I guess you could say that I am to extra virgin olive oil, what Paula Deen is to butter… a FANATIC! Aside from cake, pickles, and Cheetos, just about anything can be made better with a little EVOO (Thanks for the annoyingly simple nickname Rachael Ray).
So you’re probably wondering, what makes olive oil so much better than butter, or any other type of oil? They all do the same thing don’t they?
In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, containing healthy fats, protecting against heart disease, and perhaps even helping to prevent colon cancer, olive oil can be easier to cook with! Because olive oil has a higher smoke point, it can be used with higher heat without burning. This results in a flavorful food that crisps without burning. To help you substitute olive oil in for butter, here’s a nifty conversion chart.
To get your started on your olive oil endeavors, I want to give you a few of my favorite recipes to try. Each one only contains two ingredients (one of which is… you guessed it… olive oil!). Doesn’t get much easier than that…
- Roasted Garlic
Cut the top off you bulb of garlic, exposing part of each clove. Place on a lightly oiled pan and drizzle the top with more oil, covering the bulb entirely. Cover with tin foil and back at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes. Scoop the cloves out and spread on just about anything (French bread is my favorite). Extra garlic should last about a week in the fridge.
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Lightly cover a baking sheet with olive oil, then toss you halved brussel sprouts in more olive oil. Sprinkle on a dash of salt and pepper if you wish and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. I urge any and all brussel sprout skeptics to try this recipe. It may just change your outlook on life (or at least vegetables).
- Sweet Potato Hash
See my earlier post for complete instructions. Just dice up sweet potato, coat in olive oil, and cook in a pan until browned and soft.
The list doesn’t end here people. Go out and experiment on your own! Let me know what works and what doesn’t. And as always, Enjoy!
*** BONUS ***
Some Grad school friends and I decided to make a BU COM parody of Rebecca Black’s Friday. You should probably check it out and laugh at my horrible dancing skills… Click here!