1/2 teaspoon Diamond kosher salt, a pinch and a dash of Morton kosher salt)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup oil


  • Add everything but the egg yolks and oil to a blender container
  • Blend the ingredients to make a smooth sauce
  • Add the egg yolks
  • Blend the ingredients to make a smooth sauce
  • Add the oil slowly while the blender is running, or in small amounts by turning the blender off and on

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American Aioli

1. “Rich, Buttery American-Pistachio Aioli.” YouTube video, 2:09. Posted by “ChefSteps,” April 14, 2016.


Steak And The Still Evolving And More Exciting Vegetable Ragout

Steak And The Still Evolving And More Exciting Vegetable Ragout





Note: 1) there is a diagram for how to put grill marks on a steak by turning a steak 90° in my blog post Fiddlehead Ferns, Morel Mushrooms, Kiwano, Steak Grilling Diagram

I cooked this steak using a thermometer, some memories from ad hoc at home by Thomas Keller, and a recipe booklet for an infrared grill. This steak was cooked medium-rare on a grill to an internal temperature of 145°F/62.8°C. “Carry over cooking” increased the temperature to approximately 152°F/66.7°C. Since I did not know how long the steak would have to cook, the technique that I used to cook the steak was to cook the first side until there were attractive grill marks on the steak, and then I flipped the steak over to cook the steak until the internal temperature of the steak was 145°F/62.8°C. I cooked the steak for 2 1/2 minutes on one side, and for 3 minutes on the other side.  If someone wants the internal temperature to be 145°F/62.8°C, the steak should be removed at approximately 140°F/60°C. The recipe for the rub was from a recipe for a Grilled Double Rib Eye with a Black Pepper Rub (page 6 of pdf). The rub included salt, black pepper, paprika, thyme, and vegetable oil. Let the steak sit for 10 minutes after removing it from the grill. Many chefs pour butter or butter with herbs over a steak.

Working with so many new ideas and ingredients has given me the opportunity to improve my vegetable ragout recipe. I make this about once a week. It is evolving to be very exciting. The idea for making vegetable ragout is to roast vegetables and tomatoes while creating a flavorful broth in a saucepan. Making ragout should take less than one hour. Put about 3 pounds of tomatoes in a roasting pan. Use any type of tomato. Add vegetables. I use bell peppers, poblano peppers, Anaheim peppers, banana peppers, onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, or garlic. Adding green or yellow zucchinis or eggplant is also exciting. Put the whole head of garlic on top of the vegetables. Cover the garlic and vegetables with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Roast the vegetables in the oven on the highest rack position at 425°F/220°C. The oven is hottest at the top of the oven.  If the vegetables were frozen, save all of the juices and put them in a saucepan.

While the vegetables are roasting, put 1 quart of juices, broth, or wine, 1/4 cup of honey, and 3/8 ounce (11 grams or about 1/3 cup) of dry herbs, or 3/4 ounce (21 grams) of mixed fresh herbs in the saucepan, with 2 teaspoons of salt (4 teaspoons Diamond kosher salt, 3 teaspoons Morton kosher salt) and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Herbs including savory can be very exciting. Some “grocery store chains” and Penzeys sell dry herbs in large quantities. Sometimes 1 1/2 ounces (43 grams) of herbs may only cost $1.25. Reduce the broth. After 45 minutes, add everything to the saucepan and blend everything with an immersion blender to make a sauce. Cover with cheese or bread crumbs. Serve with big pasta strips or shapes sautéed in butter.

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Vegetable Ragout