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Ideas for Substituting Olive Oil for Other Fats

When it comes to cooking and baking, fats play a pivotal role in creating texture, flavor, and mouthfeel in your dishes. While fats like butter, lard, and vegetable oil have been traditional choices, many are turning to olive oil as a healthier and more flavorful alternative. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various fats you can substitute with olive oil, and how this versatile ingredient can enhance your culinary endeavors.

1. Butter: A Creamy Alternative

Butter is a beloved fat in cooking and baking, known for its rich, creamy flavor. However, if you’re looking to reduce saturated fat intake or create a dairy-free option, extra-virgin olive oil is an excellent substitute. To replace butter with olive oil, use a 3/4 cup of olive oil for every cup of butter in your recipe. Olive oil works particularly well in recipes like sautéed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and even baked goods.

2. Vegetable Oil: A Healthier Choice

Many recipes call for vegetable oil, but it’s often a blend of various oils, and the quality can vary. Extra-virgin olive oil, on the other hand, is a single-source, high-quality fat that brings a world of flavor to your dishes from fruity to more peppery, you’ll get a variety depending on the specific oil you choose. To substitute for vegetable oil, use an equal amount of olive oil. Whether you are frying, grilling, or making salad dressings, olive oil’s versatility shines through.

3. Lard: A Lighter Option

Lard is a popular choice in traditional cooking, especially for making flaky pie crusts and crispy fried foods. While olive oil may not replicate the exact flavor of lard, it offers a heart-healthy alternative. To substitute lard with olive oil, use a 1:1 ratio. The result will be a lighter, less greasy texture, perfect for creating delicious, healthier versions of your favorite recipes.

4. Margarine: A Trans-Fat-Free Choice

Margarine has been a common butter substitute due to its low saturated fat content. However, it often contains trans fats, which are less healthy. If you’re looking for a trans-fat-free alternative, extra-virgin olive oil is a great choice. You can use an equal amount of olive oil to replace margarine in recipes, whether you’re spreading it on toast or using it in baking.

5. Coconut Oil: A Plant-Based Option

Coconut oil is lauded for its unique flavor and versatility, particularly in vegan and gluten-free cooking. Extra-virgin olive oil offers an equally plant-based alternative with a distinct flavor profile. To replace coconut oil with olive oil, use a 1:1 ratio, but keep in mind that olive oil has a different flavor, so the resulting dish will have a different but equally fun twist.

6. Canola Oil: A Neutral Oil Alternative

Canola oil is known for its neutral taste, making it suitable for various recipes. If you’re seeking a healthier and more flavorful alternative, olive oil is a fantastic choice. You can substitute canola oil with an equal amount of olive oil in most recipes, enhancing the dish with a hint of fruitiness and complexity.

7. Shortening: A Healthier Alternative

Shortening is commonly used in baking and frying for its solid texture at room temperature. If you’re looking to reduce saturated fat, substitute shortening with olive oil using a 3/4 cup of olive oil for every cup of shortening in your recipe. Olive oil provides a heart-healthy option without sacrificing texture in your baked goods.

8. Ghee: A Clarified Butter Alternative

Ghee, or clarified butter, is popular in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Olive oil can be a suitable alternative when you’re looking for a dairy-free option or a healthier alternative. To substitute ghee with olive oil, use a 1:1 ratio. Olive oil adds a slightly different flavor profile, but it complements these cuisines beautifully.

Elevating Your Cooking with Olive Oil

Olive oil isn’t just a heart-healthy and versatile option; it’s a culinary superstar that can transform your dishes with its unique flavor and health benefits. Whether you’re sautéing, baking, or frying, the right substitution can elevate your cooking to new heights. Experiment with different types of extra-virgin olive oil, and don’t forget the infused varieties. Both will add depth and complexity to your recipes.

By understanding how to substitute olive oil for other fats, you can make your cooking healthier, more flavorful, and more diverse. Whether you’re aiming to reduce saturated fat intake, create dairy-free options, or you’re simply trying to experiment with new flavors, olive oil offers an excellent alternative. Enjoy your culinary adventures with the versatility and heart-healthy benefits of olive oil.

