You know mayo. It's a must on sandwiches, of course. But did you know that mayonnaise adds creamy, tangy goodness to many other kinds of sweet and savory dishes?
Mayonnaise is more versatile than you may think. Put it to work in new ways with these clever ideas:
Make Frosting Creamier. When you make buttercream frosting, stir in a spoonful of mayonnaise. It'll make the frosting creamier -- even after refrigerating it.
Almost Out of Mayo? If your mayo jar is down to its last few tablespoons, transform it into Bottom-of-the-Jar Parmesan Dressing. Just thrown in some grated Parmesan, buttermilk, snipped parsley, and minced garlic. Then screw on the lid and shake it up. Also try Chef John's Empty Mayo Jar Dressing.
Ramp up Those Mashed Potatoes. Use mayo to kick up the creaminess and flavor of mashed potatoes. Stir into 1-1/2 lb. mashed potatoes a half-cup each of shredded Cheddar and mayo, plus a little chopped pimiento and grated onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Wash and Wear. You can use mayo anywhere you'd use an egg wash. Brush it on top of bread or pastry dough before baking, or on shrimp before coating with coconut.
Go Fish! Curry-Coconut Fish Fingers put their cafeteria counterparts to shame. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat it with cooking spray. Cut 12 oz. tilapia into pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a bowl, stir together a quarter-cup mayo with a little red curry paste and lime zest. In a dish, stir together equal amounts of panko and shredded coconut. Dip fish in mayo mixture, then panko mixture, and put on the baking sheet. Lightly coat fish with a bit more cooking spray, then bake in a 450-degree F oven until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 8 minutes.
It Makes a Crazy-Good Fruit Crisp. Stir together a cup of flour and 3/4 cup of sugar with a little cinnamon. Stir in a half-cup of mayo, then sprinkle the mixture over 4 cups of blueberries in a baking dish. Bake in 350-degree F oven until lightly browned, about 35 minutes.
10 Recipes Made More Delectable with Mayo
In these 5-star recipes, mayonnaise really makes a difference.
"Spinach and cheese stuffed into boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Serve with rice, noodles, or a great Greek salad!"
You can substitute any fresh or frozen vegetable you like for the spinach in this easy-to-make quiche. Watch the video to see how it all comes together.
Ripe bananas, chocolate chips, and mayonnaise make these crowd-pleasing muffins extra scrumptious.
"The mayonnaise adds a little tang to this delightful fresh blueberry crisp. It's really delicious."
"These deviled eggs include bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Better than your ordinary deviled eggs."
"They are very moist and taste great! If you are worried that they'll taste like mayonnaise don't worry, they don't taste like it at all!"
"The fish is broiled with a creamy cheese coating for an impressive flavor and texture."
"Amazing--so cheesy and fragrant. If you don't like artichokes, don't worry--you'll never know they're in there! My only question is: Is it okay to just eat it with a spoon right out of the dish?"
"These remind me of my favorite fast food restaurant's little burgers! The perfect appetizer to bring to a party!"
"My mother always made these quick and easy cupcakes for impromptu summer barbeques. They are a childhood favorite."
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Portions of this article first appeared in Allrecipes magazine.