I don’t recall if my maternal grandmother ever had store-bought mayonnaise in her dark brown doublewide Admiral refrigerator. It’s possible she did. But I can tell you that when Sunday rolled around and she was making potato salad, she was also going to be making homemade mayo to put in it. My mother is the same. She says that when she was growing up, she avoided the kitchen when she saw the potatoes and eggs go on to boil, because otherwise she would be roped into making the mayonnaise and she lived in fear of the darn stuff splitting. Now she can’t get enough of homemade mayonnaise and makes it willingly. I imagine years of being press-ganged into service have made her an expert. When it came time to make a sauce for this week’s Sunday Supper theme of Sauce It Up, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. My own concoction of onion and capers added to my grandmother’s homemade mayonnaise. So I consulted the family expert. And this is what she sent me. Thanks, Mom! (My comments in green.)
For Mother’s (by which, she means my grandmother's) homemade mayonnaise:
(Yields about 1 1/2 cups or 350ml)
2 egg yolks (raw)
2 egg yolks (hard-boiled)
1 cup or about 240ml vegetable oil or more as needed (I used canola.)
Black or white pepper (I used about 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes and a few grinds of fresh black pepper.)
For the caper onion mayonnaise:
1 recipe Mother’s homemade mayo
1/2 medium red onion (about 1 1/4oz or 35g)
2 tablespoons capers in brine with a little of the brine
More salt and pepper to taste – you can let it sit for a while after adding in the capers and then add more, if necessary. Remember that capers in brine are salty.
For the salmon:
One filet per person (about 6-7 oz or 170-200g each)
Sea salt flakes
Mash the yolks real well with a fork.
Using an electric mixer, add a little oil at a time to egg mixture and beat well. Be very careful, mayo can curdle if you add too much oil at one time. Continue mixing and adding oil gradually. (I used a whisk and added about a tablespoon or two at a time, whisking thoroughly in between. It took a while but I was watching The Great British Bake Off so I didn’t care!)
|Just the four egg yolks.|
|Adding the first of the oil.|
|After the third or fourth addition of oil.|
Continue the process until you have the desired amount of mayonnaise. (I stopped after adding the whole cup of canola, which gave me almost a cup and a half of mayo.)
|The last of the oil going in.|
You have now mastered my grandmother’s homemade mayonnaise. Well done! (If by some chance you did pour in the oil too fast and it split, rescue it with the instructions here. They work and, sadly, I know that from past personal experience.)
Now to make the caper onion mayonnaise, simply grate your onion very finely and make sure to collect the juice as you grate it. I actually left the onion whole and grated half off, which is easier than trying to grate a cut onion.
Add the grated onion and the juice to the mayonnaise.
Add in the capers with a little of their juice. Stir well, cover with cling film and, if you aren’t eating right away, store in the refrigerator.
And on to the salmon.
Season the salmon on both sides with a light sprinkle of sea salt flakes and black pepper.
Turn the salmon filets over and cook for another few minutes or until the salmon is just cooked though and the skin is crispy.
Taste the caper onion mayo and add more salt and pepper if necessary, stirring well. Add a liberal dollop to the top of each salmon filet and serve.
For lagniappe, as we say in south Louisiana – here’s just a little something extra:
If you are only serving two with salmon, you are going to have plenty of caper onion mayo left over. Stir some through a drained can of tuna and serve on toast. Delicious! I don’t know that my grandmother would approve but I think it would also be pretty good in potato salad. The caper onion mayo will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Join today’s host and all-around good guy, DB from Crazy Foodie Stunts, and the rest of the Sunday Supper group as we Sauce It Up!
- Creamy Dairyfree Mushroom Sauce from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Guava BBQ Sauce from Basic N Delicious
- Homemade Steak Sauce from Juanita's Cocina
- Homemade Tartar Sauce from The Foodie Army Wife
- Homemade Teriyaki Sauce from Curious Cuisiniere
- Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce from Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos
- Port Wine and Fig Sauce from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Red Wine Sauce | Molho de Vinho Tinto from Family Foodie
- Tomato Kasundi from What Smells So Good?
Pasta Sauces and Pastas with Sauce
- Amatriciana Sauce from The Weekend Gourmet
- Angel Hair Pasta with Neapolitan Sauce from Cookin' Mimi
- Basil Pesto from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Black Walnut Kale Pesto with Zucchini Spaghetti from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
- Chardonnay Seafood Sauce (with Linguine) from Country Girl in the Village
- Homemade Guiltless Alfredo Sauce from Momma's Meals
- Italian-Style Tomato Sauce from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Lamb Ragout from Maroc Mama
- Lentil Marinara Pasta Sauce from Alida's Kitchen
- Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Sicilian Marinara Sauce from Growing Up Gabel
Entreés with Sauces
- Chicken Tikka Masala from I Run For Wine
- Chicken with Mushroom Demi-Glace from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Garlic Mushrooms In Red Wine Sauce from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Jack Daniel's Honey Barbecue Baked Wings from Chocolate Moosey
- Mrs. A's Skillet Lemon Chicken from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Philly Strip Steaks with Provolone Sauce and Caramelized Onions from The Texan New Yorker
- Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Salmon with Homemade Caper Onion Mayonnaise from Food Lust People Love
- Sweet & Sour Garlic Chicken Wings from Big Bear's Wife
- Apple Cider Caramel Sauce from The Messy Baker
- Banana Pudding Sauce from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Sauce from Daily Dish Recipes
- Port Wine Cranberry Sauce from Webicurean
- Pumpkin Applesauce from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Pumpkin Caramel Sauce from Noshing With The Nolands
- Raspberry Red Wine Sauce from Treats & Trinkets
- Slow Cooker Applesauce from Citronlimette
Desserts with Sauces
- Baked Espresso Berry Pudding from The Urban Mrs
- Bananas Foster from MidLife Road Trip
- Caramel Apple Sheet Cake from Pies and Plots
- Pear Tatin with Rum Caramel Sauce from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce (over Chocolate Rosemary Cake) from Gotta Get Baked
- Sticky Toffee Pudding w/ Toffee Sauce from girlichef
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