The History of Olive Oil

Olive oils and olives are a part of the cuisine in many homes and restaurants. For some, infusing olive oils into cooking and recipes is relatively new; other home chefs have been enjoying the delights of this ancient fruit for years.

Classified as a fruit, olives are composed of up to thirty percent oil. Its oil can vary in taste and color. Where the trees are grown, the process to extract the oil, and the ripeness of the olive are all factors in the resulting oils.

Origination of Olive Trees and Olive Oil

Findings from archeologists suggest that olive trees and olive oil may have existed as long ago as 5000 BCE. Pieces of pottery excavated in present day Israel contain evidence of olives and olive oil that supports the belief that olive oil may be up to 8,000 years old. The exact location of the first tree or grove of olive trees has not been discovered, but most scientists believe its origins are in the area of Syria, Israel, and/or sub-Saharan Africa.

Regardless of the location of the first tree, olive trees have been mentioned in literature from ancient texts and often throughout the Bible. As with its proliferation in writings from thousands of years ago, the trees themselves spread throughout the Mediterranean as trade flourished.

Records show that in ancient trading ports of 2000 BCE, olive oil was the most expensive oil traded and far more valuable than wine. Ancient Phoenicians continued spreading the propagation of olive trees with the growth of their trading routes. With the dramatic expansion of the Roman Empire, the cultivation and trade of olives, olive oil, and olive trees continued to spread.

Ancient Uses of Olive Oil

Due to its many uses, olive oil had tremendous value, which caused its rapid dissemination throughout the ancient trading pathways and the Roman Empire. Numerous rituals, civic and religious, included the use of olive oil. Kings, leaders, and warriors were anointed with olive oil to mark special occasions. Messiah means the anointed one. It was an essential part of daily life, used in cooking and providing fuel for lamps.

Many cultures refer to olives, olive oil, and olive branches. In the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, Noah receives an olive branch delivered by a dove. This was Noah’s notification that the flood was over, and he with other survivors could leave the ark. When the Jewish people had to flee from Egypt, only olive oil was permitted to light their Menorah. Today, olive oil remains the preferred method to light the candles.

Ancient Greeks believed olive oil was holy and used it in their sacred ceremonies. Preparation for burials included anointing the body of the deceased with olive oil. Ancient kings were anointed with olive oil in their coronation ceremonies. Many of the ancient religions believed that extra virgin olive oil was the only one worthy of offering to the gods. Religions of today continue to use olive oil in the anointing and consecration ceremonies.

Not only was olive oil used in burials, but olive twigs were also part of the ancient Spartan ritual. Branches created a protective foundation for the soul of the deceased. Attendees to the funeral wore crowns made from olive branches as a safeguard against evil spirits.
Ancient medical practitioners, including Hippocrates, treated over sixty known maladies with olive oil. Galen, a doctor from ancient Rome, used olive oil in his formation of cold cream. Conditions from infections to burns to sore throats were all healed with olive oil. Some people today believe that drinking olive oil each day maintains a healthy body.

Olive Oil’s Rise in Popularity and Use

Rising cholesterol levels and their corresponding medical issues in the 1980s caused concerns in the medical community. Research into contributing factors included the connection between trans fats and heart disease. These fatty acids now require labeling and in some areas are banned. Not only do trans fats increase the bad cholesterol, but they lower the good cholesterol levels in those who consume them.

Additional research from the medical community demonstrated the positive impact of a Mediterranean or Tuscan diet. Eliminating the use of killer fats with the healthier fats of olive oil was one key factor in suggested diet changes for many Americans. Medical experts touted olive oil’s role in controlling cholesterol. Data supports olive oil’s health benefits in lowering risks for heart disease, diabetes, and inflammation.

Olive Oil Production

It can be confusing to know which olive oil does what and when to use each grade. Processed without heat in the traditional method and creating a deeper flavor is cold-pressed olive oil. First cold pressed oils are more expensive, of higher quality, and healthier. It’s these oils that receive the Extra Virgin Olive Oil designation.

EVOO or Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the healthiest olive oil with vitamin E, polyphenols, and antioxidants. It is processed without any chemicals and will contain less than 0.8 percent free fatty acids. Between brands and manufacturers, the aroma, flavor, and color of the oil can and do vary. EVOO is the tastiest olive oil and makes a wonderful addition to many recipes.

