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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: 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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