Top Secret Miracle Whip

Top Secret Miracle Whip

1 egg yolk
5 teaspoons white vinegar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup canola oil
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
pinch paprika
pinch garlic powder

  1. Whisk the egg yolk by hand for 15 seconds.

  2. Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and lemon juice in a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Stir until salt and sugar is dissolved. Add half of this solution the egg yolk and whisk for another 15 seconds.

  3. Pour canola oil into a plastic squirt bottle or measuring cup with a spout. This will allow you to drizzle the oil into the egg yolk with one hand while whisking with the other. Dribble a few drops of oil into the yolk and whisk, and continue to add oil a little bit at a time while whisking nonstop. When you are about halfway through the oil, your mayonnaise should be very thick. Whisk in the remaining vinegar solution and add the mustard, paprika and garlic powder. Now you can add the remaining oil in a steady stream while whisking until all of the oil has been added.

  4. Put the dressing into an old mayonnaise jar and seal it with a lid. Keep up to 7 to 10 days in your refrigerator.

Makes 1 cup.


If you are concerned about the raw egg yolk used in this recipe (even though the risk of salmonella poisoning from well-chilled fresh eggs is extremely low), you can buy eggs that have been heat-treated (pasteurized ) for a bit more scratch. The vinegar used in the recipe also helps kill any stray bacteria baddies.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur, (Plume, Penguin Group, 2009)

Making mayonnaise using a stick (hand) blender:

  1. Place egg yolk into bottom of 1-quart canning jar or other tall narrow jar that allows you to immerse the mixing blades of a stick blender all the way to the bottom. The jar should be only slightly wider than the end of the stick blender.

  2. Add all of the other ingredients, except canola oil, on top of the egg yolk.

  3. Carefully pour 1 cup of canola oil on top of all ingredients in jar.

  4. Place mixing blades of stick blender (turned off) all the way to the bottom of the jar, pressing down over the egg yolk.

  5. Turn stick blender on high speed, hold in place at the bottom of the jar for about 5-seconds, until you see mayonnaise forming under stick blender’s mixing blades.

  6. Slowly pull the running stick blender upward until the mixing blades reach the top of the jar, taking about 5-seconds to go from the bottom of the jar to the top. Turn off stick blender.

  7. The stick blender will turn the oil into mayonnaise as it is pulled slowly to the top of the jar.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups of mayonnaise.

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