Think quality olive oil is just for salad dressing or pasta? Think again. Extra virgin olive oil can replace other oils in a variety of recipes, including deep frying and baking. Fruit- or herb-flavored olive oils multiply the possibilities.
Here are some simple serving suggestions from local oil vendors:
Mix orange-flavored oil with a dollop of honey to spread on toast or an English muffin.
Drizzle your favorite olive oil over hummus and sprinkle with fresh or dried herbs.
Toast rustic bread. Drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Replace butter with olive oil on sautéed vegetables or baked potatoes.
Use olive oil (regular or lemon) in place of mayonnaise in tuna salad.
Add lime-flavored oil and salt to corn on the cob.
Warm lemon-flavored oil as a dip for artichokes or drizzle it on grilled asparagus or fish.
When baking brownies, use orange flavored olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
Drizzle orange- or lemon-flavored oil over cheesecake, pound cake or short bread.
Basil-flavored oil moistens brownies or chocolate cake when drizzled on top.
Olive oil makes a great ice cream or gelato. Look for recipes to make at home.