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Sunday Snack: Smoke Bacon Cajun Steak Rub

Posted Sunday Jun 08, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Smoked Bacon Cajun Sea Salt


Summer grilling season is finally in full swing!

 

Here’s a quick trick for the next time you fire up the grill. Use our Smoked Bacon Cajun Sea Salt as a rub to add a smoky flavor to your favorite cuts of steak. 

 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Smoked Bacon Cajun Sea Salt


Smoked Bacon Cajun is one of our most popular sea salts - and for a great reason! This natural sea salt is smoked over Alderwood with natural bacon flavor, paprika, chopped onion, garlic, and a touch of sugar. A perfect blend of spicy and smoky, this sea salt will become a staple of your grilling season!

 

The process: In a mixing bowl, coat the steak with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Rub steaks with sea salt, covering evenly. Prepare on grill. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Smoked Bacon Cajun Sea Salt

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Smoked Bacon Cajun Sea Salt

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Smoked Bacon Cajun Sea Salt

Sunday Snack: Caprese Quinoa Salad

Posted Sunday Jun 01, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

 

Looking for a recipe that's simple and perfect for summer? Try this recipe for Caprese Quinoa Salad.

We've adapted the classic Italian Caprese salad by combining it with the supergrain quinoa, sneaking in some nutritious proteins, antioxidants, and other health benefits into an already delicious dish. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

The process is simple. Just combine cooled quinoa with diced mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil then add our Traditional 18-Year Balsamic Vinegar and your favorite olive oil. In this particular recipe, we used our Milanese Gremolata - infused with lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and mint - giving the dish an added subtle hint of citrus and garlic flavors.

Perfect for a summer barbeque or as a light lunch, this refreshing summer salad will become one of your new favorites! 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad 

Ingredients:

1 Cup quinoa, cooked & cooled

1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced

1 cup grape tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup fresh basil

1/4 Cup Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Traditional 18-Year Balsamic Vinegar

3 Tbsp. Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Milanese Gremolata 

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Process:

1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

2. Cover, refrigerate and serve cool. 

Sunday Snack: Our Top 5 Summer Salad Dressing Picks

Posted Monday May 26, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Summer's here and so is the season of light, refreshing salads! One of the most common questions we're asked at our shops is what flavors pair well for a salad dressings. Welcoming summer, we put a summer spin on this question! Here are our top five favorite salad dressings for the summer season. Enjoy!

Saratoga Olive Oil Co.


1. Basil Olive Oil & StrawberryBalsamic: herbaceous, green flavor meets the sweet, fruity essence of strawberry balsamic!
Serve with: spinach, goat cheese, walnuts

2. Herbs de Provence Olive Oil & Cranberry Pear Balsamicsavory, thyme and other herbs complement the crisp, tart fruit flavor of the balsamic.
Serve with: spinach, craisins, diced apples 

3. Meyer Lemon Olive Oil & Raspberry Balsamiclight, refreshing citrusy flavor joins the fresh, ripe flavor of raspberry balsamic. 
Serve with: kale, fresh raspberries, sunflower seeds

4. Bergamot Olive Oil & Grapefruit Balsamicpacked with citrus flavor from both the grapefruit and bergamot! 
Servwith: arugula, orange slices, and shaved fennel

5. Chipotle Olive Oil & Pineapple Balsamic: a sweet & spicy twist on your average summer salad! 

 

 

 

 

We took three of our favorite things - apples, bacon, and chèvre - drizzled them with our most popular infused balsamic vinegar, then rolled them up in flaky crescent rolls and baked them. 

The result?

An irrestisble snack sized treat oozing with the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavor.

This recipe uses our Fig Balsamicselected for its juicy, complex flavor that's the perfect complement to nearly any dish. It pairs particularly well with chèvre and apples and is our most popular infused balsamic vinegar. Fig is an excellent choice, but this recipe can be adapted to include any of your favorite infused dark balsamics. We also suggest Vermont Maple, Pomegranate, or Dark Chocolate. The rolled shape makes these a perfect hand-held party snack, great for entertaining. 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll ups with Fig Balsamic 

Ingredients:

8 oz. package of crescent rolls (8 pieces)

8 strips bacon

4 oz. log of chèvre

1 cup red apples, diced

1 Tbsp. Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

Process:

1. Bake bacon strips in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. (Avoid making bacon too crispy so it can still be rolled easily.) 

2. Lay out crescent roll dough on a greased baking sheet. 

3. Add bacon, chèvre, apples and top with Fig Balsamic.

4. Roll up dough in a pocket - keeping the ingredients stuffed inside.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

Sunday Snack: Peach Basil Summer Salsa

Posted Sunday May 11, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

Fresh, vibrant, and flavorful!

This summer salsa recipe captures the essence of the summer season. Bursting with fresh flavor, this salsa is a blend of colorful, ripe fruits and vegetables that are staples of the summer season: peaches, pineapples, tomatoes, and corn.

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa


A bit of fresh basil and a drizzle of our Basil Olive Oil add a refreshing green herb taste. The sweetness of the fruit and Peach Balsamic Vinegar is balanced by a zip of heat from a minced jalapeño pepper. Using these fresh ingredients creates a wonderful salsa that can't be matched by a jar of store bought salsa.

We suggest serving with chips or topping grilled chicken, meat, or fish. A perfect addition to a summer BBQ menu or accompaniment to your afternoon Happy Hour! 

Peach Basil Summer Salsa

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pineapple, diced

2 tomatoes, diced

2 peaches, diced

1 jalapeño, minced

1 small red onion

1 ear of sweet corn, cut off the cob

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

a pinch of Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Jalapeño Sea Salt

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Arizona Pepper seasoning

1 tablespoon Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil Olive Oil

1 tabpesoon Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

 

 Process: 

1. Combine fruits and vegetables together in a large mixing bowl.

2. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and vinegar. 

3. Serve with chips. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

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