Virgin Olive Oil is still a tasty olive oil with a slightly more elevated level of acidity. Sautéing and other low heat food preparation can be good uses of virgin olive oil. Virgin olive oil has a milder taste than EVOO, so it works well in recipes that the taste of the oil is not the star. Its free fatty acid levels will be less than 2.0 percent.

Refined Olive Oil has been processed through more steps than EVOO. This oil can cook foods at a high temperature, which is what refined olive oil is most useful for.

Pure Olive Oil is a blended oil created by combining extra virgin or virgin oil and refined oils. Used for cooking, massages, or skin treatments makes the best use of its qualities.

About Our Olive Oil

Here at D’Olivo Tasting Bar, we pride ourselves on only selling the highest quality of olive oil to our customers. While we’re thrilled that olive oil consumption continues to increase, we are concerned about the misleading labeling. Be sure you’re getting the most out of cooking with olive oil by purchasing the best quality products.

Visit our store in person or online, D’Olivo Tasting Bar. You will see and taste the difference between our line of olive oil and others.

Fun Ways to Cook With Olive Oil in 2023

Olive oil is a heart-healthy addition to anyone’s diet. So, most of us have a bottle or two in our pantries. Sometimes when we know a food is good for us, it doesn’t seem like it can be fun as well. Let’s change that and explore ways to have fun cooking with olive oil in 2023.

Hitting the Boards

From charcuterie boards to butter boards, olive oil has a starring role in all types of boards. For your charcuterie board, drizzle olive oil over hard cheeses. Add some freshly ground pepper to enhance the taste. Heighten the flavor intensity of fresh and soft cheeses with a delicate stream of olive oil with a pinch of sea salt.

Butter boards are not complete without a roasted head of garlic or two. Using olive oil is a great to create a rich depth of garlic flavor. Add the jam-like garlic to your butter board.
Don’t put the olive oil or your boards away, yet! To create your potato board, you will need to use your favorite olive oil to create delectable crispy potato wedges. Use different types of potatoes as the base for your potato board. Add dipping sauces of aioli and herb-infused olive oils to create a fun tasty treat.

Maybe an olive oil board is the next appetizer sensation?!

Elevating your Snacks

Movies and popcorn are a great way to spend time with family and friends. Why not use olive oil instead of less healthy oil to pop your corn? No need to melt and pour butter over your hot just popped corn, drizzle some oil and sea salt to create an easy, fun, and affordable snack. Freshly ground pepper can really bring out the depth of flavor from the olive oil.

Another snack classic whose flavors can be elevated by cooking with your favorite olive oil are chicken wings. Mix your wings in olive oil before putting them in the oven. Turn a couple of times, so the wings are crispy on both sides. Then mix hot sauce and olive oil, baste frequently. Use the rest of the sauce for tangy dipping.

Don’t Forget your Air Fryer

A fabulous addition to many kitchens is the versatile air fryer. A great way to make almost anything and make it healthier is mixing your ingredients in olive oil before adding them to the air fryer. Extra light olive oil has a high smoking point, so it is a terrific oil to use with your air fryer. From steaks to veggie chips to shrimp for tacos, all your air fried food flavors will be intensified when you use any one of your favorite oils.

Time for Dessert

Yes, even cakes, cupcakes, and cookies can be more fun if you upgrade from regular oil or butter to heathier and more tasty olive oil. When substituting butter with olive oil, you usually do not need a one-to-one ratio. Instead try .75 olive oil to 1.0 of the butter requirements. Your cakes will be moist and crumbly. Don’t forget how tasty the combination of dark chocolate, sea salt, and olive oil is, which is a great topping for your olive oil infused cake!

Enjoy experimenting and cooking with olive oil in 2023. There’s a seemingly endless combination of flavors to explore!

Tips and Tricks for Cooking with Olive Oil

With the end of October in site, that means the holiday months are nearly here. With this season of thankfulness and cheer is also accompanied by lots of time in the kitchen. Whether you’re hosting family for Thanksgiving or gearing up for all those holiday office parties, food is most likely on the brain.

We hope that like us, this idea of extra time in the kitchen for cooking and baking brings a sense of true joy. Our team at D’Olivo loves preparing delicious food for those we love to enjoy. As we look forward to lots of that in the weeks ahead we’re sharing our top tips and tricks for cooking with the always popular olive oil.

