If you or any member of your family is prone to cardio vascular disease, you should make sure that you always have olive oil in your kitchen.
Olive oil, after all, is highly known as a healthy oil, among the many different kinds of oils available in the market. It is very rich in mono-unsaturated fat. In addition, olive oil also brings a lot of flavor into your food. A lot of Mediterranean dishes make use of olive oil.
It is useful to have two kinds of olive oil in your kitchen at all times. Extra virgin olive oil is for making salad dressings, as well as times when the oil does not have to undergo cooking. Extra virgin olive oil is the most expensive kind and it will be a waste to use it to cook. The process of cooking burns the olive oil particles and as a result, the food tastes off.
Another type of oil you should have in your kitchen is for sautéing and other cooking purposes. We suggest that you have light olive oil or pure olive oil on hand. Take note that when you say “light” it does not mean it is lighter in calories. It does not also possess fewer mono-unsaturated fats. “Light” means that it has less flavor and lighter in color.
Here is a recipe that will surely make you feel as if you’re out dining in your favorite restaurant. Get a piece of crusty loaf of bread and make a dipping sauce such as the one stated below. Dipping sauces can be made with just plain olive oil. You can also make a combination using cheese and herbs. However, we give you the recipe below to provide you with guidance if you are not that confident experimenting with the cheese and herbs.
Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Dipping Sauce
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 clove of garlic, minced
½ tsp dried Italian seasoning
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp pepper, freshly ground
¼ cup olive oil, the extra-virgin kind
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 16-ounce loaf of multi-grain bread, unsliced
1. In a shallow bowl, mix the first five ingredients together. Slowly pour the oil and vinegar so that it is evenly placed over the cheese mixture. Stir while drizzling.
2. Heat the bread in the oven 350 degrees. Make sure to place it on the lower oven rack. Heat it for 15 minutes or until the bread is thoroughly heated. Cut the bread into slices 1 inch thick. Dip the bread into the mixture.
The sauce is good for 6 servings.
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