Terry and I had such a great time last night at the Cincinnati Blogger’s Convention at Mercantile Library. We met up with some old friends– Michelle, Shannan, Jeff, Brian Bob and Erin and made a few new ones (who all acknowledged that we all felt like we knew each other already…): Kate , Ashish, Matt, Val, and Brian from CET (who needs to comment so I can read his blog).
For those of you who witnessed our spirited discussion, Jeff and I have come to a draw on the aioli. We’ve figured out that the egg can be optional– olive oil + garlic, mashed with a pestle– but the breadcrumbs are as well. Why add breadcrumbs to a sauce that has egg in it already? Bread’s a binder! Breadcrumbs must go into the olive oil and garlic version. Mustard is added to some versions, but not to others. There is obviously no definitive answer. Further research and testing is required. Oh, darn.
(The further I research this, the more muddled it gets. I just found a recipe that involves both breadcrumbs and egg yolks. I think the only real conclusion is that aioli is not mayonnaise. Ta da.)
Some pictures from the evening, courtesy 5chw4r7z: