There are plenty of uses for infused olive oil besides the usual canned advice that you hear at the store. “Use it for a marinade on your steak or chicken” or “Make salad dressing” are heard over and over. Here is three other surprising uses for this wonderful ingredient.
- As a condiment
When thought of as a condiment, infused olive oil can change the way you eat. The oil goes great served over dishes and adds just the right amount of extra flavor.
- Try drizzling your oil over a delicious pizza or per slice prior to serving.
- Spread some oil over flatbreads or incorporate into the sandwiches of your choice.
- Serve it on the side with avocado toast, eggs, or even a bagel for a delicious breakfast
- Use it to flavor and garnish dishes
Often times a dish can be nearly perfect but require a little extra oomph to make it perfect. Many chefs and home cooks alike have found the usefulness and versatility that infused oils can have on a dish. Even classic pasta dishes can benefit from a pop of flavor. The best part is it can be increased or decreased for more or less flavor.
- Use it for desserts
Combined with balsamic vinegar, you can have a huge arsenal of delicious alternatives to your standard ultra sweet dessert that most restaurants serve. Some fruit infused flavoring in the oil can add a tangy and sweet flavor to creamy cheeses and more savory dessert dishes. The balsamic vinegar goes well at tempering the sweetness found in dense cakes and fruit dishes. Stir some into a fruit parfait for a savory and sweet surprise.
Think about using your ingredients in new and interesting ways to impress your friends at the next dinner party you host.
To learn more about infused olive oil, check out Texas Hill Country Olive Company.