I am a big fan of mixing sweet and savory items, particularly when the savory item is also spicy. The creaminess of the mayonnaise, the sweetness of the strawberries, and the earthiness of the ginger make this condiment a well-rounded counterpart to any spicy meat. Particularly my Jerk Pork Tenderloin! It cools off the spiciness of the meat and gives the flavors an extra dimension. It’s also dead easy.
If you don’t like strawberries, you can swap it out for any other preserves, like apricot or grape. Don’t like mayo? Swap it out for sour cream. Hate ginger? Use tarragon! Or chives! Or a good mustard! It’s very customizable.
The general principle is something sweet + something creamy + something earthy.
Kissel’s Spiced Jams does an excellent job of pairing sweet and earthy and you can look to them for flavor combination ideas, such as Apricot & Rosemary, Peach & Coriander, Cherry & Fennel, and Plum & Tarragon.
The uses for this mayo are endless.
Get a half a pound of Boars Head Jerk Turkey and Chipotle Gouda from the supermarket deli. Lay out a piece of turkey, spread on some strawberry ginger mayo, top with a piece of cheese, and roll it up like a cigar. Keep going until you run out of turkey and store in a Tupperware container in the fridge for easy snacking.
To make the mayo, you’ll need:
1 tbsp ground ginger
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp sugar-free strawberry preserves
Mix all ingredients well and serve.
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp sugar-free strawberry preserves
- Mix all ingredients well and serve.