Olive oil, which is made from the fruit of olive trees, has been produced and enjoyed for thousands of years.
Its intense flavour and aroma are a wonderful enhancement to many foods. There are many simple ways that you can use olive oil in your everyday cooking.
Combining olive oil and butter when cooking eggs can help bring out some delicious supporting flavours. Poaching eggs with olive oil is also such a breeze, and after using the oil, you can strain it and keep it for future use.
Drizzle on your sandwich
Adding a few drops of olive oil to slices of bread is a tasty and healthy alternative to using condiments such as mayonnaise, which are rich in saturated fat. I especially like a sandwich with feta, tomato, and a few olive slices.
Olive oil lends an incredible texture and flavour to waffles that are hard to beat. You can also pair it with a decadent jam or syrup for a delectable treat. Olive oil can be used within the recipe to make the ensure that the waffle does not stick to the pan. Make sure the batter cooks thoroughly, is slightly golden and develops a crust before removing it. This prevents the waffle from crumbling.
Substitute for butter in mashed potatoes.
For a slightly different taste, the next time you whip up some home-made mashed potatoes, replace that slab of butter with a drizzle of olive oil. You will be rewarded with delicious, creamy potatoes infused with the subtle flavour of olive oil.
Use in salad dressing
Olive oil, combined with vinegar, can also be used as a salad dressing. For the best taste and results, use high-quality extra-virgin olive oil. You can also get creative with different herbs and spices for added flavour. This approach to salads are an easy and healthy way to dress it up.