Appetizers
August 11, 2010
Sandwich Shop flavored mayos bring zip to the party

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

In the creative world of sandwich-making, certain phrases have long been commonplace. "Hold the onions" is popular. "Extra pickles" is often overheard. And then there's the biggie, "With mayo."

With that in mind, mayo took on a fresh persona recently when Kraft introduced a new line of flavored mayonnaises. Sandwich Shop Mayo is available in supermarkets in Chipotle, Horseradish-Dijon, Garlic & Herb and Hot & Spicy ($2.99 for 12 fluid ounces). The first three are reduced-fat mayos.

Our panel of tasters liked the four so much that a mild post-tasting debate surrounded the question of who got to take which squeeze bottle home.

Some tasting notes:
Chipotle: "Sweet. Lots of flavor. A medium-hot tang."
Horseradish-Dijon: "A tasty marriage of the two. Piquant. Not too hot, given its heritage."
Garlic & Herb: "A mild garlic flavor dominates. Herbaceous, with basil, parsley and onion in the background. 'Reduced fat' doesn't mean 'reduced flavor.'"
Hot & Spicy: "Lives up to its name. Nice heat, especially on the back end. The boldest of the bunch, with cayenne pepper adding punch."

For sandwich recipes featuring the flavored mayos (including Bavarian Rhapsody and Maui Wowie), go to www.kraftfoods.com/sandwich. Our tasters suggested the mayos also be added to potato, macaroni and tuna salads, and used as a dressing on green salads.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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