Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise

mise en place for basil Parmesan mayonnaise

As a child I never understood why my grandmother Lottie would put mayonnaise and butter on sandwich bread, smearing each side with two things I just didn’t like. I had to resort to only eating the inside of the sandwich, and it was probably ham and cheese, as turkey wasn’t really in her realm unless she was serving Thanksgiving dinner.

Now I live for mayonnaise and butter and think that’s there no better thing to smear on sandwiches and toast, or whatever might be on the menu.

Recently we had a Sunday family dinner by the pool deck, and I made Ina Garten’s Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise, and it was, like most all her recipes, delicious and fool-proof.

I love this time of the year and a trip to the Farmer’s Market is a once-a-week go-to
the tarragon for the beef I grow in my garden
When serving beef tenderloin, I like to plate and serve individual portions. Here the beef slices are served on top of mashed potatoes that I made early in the day and kept hot on the stove simmering over a Bain Marie.
The small plate at the end is for two-year-old Rory. He loves corn on the cob and it can keep him at the table for a good amount of time. Corn on the cob for toddlers is one of my favorite summer party tricks.
I use blue tin chargers out at the country house that I’ve had for decades. I set the table with the chargers early in the afternoon thereby holding a place for everyone so I don’t get confused when it’s go time. I also like to use place cards so that when it’s time to sit it doesn’t feel awkward as to where to go. Here I used simple brown Kraft paper to keep the mood casual.
I put extra basil parmesan mayonnaise in small blue bowls at each end of the table. The flowers in the saved tequila bottles are from my very small cutting garden. I spy little Rory at the head of the table. 🙂

If you’ve never made scratch mayo, this is an easy way to give it a whirl. If you have homegrown basil, bonus points. It’s a wonderful thing to serve family and friends food you’ve had some part in creating. Try it, you will not be disappointed. It keeps well in the fridge for turkey or ham and cheese sandwiches too, although you might want to hold the butter.

Who’s to say though, as butter is love, and deep down I really knew Lottie was serving up a whole lot of love in those childhood sandwiches.

I love when the party lasts into the evening and the votives give off a little extra glow.

Every day dress, basil parmesan mayonnaise.

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  1. Are those the tequila bottles ? Love them
    Outside eating is always beautiful
    Unfortunately for us we had. To wait till 8 pm or November
    Always love seeing happy families I

    • Yes, those are the tequila bottles. I love saving them and reusing them as they were hostess gifts when friends come for a visit and it give me happy vibes. I love dinner at 8 pm, it’s actually my favorite time to dine! We’ve had to adjust to an earlier schedule when the littles are visiting! Much love to you and yours.

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