Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Using good EVOOs and Aged Balsamic Vinegars

Sometimes you really don't need a new recipe in order to use one of our EVOOs or Balsamics.  Many times you can use one of them as a substitute for the butter or vegetable oil or liquid your recipe calls for.

Let me offer a few suggestions you  might not have thought of....

By the way, did you know all of our Infused Olive Oils have a base of Mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil?  Did you know they have no artificial flavors, additives or preservatives?

Did you know our Aged Balsamic Vinegars are naturally flavored with no added sugars, preservatives or additives?  They have only 3 carbs per Tablespoon and 10 calories per Tablespoon.  This is very important for diabetics and carb watchers.

Anyway, I digress.  Back to suggestions for using just a few of our products in some of your family recipes.

Mushroom Sage Olive Oil .....For a different taste, use this Olive Oil instead of butter in mashed potatoes. Baste your Thanksgiving turkey with this Olive Oil instead of butter.  Saute the celery and onions for your dressing in this oil rather than in butter....yummy!

Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar ....Slice sweet potatoes into wedges, drizzle with this Balsamic and roast in the oven.

Roasted Walnut Oil ....Use this instead of the regular oil or butter you'd use when baking holiday breads or cookies.  Add chopped walnuts into the mix for an extra nutty flavor.

Cinnamon Pear Balsamic .....  If you're making fresh cranberry sauce this year, substitute this Balsamic Vinegar for the liquid you normally use.   The Balsamic Vinegar will get sweeter and thicker the longer you cook it over low heat as you cook the fresh cranberries.

Tuscan Herb Olive Oil......Sometimes you have just have a plain ole' piece of meat, like a breaded chicken breast or a hamburger patty, and you want to "dress it up" a bit.  Simply pour a Tablespoon of this Olive Oil into a saute pan and saute a mixture of bell pepper, onion,  garlic (and even mushrooms) over low/medium heat until the veggies are soft but not overcooked. Place a heaping spoonful over that plain piece of meat and see what a difference these flavors make.

Sesame Oil.....  We know Sesame Oil is delicious when used in cooking foods with an Asian flavor, but did you know that brushing a steak with it before grilling the steak will add a special something to the grilled meat?

Smoked Olive Oil......Perfect for vegans......This Olive Oil has been infused with a smokey flavor and it's great for when you want a meatless dish with the flavor of smoked ham hock or sausage.  Grits prepared with a drizzle of this oil are delicious.  A vegetarian vegetable dish, such as string beans, are especially tasty when drizzled with a bit of this oil before serving.  Brush it on meats when broiling them in the oven to get an outdoor grilled flavor. 

We have  many other food items in our store that make entertaining quick, simple and easy.  We can show you "The art of deception" when preparing foods for family and guests that will have them believing you've spent hours in the kitchen.  Only you and I will know the truth, and I'm not spilling the beans about how little time you've actually had to spend in the kitchen to get great results.

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