My sister, ‘The President of Cookies” has known me all my life. She knows that bacon themed products are an easy gift for this bacon lover. This Christmas she gave me a product from Stonewall Kitchens; Maple Bacon Aioli. I am no stranger to Stonewall kitchens with their other product; maple onion bacon jam. We are going to try this product straight out of the jar and with a prime rib sandwich. ( I was looking for an excuse to show off our aged prime rib roast we had for Christmas). Put on another yule log and let’s experience Maple Bacon Aioli.
My first duty is took take a gander at the ingredient list. It has the usual suspects for a quality aioli with the added bonus of real, actual bacon bits. The one ingredient that disappoints me is ‘smoke flavoring’. (Liquid smoke). Liquid smoke can be genius or if heavy handed a curse. The top is opened to unleash smoky mayonnaise aromas. This smells fantastic. The texture is thick. This thick condiment is speckled with tiny flakes of real bacon. Here comes the million dollar question. How does it taste?
I am in love with Stonewall Kitchens Maple Bacon Aioli. This is a quality mayonnaise type product with the added bonus of real bacon bits. I was worried that liquid smoke would be overpowering but this is not the case. It was used in restraint and is pure genius. The mixture is smooth, rich and a little decadent. I do have one small observation that is crucial. There is a little texture from the bacon bits creating a tasty and wonderful experience. This product is not perfect though. Where is the Maple? There is a little sweetness present but I could not identify it as maple syrup. Am I complaining? No, this is still a great product but does not deliver as promised.
It is time to show off my Christmas roast.Aged prime rib roast baked in the oven would be the filling of our sandwich. This would be a great test for our bacon aioli. We added a little avocado to our sandwich and then topped it off with a generous dollop of aioli. Can words describe how wonderfully sinfully great this sandwich was. The aioli was the perfect accompaniment to compliment the avocado and beef. My next sandwich will definatly be avocado and maple bacon aioli. What a great product. It does not deliver maple, but, who cares. Brilliant.