Saturday, November 21, 2015

Make this now...Herbed Olive Oil

And use it through the entire holiday! Even if you are not the family "cook" these are recipes that are simple and will wow the guests at your holiday gathering. 

When you're in the Italian restaurant and eat half of a loaf of bread, because of the delicious olive oil and herbs that you have been dipping it in, do you ever think that you should just make this at home?  You should.  

Make it now. 
Then enjoy it through the holiday weekend. 
If you make it now, you can let it sit overnight so that the flavors meld and deepen with time. 

5 phenomenal uses for herbed olive oil;

Use it as an alternative to butter for your holiday bread and rolls. 

Rub the outside of your turkey with it before roasting.  

Toss with pecans or walnuts and toast for savory spiced nuts.  

Toss with day old bread cubes and toast to make amazing croutons. 

Mix with balsamic or white wine vinegar for a savory vinegarette salad dressing. 

Plus, you get to show up with something unique and delicious for your holiday gathering! 

Enjoy! And let me know if you find other delicious uses for it!

Herbed Olive Oil
1.5 Cups Olive Oil
2Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary (1 T dried)
1 clove garlic minced or 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients into blender, pulse until combined.  (We use a small drink blender)
Add more/different seasoning as you wish. 
Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid. 
Do not refrigerate (the olive oil with solidify)
Let stand overnight. 
The herbs will settle to the bottom and it will become clearer.  However, feel free to  stir it up and let the spices disperse throughout.

To make Savory Herbed Nuts;
Put raw nuts in a pan over low heat.
Drizzle herbed olive oil over them until they are thinly coated. 
Continue to stir them often and they are "done" when they become fragrant.  

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