Luckily for us our healthiest dietary fat is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Salad dressing and bread dipping of course, extra virgin olive oil is also a tasty and healthy way to sauté meats and vegetables. For any baking recipe that calls for "vegetable oil" you can substitute a mild extra virgin olive oil. In most cases, all or some of the butter in a baked good recipe can be replaced with extra virgin olive oil. You can even use extra virgin olive oil to replace some of the heavy cream to make an excellent ice cream! more...
Like olive oil, fine vinegars are not just for salads, though a vinaigrette is an excellent way to enjoy your balsamic or other vinegar. Vinegar's acidity will brighten stews, braised meats, and roasted vegetables. Vinegar's ability to draw flavors out of herbs and spices make it great for sauces and marinades. Sweet balsamic vinegars are good over fresh fruit or even ice cream when it's time for dessert. There are even drinking balsamics to enliven your sparkling water or prosecco! more...
From our best area chefs:
Love going to Extra Virgin an Olive Ovation. I want to have everything there in my pantry.
- Ben Poremba, Olio, Elaia
Marianne Prey is a wealth of knowledge. Every time I go in there, I learn something new about olive oil.
- Gerard Craft, Niche, Brasserie, Taste, Pastaria
I like Extra Virgin An Olive Ovation for imported mustards, vinegars and olive oils. Incorporating these ingredients into a dish can change it significantly. For instance, a Zinfandel vinegar over a dessert is divine, and mustard in a soup is quite amazing.
- Natasha Kwan, Frida's Deli