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Sunday Snack: Caprese Grilled Cheese

Posted Sunday Apr 13, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Who says grilled cheese is just for kids?


Not us! 

 

This past Saturday was National Grilled Cheese Day and how could we not commemorate such a great holiday? We took one of our favorite snacks - a Caprese stack with fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil - and transformed it into an even more delicious treat. 

 

Melted mozzarella along with slices of juicy tomato and sweet basil leaves puts a sophisticated spin on the classic grilled sandwich. This recipe calls for a drizzle of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil, but could certainly be changed to include some of your other favorite flavor combinations. Other pairings to complement this dish are Vermont Maple Balsamic & Garlic Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic & Basil Olive Oil

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Grilled Cheese with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar


You may notice a typical ingredient left off the list in this recipe: butter. Swap olive oil in place of butter and you’ll feel better about indulging in this cheesy treat. Simply drizzle oil on one side of each slide of bread where you would normally add butter. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Grilled Cheese with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar


This recipe is quick and easy to prepare. Whether you’re making lunch or dinner for one or the whole family, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. Entertaining? Cut your sandwiches into quarters and all your guests can enjoy. For a fun breakfast option, fry an egg and add it when adding the other toppings. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Grilled Cheese with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar


Caprese Grilled Cheese 

 

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients: 

2 slices bread

3 slices tomato

3-4 large fresh basil leaves

3 slices of fresh mozzarella 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

 

Process:

1. Drizzle olive oil on one side of each slice of bread.

2. Arrange mozzarella slices on non-oiled side of bread. Place in skillet on medium heat. Cover with a lid and allow cheese to melt. 

3. Add tomato slices and basil to bread. Drizzle with Traditional Balsamic. Arrange other slice of bread on slice of bread with toppings.

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Grilled Cheese with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar 


Sunday Snack: Gorgonzola-Chèvre Scalloped Potatoes

Posted Sunday Apr 06, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

There are plenty of ways to make potatoes, but we’re confident scalloped potatoes is one of the best. And this recipe using two of our favorite types of cheeses - Gorgonzola andChèvre - and our French Garden Blend Sea Salt is sure to please!

 

Of all our different sea salts, French Garden Blend Sea Salt seemed like the ideal choice for this recipe. A blend of garlic, bell peppers, and onion makes this salt is one of our most popular and its herby flavor enhances any dish its added to, especially potatoes. Also consider using this salt as a rub for steak or chicken. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Scalloped Potatoes - French Garden Blend Sea Salt

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Scalloped Potatoes - French Garden Blend Sea Salt


The sauce, made from equal parts whole milk and heavy cream, give the potatoes a creamy texture. Chèvre, a more mild, creamy cheese, and Gorgonzola, a semi-soft, robust cheese, balance one another out - creating a harmonious blend for a cheese lover!

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Scalloped Potatoes - French Garden Blend Sea Salt

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Scalloped Potatoes - French Garden Blend Sea Salt


While this recipe requires some patience - the potatoes take approximately an hour and a half to bake - it’s certainly well worth the wait. The time allows the potatoes to become tender and absorb the cheesy cream sauce. Turn on the broiler in the last few minutes of baking to give the potatoes a crispy finish. Despite the lengthier cook time, the rest of the preparation is relatively quick and simple. These scalloped potatoes can serve as the side to a number of dishes, whether you’re grilling up a juicy steak or roasting a chicken. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Scalloped Potatoes - French Garden Blend Sea Salt


 Gorgonzola-Chèvre Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients:

3 lb russet potatoes

2 teaspoons Saratoga Olive Oil Co. French Garden Blend Sea Salt

4 oz chèvre

4 oz crumbled gorgonzola

1 cup whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

 

 

Process:

1. Slice peeled potatoes into 1/8-inch thick slices. Place in bowl of cold water.

2. Combine milk, heavy cream, cheese and 1 teaspoon French Garden Blend Sea Salt in bowl and mix thoroughly.

3. Drain and dry potatoes. In a large, buttered bowl (3 or 4 quart, or casserole dish) layer potatoes, pouring cheese mixture over each layer. Sprinkle each layer with remaining French Garden Blend Sea Salt. 

4. Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 45 minutes. 

5. For crispier potatoes, broil for 2-3 minutes. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Scalloped Potatoes - French Garden Blend Sea Salt

 

Sunday Snack: Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Posted Sunday Mar 30, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

We’ve got a secret: we’re antsy for spring. 


Maybe it’s not a secret. Warmer weather recipes are creeping into our winter-soaked minds and making us wish for summer veggies, barbecued meats, and grill marks! 


