Saffron is one of the most expensive herb/spice in the market. However, if you have a local Asian market you can usually get it rather inexpensive. Although, it is of a slightly lower quality, it still has all the flavor and color of the spice. Similar to buying store brand olive oil verse top self olive oil, you can make amazingly inspired dishes with saffron and not spend a whole lot. A great example is saffron mayonnaise, which is a beautiful sauce for fried vegetables such as zucchini or mushrooms.
Full time 1 hour (includes rest time)
Makes 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise (not salad dressing style)
1 tbsp water, boiling
1 tsp saffron (if high quality use 1/2 tsp)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
In a heat resistant bowl combine saffron and water. Let sit 10 minutes.
Whisk in garlic powder and pepper.
Whisk in mayonnaise, whisking until smooth and even in texture.
Adjust seasoning, adding salt only in needed.
Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve alongside fried vegetable, cheers!