In the Provencal tradition, we served the aioli on a large plate and surrounded it with a colorful array of dipping items, such as celery, fingerling potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and blue-crab claws. Use whatever is fresh in your local market.
Serve the aioli with our Flash Fried Squid. This recipe has been adapted from "Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen" by Tom Douglas with Denis Kelly, Shelley Lance, and Duskie Estes. Copyright 2001 by Tom Douglas. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow & Co., Inc.