Remember Olive Oil Can Be Used with High Heat

One of the points that olive oil opponents often use in arguments for why you shouldn’t use olive oil as a fat alternative in cooking is that it cannot be used at high heats. However, if you’re using a high-quality extra virgin olive oil this simply isn’t true. In fact, high-quality olive oils have an extremely high smoke point making them safe for use, even in high heat situations.

So, if you’ve got a turkey you want to fry or another high-temperature recipe don’t be afraid to purchase a high-quality olive oil and use it as a healthy alternative for your holiday recipe.

Olive Oil Makes A Great Butter Substitute

While we love to cook and bake, we also recognize that this time of year can bring lots of anxiety as we look to stay healthy while still enjoying baked goods. This is where olive oil can play a role, as it makes a great substitute for butter and other fats in many recipes. As you get ready to make your next pie crust, cookies, or other delicious treat upgrade the ingredients and try a high-quality olive oil.

Not only will you save on calories, but the health benefits of olive oil will give it an extra boost. The ideal ratio for butter substitutions is below:

1 teaspoon = ¾ teaspoon
1 tablespoon = 2 ¼ teaspoons
2 tablespoons = 1 ½ tablespoons
½ cup = 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup = ¼ cup
½ cup = ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup = ½ cup
¾ cup = ½ cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup = ¾ cup

When substituting olive oil for canola, vegetable, or another oil simply use a 1:1 ratio.

*Pro tip – try our butter flavored olive oil to keep that rich, buttery flavor alive in the dish.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative

Our team at D’Olivo always tries to encourage this point for every customer who steps through the door to taste through our selection. Olive oil, especially our flavored varieties, offer a world of opportunity for enhancing and changing up even your most standard of dishes. Especially if paired with our selection of delicious balsamic vinegars.

If you’ve got a turkey to cook, try basting it with our rosemary, garlic, or mushroom sage olive oils. Preparing to make a side salad? Whip up a dressing using your favorite balsamic vinegar paired with olive oil. If you want to make the prime rib pop for guests, marinate it ahead of time with our Tuscan herb olive oil and neapolitan herb dark balsamic vinegar.

Don’t Forget Cocktail Hour

While not the first thing you might think of when it comes to balsamic vinegars, they make a great, low calorie addition for many of the cocktails that you might be planning to enjoy this holiday season. Check out a few of our favorite recipes below.

Hot Toddy – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/hot-toddy/
Orange-Umeboshi Mimosa – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/orange-umeboshi-mimosa/
Lemongrass-Mint Mojito – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/lemongrass-mint-mojito/
Elderflower Champagne Cocktail – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/elderflower-champagne-cocktail/
Tropical Shrub (non-alcoholic) – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/tropical-shrub/

As you jump into the season, remember most importantly to enjoy the experience and if you need any help, visit our website for plenty of inspiration and suggestions – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipe/

Our Favorite Fall Recipes

The fall season is one of our favorites around here. There’s something magical about the cool, crisp mornings followed by warm afternoons that inspires us in the kitchen. We love watching the colors change on the trees knowing that the holiday season is just around the corner.

As we welcome in fall this year, we’re sharing our favorite fall recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy them too.

1. Bruschetta

Everyone loves a good appetizer. Whether you’re cooking for a small group of close friends or planning to entertain at a large gathering, bruschetta is going to be a hit. We love a traditional Italian style bruschetta that features ripe Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and of course olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Check out our go-to recipe here.

https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/bruschetta/

2. Roasted Acorn Squash

Squash takes center stage in the fall from butternut to acorn to spaghetti there are tons of recipes out there featuring these tasty options. One of our personal favorite sides for any meal is roasted acorn squash. All you need is a little of your favorite olive oil to drizzle on top and you can have an easy and delicious meal ready in no time.

This dish is also a great one to experiment with different olive oils to find the one you like best. We recommend any of our ultra-premium olive oils as well as garlic and rosemary.

Find the recipe here – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/roasted-acorn-squash/

3. Corn Bisque with Crispy Fried Shallots

There’s nothing better in the fall months than a good soup or a hearty, warm chowder. There are dozens of options to choose from and any of them will be great in a pinch. One of our personal favorites features another fall classic – corn.

