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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: Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad

Posted Sunday Mar 09, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

 If you’re a fan of sweet & spicy flavor combinations, this recipe is definitely for you.

 Our Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil adds a fresh spiciness and Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar adds a fruity sweetness to this dish. One of our most popular fused olive oils, the Green Chili is created by crushing olives and fresh green Baklouti chili peppers together in a 1 to 1.6 pound ratio. This gives the oil a wonderful, fresh green pepper flavor while also providing a nice, spicy zip! 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad

This recipe is a quick, easy, and inexpensive to put together. It's a treat that's ideal for an evening dinner at home or a summertime BBQ. Simply boil your favorite type of past

a, cool it and combine with black beans and corn. For the dressing, we suggest a 2:1 ratio of olive oil to vinegar, but you could certainly adjust the ratio according to your taste preference. More oil for a spicier kick, more balsamic for added sweetness!

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad


Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad

Ingredients: 

4 Tbsp Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar

1 lb. pasta, cooked & cooled

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 can corn, rinsed

salt and pepper, to taste 


Process:

1. Mix pasta, corn, and black beans in large bowl. 

2. Whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Combine with pasta mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.


 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad

 

 

 

 

Sunday Snack: Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Balsamic

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

 

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Balsamic 

 

A squeeze of lemon can transform an ordinary side dish into an instant citrusy, fresh favorite. Using our Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar in a similar manner contributes an equally pleasing citrus zip! 

 

The flavor of Sicilian Lemon Balsamic lends itself well to use with green vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, and kale. This recipe is for a simple roasted asparagus - ideal for any night of the week. After removing ends of asparagus, soak spears in a cup with Lemon Balsamic to allow flavor to soak in before roasting. Cover asparagus with of extra virgin olive oil - even on all sides - then season with salt and pepper and bake for 8-10 minutes. You’ll know the asparagus are done roasting when they become lightly browned and tender. Finish with a drizzle of the Sicilian Lemon Balsamic. This recipe can also be adapted for grilled asparagus. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Roasted Asparagus with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar 

Due to its incredible versatility, the Sicilian Lemon Balsamic is one of our most popular flavors. In addition to using with vegetables, it serves as a wonderful marinade for fish. Also consider serving it with dessert - a drizzle over fresh fruit salad or ice cream. For salad dressings, try pairing this vinegar with the Milanese Gremolata, Basil, or Persian Lime olive oils. 

 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Roasted Asparagus with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar


Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Balsamic

 

Ingredients: 

1 lb asparagus spears

2 Tablespoons Saratoga Olive Oil Co. California Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or your favorite varietal)

2 1/2 Tablespoons Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar, divided

Sicilian Sea Salt

Black pepper

 

Process:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

2. Cut ends off asparagus. Pour 1 1/2 Tablespoon of Sicilian Lemon balsamic into a cup and allow ends of spears to soak, absorbing some of the balsamic. 

3. Arrange spears on baking sheet and evenly coat the spears with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Drizzle with remaining balsamic vinegar. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Roasted Asparagus with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar

Sunday Snack: Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Posted Sunday Feb 09, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Strawberries with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar 

Maybe it’s the chocolate. Maybe it’s the color red. But chocolate covered strawberries are a treat undeniably associated with Valentine’s Day. 

 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Covered Strawberries

 

We happen to love them so we've put a Saratoga Olive Oil Co. spin on chocolate covered strawberries by topping them with our Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar.

This recipe is simple - requiring merely two ingredients and less than 15 minutes to achieve. If you’ve tasted the Dark Chocolate Balsamic, which uses the 18 Year Traditional Balsamic as the base, you already know it’s aged, sweet, and thick. This delicious balsamic can be drizzled over strawberries right out of the bottle and provide wonderful flavor, however, in this recipe we’ve created a balsamic reduction, giving it an even thicker, more syrupy consistency. Also try drizzling this over other types of fruit as well as vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Covered Strawberries

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Covered Strawberries

 

Try this fun, festive recipe on Valentine’s Day. But don’t just save it for the holiday! It’s a quick dessert to whip up and the presentation will wow your friends, family, and guests. 

 

Ingredients

1 cup Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Dark Chocolate Balsamic

 

Process

  1. In a sauce pan, heat balsamic vinegar on medium heat until it begins to boil.
  2. Reduce heat, bringing vinegar to a simmer. Stir occasionally. Allow vinegar to simmer for 10-12 minutes - longer for a more syrupy reduction 
  3. Cool and place in a container with lid. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Covered Strawberries

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Covered Strawberries 

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