Since it’s not quite grilling season just yet, we thought why not adapt a summery recipe for grilled Chicken Tacos for indoor cooking? Just to hold us over till the warmer weather arrives… 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

 

Tacos are a favorite that can be prepared in a variety of ways. In this recipe, using our Chipotle Olive Oil & Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar, the marinade adds a unique sweet and spicy flavor to the tacos. Adding the zest and juice of fresh limes brings in a citrusy element - a flavor that complements both the chipotle and pomegranate. It’s recommended to marinade the chicken between 2-3 hours covered in the refrigerator. After preparing the chicken in the frying pan, finish pieces with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar to really lock in the flavor.

 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

The flavor of the dressing is a result of using our Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Adobo seasoning. Our Adobo is a salt-free Mexican seasoning featuring a blend of garlic, onion, pepper, and hot peppers. Unlike many packaged taco seasonings, our Adobo is MSG free and offers a healthier option over some others. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Arguably one of the best parts of any taco night is the toppings you pick! For this dish, we chose diced tomatoes and shredded cabbage to add some texture to the dish and finished with a sprinkle of Jack cheese and chopped cilantro. 

 

We’re looking forward to preparing this dish again in the summer using the grill! 

 

Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Ingredients: 

1 pound chicken breasts

Marinade:

1/4 cup Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Olive Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper

 

Dressing:

1 cup sour cream

1/2 Tablespoon Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Adobo seasoning

2 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 teaspoon cumin

sea salt & fresh pepper, to taste

 

Toppings:

tortillas

tomatoes, diced

cilantro, chopped

cabbage, shredded

jack cheese, shredded

 

Process:

1. Marinade: Whisk together all ingredients. In a flat covered container or Ziplock bag, combine marinade and chicken. Let marinade in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

2. Dressing: In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

3. In a frying pan, cook chicken over medium heat, leaving marinade in the pan. Cook chicken 8-12 minutes, until its no longer pink inside, turning occasionally. Finish chicken with a drizzle of Chipotle Olive Oil & Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar. Slice chicken into small pieces. 

4. Warm tortillas in non-greased skillet for 30 seconds. Add dressing to tortilla first, followed by chicken and other toppings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Snack: Vermont Maple Balsamic Glazed Bacon

Posted Sunday Mar 23, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Bacon

Sugar makers across Vermont celebrated the annual Maple Open House this weekend, opening their doors to the public to show how maple syrup is made. 


We love maple syrup - it’s no surprise. But this weekend we were busy celebrating the second anniversary of our Burlington shop , so we could not formally partake in an open house visit. Still wanting to celebrate the sweet, syrupy goodness from the Green Mountain State, we found a way to work maple into this week’s Sunday Snack. 

 

And it involves bacon. So it’s a win-win.

 

This is a quick trick to add some sweetness to your breakfast bacon. Maple and bacon have long been partners in breakfast crime - so we’re not quite reinventing the wheel, just putting a twist on a classic. The sweet, thick flavor of our aged Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar gives the bacon some extra pizzazz.

 

Simply brush each strip of bacon with Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar and cook as you normally would. In this recipe the bacon strips were pan fried, but this could also be done by baking them. Also consider using this same trick on other breakfast meats, like sausage or ham. 


Vermont Maple Balsamic Glazed Bacon

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Bacon

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Bacon 

Ingredients:

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar

your favorite bacon


Process:

1. Brush each strip of bacon with Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar

2. Pan fry bacon strips until preferred level of crispiness. 

3. Finish with a drizzle of Vermont Maple Balsamic. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Bacon


Sunday Snack: Whipped Ricotta with Tuscan Herb

Posted Sunday Mar 16, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Whipped Ricotta with Tuscan Herb


 

An irresistible blend of garlic, basil, oregano, and rosemary, Tuscan Herb is one of our most popular infused olive oils. Popular for dipping bread, making vinaigrettes or marinades, or simply tossing with pasta, this oil can be used in various culinary pursuits.

 

One of our favorite ways to use Tuscan Herb is to drizzle it over whipped ricotta cheese. When whipped with a hand mixer or stand mixer, the mild, creamy Italian cheese transforms into a fluffy, even more delicious treat. Top with a pinch of salt and pepper and Tuscan Herb to add a classic Italian flavor.

Whipping up this recipe takes less than ten minutes and is sure to please any palate! 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Whipped Ricotta with Tuscan Herb


 

Ingredients: 

1 Tbsp Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

1/4 cup cream cheese

2 cups ricotta

2 tablespoons whole milk

salt & pepper, to taste

 

Process:

1. In a stand mixer (or medium bowl with hand mixer), whip cream cheese, ricotta, and milk for 3-4 minutes, until fluffy. 

2. Transfer ricotta to small bowl and top with Tuscan Herb oil, salt, and pepper.

Serve with slices of fresh or toasted baguette


Saratoga Olive Oil Co Whipped Ricotta with Tuscan Herb



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