This corn bisque is delicious and the best news is, that it’s best when made in a pressure cooker. That means you can have a piping hot meal in a short amount of time. What’s not to love about that? Grab the full recipe here – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/corn-bisque-with-crispy-fried-shallots-evoo/

4. Bacon Cheddar Quiche

Breakfast is a meal that we can’t forget to mention, and one of the best ways to start a day in the fall is with quiche. Not only will it help ensure you start the day with a full stomach, but your house is going to smell delicious for the whole day. Bonus that leftover quiche (if you’re lucky enough to have some) is an easy dish to re-heat throughout the week while maintaining its flavor.

There are lots of ways to make an excellent quiche, but if you’re looking for a new recipe that will become a favorite then give this one a try – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/bacon-cheddar-spinach-quiche/

5. Cauliflower Stir Fry w/Peanuts

If you’re like us then in the summer we try to avoid cooking indoors to help fight the heat. That means when fall hits we’re ready to fire up the stove top and oven again and that means a good stir-fry is once again in season. One of our favorite parts of a stir fry is that it truly can be a last-minute throw together using whatever vegetables and meat that you happen to have on hand.

While any stir fry is a great option, we can’t help but rave about this vegetarian version featuring cauliflower, peanuts, UP extra virgin olive oil, chili sauce and more.

https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/cauliflower-stir-fry-w-peanuts/

6. Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

We’re rounding out our fall list with a delicious dessert that’s the perfect combination of fall flavors. Cranberry (of course) and orange are two flavors that always pair well together, but they really highlight the fall and winter seasons for us.

Baking is the perfect weekend project so be sure to grab these ingredients and whip this up sometime soon. https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/cranberry-orange-olive-oil-bundt-cake/

Top Reasons to Buy High Quality Olive Oil

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in the grocery store, looking at the shelves jammed full of olive oil, wondering “what’s the big deal?” We get it – with the hectic pace of life today it can be really tempting to just grab the nearest bottle of olive oil from whatever store you’re in and take it home to cook dinner that night.

But wait, don’t fall into that trap. While buying olive oil from the store isn’t bad, there are a lot of benefits that come when you simply upgrade your oil. We broke down the top reasons to buy high quality olive oil so check them out below.

1. Increased Health Benefits

When you purchase a high-quality olive oil, you’re pretty much guaranteed that it will be extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oils are made from the first cold pressing of the olive fruit. This method of extraction doesn’t use any heat or chemicals to remove the oils which means that all of the nutritional health benefits of the oil remain intact and transfer to the oil itself.

Wondering exactly what kind of health benefits you get from olive oil? They contain a high number of healthy fats, they are high in antioxidants, they’ve been linked to diabetes prevention and they can help lower blood pressure.

2. You Know Where Your Olive Oil Came From

With the rise in the popularity of olive oil over the last few decades, there came an increase in the presence of fake olive oils on the market. In fact, the market became over run with oils that were only partially comprised of true olive oil and were mixed and “watered down” with other, less healthy oils like vegetable and corn oils. In truth it became difficult for the reputable providers of olive oil to maintain high standards for the industry.

Today if you’re buying a high-quality extra virgin olive oil the label should tell you all that you need to know about your oil. It should include appellation telling you where the oil was produced, it will include a bottling and expiration date as well.

If you’re lucky enough to find a specialty retailer for olive oils then that’s the best way to ensure a fresh product. At D’Olivo we source our oils from Veronica Foods, an extremely reputable wholesaler, who adheres to the strictest standards for quality ensuring all our oils bear the designation of Ultra-Premium.

3. Before Purchase Your Oil Will Be Properly Cared For

If you’re purchasing a high-quality olive oil, then the most likely place to find these is from a small specialty retailer of olive oils. These retailers are extremely knowledgeable about olive oil and take care of the oils in an extremely methodical fashion.

As a fresh product, olive oil can easily be damaged by exposure to heat and light which most often occurs if it is stored improperly. At D’Olivo all of our oils are stored in large, stainless-steal fusti to ensure the oils are not exposed to heat or light while on the shelves. Oils are then transferred to dark glass bottles to ensure they’re protected while waiting for customers to pick them up. Some oils may even be bottled fresh out the fusti to ensure the freshest product.

