Basil or Dill Aioli

Published July 1, 2005.

Why this recipe works:

The garlic was our biggest challenge in getting the four primary ingredients to come together in our aioli recipe. We found that a fine, even mince maintained the smooth texture of the sauce and prevented oversize garlic bombs that exploded in the mouth. A good garlic press or a rasp-style… read more

The garlic was our biggest challenge in getting the four primary ingredients to come together in our aioli recipe. We found that a fine, even mince maintained the smooth texture of the sauce and prevented oversize garlic bombs that exploded in the mouth. A good garlic press or a rasp-style zester/grater ensured an acceptable mince. We also scaled back the quantity of garlic in our aïoli recipe—a single clove provided a pleasant, not shocking, heat.

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Makes about 3/4 cup

Pair this mellow herb-flavored aïoli with seafood or vegetables. If necessary, remove the green germ (or stem) in the garlic before pressing or grating it; the germ will give the aïoli a bitter, hot flavor. If you do not have regular olive oil, use a blend of equal parts extra-virgin olive oil and vegetable oil. Ground white pepper is preferred because it's not as visible in the finished aïoli as black pepper, but either can be used. The aïoli will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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