There are two types of people in the world: a person who loves mayo and a person who hates it. So which are you?
Mayonnaise is a thick cold condiment that is commonly used as a spread in sandwiches, dip for fries, or dressing for composed salads. While these still apply today, there are now plenty of surprising cooking applications that you can make with mayo – and take your food to the next level!
Mayo is composed of mostly fat from eggs and oil, and these two essential ingredients are the things we commonly add to our food to taste better. So if you think adding mayonnaise to your typical recipe may sound weird, then think again.
You better ready your mayonnaise making machine for we listed 13 remarkable mayo cooking hacks that will make you drool.
#1 Add Mayo to Mashed Potatoes
You may say adding mayonnaise to mashed potatoes is a big no-no, but the truth is you can – and it is not a taboo. In fact, adding it makes the mashed potatoes super moist, rich, and creamy. The ratio of potatoes to mayonnaise can vary as it really depends on the consistency you are making. For instance, ½ cup of mayo can be enough for a pound of boiled and peeled potatoes.
#2 Replace Butter with Mayo in Grilled Cheese
Do you want to achieve that golden crust when you make your grilled cheese? Then drop the butter for mayonnaise can take over. To attain the crispiest crust, just brush the bread with a thin layer of mayo rather than butter when making grilled cheese. You won’t taste it, yet it will give a beautiful crunchy texture to your bread with a deep golden color.
#3 Brushing Mayo to Your Proteins
Brushing mayonnaise to your proteins – like chicken, pork, and fish – before grilling, will avoid sticking to the grill dilemma. All you need is a thin coating of mayo, and these issues are avoided. Besides, it even promotes even browning and crispy texture.
#4 Add Mayo to Cake Batter
This hack may sound crazy, but adding mayonnaise to your cake batter will make it super moist. Many people are already trying this, and they also swear that mayo is the holy grail in making cakes super moist.
#5 Use Mayo to Make Fluffy Biscuits
You can use mayo to make such fluffy biscuits, and it only takes three ingredients to make, namely self-rising flour, milk, and mayo itself. With these power trio, you won’t need any yeast or rising.
#6 Mix Mayo with Lean Ground Meat
When you mix mayonnaise with ground meat, you are adding fat and moisture. It helps the meat keep the moisture and adds enough fat to give them flavor without becoming too fatty. This hack is beneficial when you are working with a lean ground turkey or beef.
#7 Use Mayo to Breaded Chicken Breasts
Usually, breaded chicken breasts require flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs. However, this recipe changes things a bit by getting rid of the eggs and flour and using mayonnaise instead. The amazing thing is that mayo helps the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken and gives it a nice color when being cooked.
#8 Make an Easy Marinade with Mayo
Mayo has both acid and fat in it, two reasons why you can use it for the marinade. Whether you want to marinate fish, pork, beef, turkey, or chicken, this hack is a killer.
#9 Use Mayo to Make Alfredo Sauce
If you need to make a quick alfredo sauce, then mayonnaise will surprise you. Rather than going through a hassle of cooking traditional alfredo sauce, you can just simply use mayonnaise to create a smooth sauce without the need for flour and butter to make a roux.
#10 Add Mayo to Scrambled Eggs
This has been tried and tested, and swear, adding mayonnaise to your scrambled eggs will make it fluffier than ever! Forget the milk or water. Mayonnaise is already enough with your eggs.
#11 Use Mayo to Cream Cheese Spread
If you love making your spreads for melting over baked bread, like onion garlic bread, then mixing grated cheese with mayonnaise is a revelation. Adding mayonnaise rather than sticking with plain cream cheese will make the garlic bread creamier. The mayonnaise melts with cheese to make a sauce-like gooey. Tasting this cheesy topping might not stop you from munching on until it is gone.
#12 Use Mayo to Make Pancakes
While some may reason adding mayonnaise to pancake is peculiar and gross, believe it or not, many people use and include it to make fluffy pancakes like the lofty Japanese pancakes. Just think about it, if mayo can be used to make fluffy cakes as we discussed earlier, then it would only make sense that it can do the same thing for pancakes.
#13 Use Mayo to Make Perfect Fried Rice
If you want to achieve perfect fried rice, then better flip that lid of mayo jar and start using it. Adding mayonnaise into your rice – do it before frying – will keep it from being too soggy and too sticky, which is a common issue in cooking fried rice.
And that ends our list of amazing cooking hacks using mayonnaise. Which cooking hack do you find interesting? We would like to hear your insights by providing your comments below!
This is a guest post by Gracie Watson