In addition, as a specialty retailer olive oil is our business which means products move more quickly off the shelves. You’ll never run into an issue where a bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar has been on the shelf for very long.

While olive oil can be stored for a period of time, it’s recommended that all olive oils be used up within 24 months if sealed, and if opened that they be used more quickly to avoid having your oil go bad.

Wondering how to choose a high-quality olive oil? Check out our blog here https://dolivotastingbar.com/how-to-choose-a-high-quality-olive-oil/

Olive Oil Recipes for Springtime

No matter what time of year it is, if you’re cooking for a family, it can be easy to fall into a rut with recipes. Even if you love to experiment, falling back on the same old meals every week is easy. Especially if your life is otherwise very busy – and let’s face it most people these days are busy.

The seasons are changing once again, and we’re excited to welcome the first hints of spring. With the changing weather it can also be a great time to shake up your kitchen and start trying out new recipes.

Below are some great spring inspired dishes to get those wheels in your brain churning. Give any of these a try or visit our complete recipe page for more options – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipe/

Lemon & Rosemary Grilled Halibut

Fish can be a great meal any time of the year, but springtime makes us think of lighter dishes, and this tasty halibut hits just the right notes for us. It utilizes our champagne balsamic vinegar which is complimented by the olive oil, rosemary and lemon.

This dish is also going to make you look like a real chef in the kitchen so break it out for a date night or any time you want to really set the bar high for guests. They won’t be disappointed.

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a staple in our house and making it from scratch is the best way to upgrade the meal and make sure you’re putting only the best ingredients into your body. It doesn’t have to be difficult either. Start with a premade dough (or make your own) or if you’re going super healthy try out a cauliflower pizza crust.

Add pizza sauce of your choosing, add your favorite toppings and voila dinner is ready in no time. It’s also a great activity to let kids help with and get them excited about dinner. One of our favorite toppings for any pizza is our stuffed gordal olives. We’ve got a variety to choose from and they’ll all taste fantastic on a pizza, but try the garlic stuffed olives to start.

Dressings

There’s something about springtime that makes us excited to dive into our favorite salads. There are always unique and exciting ways to make a salad shine and adding a homemade dressing is one of the easiest.

Heavier dressings can be enjoyable at times, but spring makes us think light so we’d suggest drizzling your salads with any combination of our olive oils and/or balsamic vinegars. Fan favorite choices include raspberry, strawberry, and black currant vinegars.

If you’re looking for a specific recipe to try out then try this green goddess dressing from our friends at Veronica Foods. It stays good in the fridge for up to a week if stored properly.

Spring Trifle

The name says it all, and our list of recipes wouldn’t be complete without a tasty treat to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Featuring lemon pound cake, lemon curd, chantilly cream, and berries this happy dessert covers all the bases. It’s easy to make and delicious too so be sure to add this to your springtime baking list.

Grilling with Olive Oil

While the official start of summer isn’t until June 20, for many of us Memorial Day weekend is a common indicator that summer is in full swing. The weather is warm and the sunshine is bright which means our minds have shifted to outdoor cooking.

One of our favorite things to enjoy this time of year is grilling and so we thought we’d highlight how to use our wide selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars on the grill by answering questions, offering tips and tricks, and highlighting our favorite recipes.

Is It Safe to Grill with Olive Oil?

It is absolutely safe to grill with ultra-premium olive oils from D’Olivo. Just as it is with any other oils you might be considering. Olive oils have an extremely high smoke point which means that they can be heated to extremely high temperatures before beginning to smoke. As we’ve highlighted before, olive oil is actually a perfect oil for cooking at high temperatures because it maintains all of its health benefits, even when heated.

Tips and Tricks for Grilling

Marinate Before Grilling – one of the best ways to actually use olive oil on the grill is to marinate your vegetables and meats in olive oil before tossing them on the grill. There are hundreds of delicious combinations that you can make from our selection of UP olive oils and balsamic vinegars and any of them will be the perfect addition to your summer recipe lineup.

Use a Spray Bottle – another great way to make use of our oils and vinegars is by adding them to a spray bottle before you start grilling. Rather than drizzle oil directly onto the flames or coals of the grill, try misting them several times while cooking them on the grill. One benefit is that this method with help you get an awesome glaze on your meats.

