Basil Garlic Aioli sauce made from scratch only takes a few easy minutes and the result is a flavorful dip or spread that packs a real raw garlic punch.
Basil Garlic Aioli is a great way to use the basil from the garden (or from the store if you aren’t the best gardener) and this is a perfectly easy recipe. Whether you use it as a dip for your fries and tater tots (notice I said and instead of or because who could choose between the two?) or as a spread on a burger or a sandwich, you will love this recipe. I don’t know why, but its really hard to find recipes for homemade aioli. I love to make flavored aioli for french fry dipping and burger spreading, but when I scour the interwebs for inspiration, most of the recipes tell you to mix stuff with mayonnaise. Why? Tell me why?
Making your own homemade version is lickity split plus you get the added satisfaction of getting to say that you made it from scratch rather than stirring something into mayonnaise (which is totally fine, mind you, but I like to pretend I’m an over achiever sometimes).The other week week my 8-year-old daughter (update: she is now 10 years old as this post was originally written a couple years ago but was in need of an update) got her first babysitting gig. She got to watch my friend’s adorable little 10-month-old little girl while I supervised while mom and dad went out on a day-date to the movies. Afterward, we have them over for dinner and I made caprese burgers. Now, for the basil component of the burgers, I was left with a few options: 1) just put fresh basil on the burgers in lieu of lettuce and call it a day, 2) whip up some basil pesto, or 3) do right by our guests and whip up a homemade basil garlic aioli that will have them heading home with stinky raw garlic breath. Yes.
Stinky garlic breath always wins.I used my tried and true recipe for my chipotle aioli and simply removed the chipotle and small amount of sugar in the recipe and threw in a bunch of basil. BAM. Perfection. Do you all like my six-year-old (updated to say that he is now 8-years-old and still holds food in photos for me) son’s modeling hands? The deal was that he got to eat the first french fry if he would dip it for the camera. That’s a win-win combination… plus I get to admire how cute those chubby little hands are for eternity. I will tell you this – making your own basil garlic aioli from scratch really is super easy and only takes a few minutes, but it sure does impress folks when they ask what this wonderful sauce is and you can boast that you made it with fresh ingredients the old fashioned way. YUM!
Leftover aioli. Now what? Here are some ideas of what you can do with any leftover basil garlic aioli:
- You can also use it as dressing for potato or tuna or chicken salad.
- Dip steamed artichoke leaves in it!
- Make potatoes aioli. It’s a potato salad with boiled potatoes, aioli, and fresh parsley… typical in Spain.
- Use as a sauce on grilled fish or chicken, on grilled or steamed vegetables.
- If you want to get real fancy, you could make a traditional French aioli platter: Take a large tray/platter, and put a bowl of aioli in the center. Surround this with cooked & trimmed artichokes, poached cod, beef carpaccio, blanched snow peas and green beans, steamed new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, hardboiled eggs, sliced red bell pepper, sliced zucchini…really, whatever vegetables appeal to you. You can leave out the meat and fish entirely, or do shrimp instead. Sprinkle the whole platter with chopped parsley and capers, and enjoy!
- Basically, anything your average store bought mayo is used can be replaced with flavorful homemade aioli.
There are a few kitchen must-haves for this recipe:
Food Processor – I have a big one. Sure it’s heavy and can sometimes be a pain to clean depending on the recipe, but it does the job and it does it well.
Garlic Press – Having a good garlic press can make all the difference. I use this one because it’s not only easy to squeeze, but it’s easy to clean. Both are equally important, in my opinion.
Flexible Measuring Cups – My sister and I first found these at a cooking class and we thought they were just the best invention. Any time you are measuring and/or pouring liquid, these are simply the best to have on hand. They make a great gift for your favorite cook, too!
Citrus Squeezer: These are the best ways to quickly get all of the juice out of a lemon, lime or orange without the seeds!
- 4 tablespoons fresh basil (about one large handful of leaves)
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (about 2-3 large cloves)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Place basil, garlic, yolks, lemon juice, and salt in food processor. Pulse to combine.
- Turn processor on and slowly pour in olive oil mixed with the vegetable oil. Process until aioli forms, about a minute. Turn processor off, scrap sides, process again until combined.
- Serve immediately or store in air tight container in refrigerator until ready to use. Makes approximately one cup.