Thursday

HERB INFUSED OLIVE OIL DIPPING SAUCE | RECIPE

This summer Landon and I are spending a lot of time together in the kitchen. We watch a lot of cooking shows together and I think they are rubbing off on him. One of our favorites is "Master Chef Juniors". Those kids are his age or younger, and very inspiring. If they can cook, why can't he? Sharp knives still make me nervous.

He got this map of the world on the last day of school. I guess his teacher wanted everything GONE. In an attempt have some sort of continuing education this summer I suggested we learn about what people in different countries eat. We can mark them off one by one on the map. Cooking was already an interest and I am happy because we are learning about different cultures and countries too.

I thought we would start off with something easy. I don't call myself an expert with European and Italian food, but I know how to whip up a good spaghetti!

 

There are quite a few pantry staples needed for Italian cuisine. One of which is OLIVE OIL. Look at all the recipes that require olive oil


I've learned a few things about what to look for when I'm out shopping for my EVOO. Did you know that different European countries produce different types of oils? Me either! If I want a fruity-nutty flavor look for a Spanish olive oil with a yellow color. Italian olive oil is a darker green and has more of an herb flavor. I had no idea about any of this. I just assumed oil is oil. They are all the same. 

When you choose a European Olive Oil you are getting years and years of tradition and knowledge. They know the best time to plant and to harvest.


The Flavor Your Life campaign has set out to help educate US consumers on purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They are backed by the European Union and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. You can learn more about this at flavor-your-life.com

For our first European cooking lesson we made a delicious herb bread dip to go with our stuffed shells and cheese. One of my favorite things at Italian restaurants are the dishes of olive oil accompanied by a basket of bread. Get in my belly! And yes, I realize by having Landon help make this I cheated him on the practicing his knife skills. We will get there eventually y'all.



| INGREDIENTS | 

1 cup olive oil
3 tbsp fresh or dried herbs (any combination of basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme)
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh garlic

Combine all ingredients and serve with an artisan bread of choice.

We used Zucchi brand as our EVOO of choice. They have been around for over 200 years and have been family owned for 7 generations. They are known for their high quality. I have to agree. It is delicious. You can learn more about their company and products at www.zucchi.com/US.

 

What is your favorite dish to make with Olive Oil? Are you a fan as much as I am? 


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1 comment:

  1. I love EVOO for dipping and for cooking. It totally changes the taste when added to a sauce. I also love that it's good for you! EVOO for the win.

    Great post by the way! Loved the pictures and the adventure with your son. Looking forward to more adventures! Reia from www.southcountrysides.blogspot.com

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