Coat Them and Wrap in Foil – if you’re not a fan of marinating or misting your grilled items, then we’d suggest placing everything onto a piece of aluminum foil, drizzling the olive oil over the top and wrapping the aluminum foil up and tossing the entire thing onto the grill. This technique won’t work well for meats, but it’s a great solution for vegetables.

Finishing Sauce – If none of these options works for your style of cooking then you can also finish your grilled meats and vegetables off by drizzling your favorite combination of oil and vinegar over the top after they come off the grill and before you place them on the table for guests to enjoy.

Great Grill Recipes

Now you’re ready for the BBQ, but you’re lacking inspiration on what to cook? Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered.

Skewers/Kabobs – Meat and vegetables skewers or kabobs are a perfect dish for the grill and extremely popular during the hot summer months. You can easily marinate the vegetables and meat ahead of time to ensure the flavors really soak in. Pair any of your favorite D’Olivo combinations or try these Chicken Kabobs or Walnut Pesto Shrimp Skewers.

Meat – This is probably the most commonly grilled item in most backyards and can be a simple option to make last minute using whatever you’ve got in the fridge. However, just because it’s easy doesn’t mean the flavors won’t still wow your friends and family. If you’re more of a planner try out this Grilled Halibut or this Pomegranate Balsamic Ribeye.

Pizza – grilling pizza isn’t anything new, but if you’ve never tried it then we highly recommend breaking away from the oven inside and opting to give this Grilled Pizza a try.

Fajitas – another typically indoor based meal is fajitas, but honestly, adding that fresh grill flavor to the meat and vegetables is going to take the dish to the next level. Try this recipe for Steak Fajitas if you don’t believe us.

Vegetables – Take your favorite combinations of vegetables and toss them onto the grill. Either drizzle them in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and place onto aluminum foil or marinate them ahead of time and toss directly onto the grill. Either way they’re going to be delicious.

Conclusion

Get out and enjoy this time of year by experimenting with lots of different flavors and recipes on the grill. If you need help picking out the perfect combinations of olive oils and vinegars stop into our downtown store and let our expert staff members walk you through a full tasting.

We’re open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Olive Oil Recipes for Warm Weather

Spring has officially sprung and as the days get longer and the warm, sunny days become more regular, we can’t help but dream of all the beautiful summer days that lie ahead. While we believe that olive oil makes the perfect addition to any dish all year long, there’s something special about cooking with it during the warm months ahead.

To help you get inspired for the summer meals you’ve got ahead we decided to highlight some of our favorite ways to use our oils and vinegars during the warm months of the year.

French Fries

A classic side dish that everyone loves are usually best paired with hamburgers, but we think they can be a great addition to any outdoor meal. Typical deep fried in a vegetable or canola oil, you can also fry these in a high quality olive oil instead. After they’re fried we recommend using some of our truffle salt to create your own truffle fries. Trust us – they’ll be a hit!

Hummus

This classic Mediterranean dish makes a wonderful appetizer. Pair it with fresh vegetables or slightly toasted pita bread. While most hummus recipes call for regular olive oil, we’d recommend adding a little flair by using one of our flavored varieties. If you’re in search of a great hummus recipe give this one featuring our Herbes de Provence olive oil a try.

Ramen Noodle Salad

Summer and salads go hand in hand. While you can take any salad and drizzle it with olive oil and balsamic to create an explosion of flavor in your mouth, we highly recommend mixing up your go-to salads with this ramen noodle version. It’s light enough for warm afternoons and evenings. Find the recipe here.

Radish Salad

We’ll continue the salad theme and encourage you to try a salad that really highlights one of our favorite vegetables – the radish. Take 2 cups of radishes (sliced), red onion (sliced), one cucumber and combine in a bowl with ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon white sugar and enjoy.

Kebabs

There are dozens of ways you can make the perfect kebab – from vegetable only options to those that feature steak and chicken you can’t go wrong. Marinate the meat and vegetables using any pairing of our olive oil and vinegars, toss them on the grill and serve them up.

