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Allioli Sauce


All right, I did write this recipe  to be made, by hand, in a mortar  and pestle! But, you can easily do  the whole thing in a food processor  or blender. I think the rustic presentation of the paella got  a hold of me and I love making  this decadent and heady sauce  by hand. Feel free to make it  however you want as long as it is  from scratch. NO SHORTCUTS!

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  • 1 cupServings


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • About ¾ cup extra-virgin oliveoil; I prefer an unfiltered and organic Spanish oil


1. Place the egg yolks and garlic  in a mortar along with the salt.  Using a pestle, smash the mixture  to a smooth paste.

2. Add the lemon juice to the  mix. Drop by drop, pour the olive  oil into the mortar slowly as  you continue to crush the paste  with your pestle. Keep turning  your pestle in a slow, continuous  circular motion in the mortar.  The drip needs to be slow and  steady. Make sure the paste  soaks up the olive oil as you go.

3. Keep adding the oil, drop by  drop, until you have the consistency  of a very thick mayonnaise.  If your allioli gets too dense, add  drops of water to thin it out. This  takes time—around 20 minutes  of slow motion around the  mortar—to create a dense, rich  sauce.

Recipe published in JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller magazine Fall 2015. Subscribe Now.

Fall 2015 Magazine

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