How to add flavor to your food without the Hassle!
I was walking around the mall the other day and I alway like to stop by this Olive Oil and vinegar place called 41 Olive. Â They have a nice array of different vinegars and flavored olive oils to choose from. Â And best of all, they have a bunch of bread that you can use to dip in whatever oil or vinegar you like to taste.
So they had and interesting taste offering POPCORN!!! It was a regular popped popcorn with with amazing butter flavor. Â I thought that they had put butter on the popcorn, but come to find, they now have a butter flavored olive oil that’s all natural and ORGANIC!!!! Â Now, I don’t own a microwave because I just don’t like them, so I make my popcorn the old fashioned way, in a big pot! Â And no matter how much butter I add, I never get that nice butter flavor, and I would hate to use those artificially flavored seasonings to put on the popcorn. Â So when I tasted the popcorn at 41 Olive I was so excited to actually taste the butter flavor.
Another bottle I picked up was the wild mushroom and sage infused olive oil. Â I love mushrooms and I love sage, so how could I possibly go wrong with that. I actually used it today on a quick recipe. Â I boiled some plain bowtie paste, I preheated another pan and added a few tablespoons of the flavored olive oil and some sliced onions and sliced mushrooms, and sauteed them for about 4 minutes. Â I added the pasta to the saute pan, a little bit of salt, a few tablespoons of half and half or heavy cream, and finally some black pepper. Â The flavor was fantastic! You could actually smell and taste the mushrooms and sage. Â Another nice touch to this dish would e to add some toasted pine nuts. Â This dish took 5 minutes to make and it was full of flavor because of the amazing olive oil.
So here’s a tip, the next time you want to add quick simple flavor to a dish, try using a flavored olive oil. Â Oh and the different vinegars are great to salads or vegetables. Â These oils and vinegars also make great gifts, they’re my go to place when I don’t know what to buy someone.