Spaghetti

Spaghetti is always a crowd pleaser and if you’re looking for an option that might not feel as heavy as a traditional sauce, we recommend topping yours with some olive oil. Add in some sliced cherry tomatoes, basil, and walnuts for crunch to make it a gourmet dish.

Granola

Yogurt paired with fresh fruit and granola is a delicious way to start out any summer day. If you want a truly healthy option try making your own granola by using some of our favorite olive oils. First up you can try this Golden Amaretto Granola or go the fruitier route with this Mandarin Fused Olive Oil Granola.

Fondue

Dessert is always a great option and choosing a chocolate fondue allows you to showcase any of your favorite summer fruits. At your next summer gathering try using this blood orange dark chocolate fondue recipe for your family and friends.

Conclusion

No matter what your plans are this spring and summer we hope you’ll be inspired to get in the kitchen and start cooking. At D’Olivo we have over 30 olive oils to choose from and each of them pairs beautifully with our selection of high-quality balsamic vinegars.

Stop in to see us at 10 E Main Street in Walla Walla to experience a complete olive oil tasting. We’re open Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 6 PM, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 6:30 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

How To Use Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is fast approaching (I know we can’t believe it either) and while this year is likely to look much different for many families, there’s no reason why your menu can’t still be absolutely top notch.

While Thanksgiving brings with it lots of traditional recipes from generations past, we always recommend getting a little creative with your dishes. Here are some great ways that you can add in high quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars that will definitely impress family and friends.

Start with the Appetizers

If you’re the type of host that likes to extend the meal by offering appetizers before the meal that can be a great opportunity to utilize your favorite oil or vinegar. From crostini to caprese salads there are lots of delicious options.

Use It on the Turkey

I’m sure everyone has heard that age old saying “but turkey is so dry.” Well not to fear, you can work to eliminate this by basting, rubbing, or even injecting delicious sauces onto the turkey throughout the cooking process. While most people might think to use butter, substituting with a high quality extra virgin olive oil is a healthier (and tastier) alternative. You can use a traditional olive oil or select from a number of fused or infused oils instead. We suggest trying our butter, rosemary, or lemon olive oils for you to try out this holiday season. Shop for our oils here.

Spice Up the Cranberry Sauce

Using a balsamic vinegar in your cranberry sauce can provide a nice balance to the tartness of the berries. For this type of use we definitely suggest a white balsamic vinegar as the darker balsamic will add a different color to the beautiful, bright sauce you’re working to create.

Drizzle it on the Veggies

Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar make a great addition to roasted and grilled vegetables at any time of the year, and Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to showcase any of your favorite recipes. From green beans to brussels sprouts you can definitely add a little extra something special to the holiday table. Looking for some inspiration? Try out these sautéed green beans  or these caramelized brussels sprouts.

Make a Salad

This might seem like the most basic of all ways to incorporate olive oil or balsamic vinegar, but that doesn’t mean your salad will be boring. There are hundreds of delicious combinations that you can use to create a salad dressing that your guests will be raving about. Try out this wedge salad for a spin on a traditional favorite or this squash and corn salad for something a little bit different for your table. You can also create your own dressing or vinaigrette from scratch by pairing together any oil and vinegar from our vast selection.

Don’t Forget Dessert

Olive oil can be a great substitute in baking of any kind, and it’s an exact one-to-one swap for other oils like canola or vegetable. You can also swap it out for butter in a ratio of three parts olive oil to four parts butter.

Using olive oil, especially a high quality one will add a richness to the flavor and olive oil comes with a lot of great health benefits too. While pumpkin pie is likely to hit the table at some point, offer your family a different option with this tasty tiramisu.

Cocktails for the win

A surprising and often overlooked use for balsamic vinegars can be during cocktail hour. You might not think of it often, but balsamic vinegar can be a great natural sweetener for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages alike. For a homemade take on seltzer water, simply pour the seltzer water over ice and stir in your favorite white balsamic vinegar. For a non-alcoholic recipe try this blueberry lemon-thyme shrub or for those guests who are old enough, you can serve this elderflower champagne.

Our entire staff at D’Olivo are experts at pairing together our oils and vinegars and we love to offer suggestion for recipes. If you’re looking for ideas stop in for a tasting and to browse our selection. We’d love to help you get exactly what you need for your upcoming holiday dinner. We’re open Monday-Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.