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Sunday Snack: Margarita with Lime Sea Salted Rim

Posted Sunday May 04, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

 

If you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo, try one of our favorite margarita tricks: a Lime Sea Salted Rim.

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Lime Sea Salt Margarita

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Lime Sea Salt Margaritas


With a refreshing citrusy flavor, our Lime Sea Salt is the perfect complement to a well-crafted margarita. The salt serves as more than just an aesthetic purpose - it helps to balance out the flavors of the ingredients found within the cocktail. 

The course texture of our Lime Sea Salt is ideal for the rim of a margarita. Prepare your margarita mix with your preferred ingredients (we always recommend fresh limes for the best flavor!) and then it's time to garnish. Here's how to do it:

1. Using a sliced lime wedge, moisten the rim of the glass. 

2. Fill a small saucer with Lime Sea Salt - approximately a 1/4" or so. Roll edges of glass in salt, evenly coating the outside of the rim in salt.

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Lime Sea Salt Margarita

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Lime Sea Salt Margarita

3. Pour margarita into glass and garnish with a slice of lime. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Lime Sea Salt Margarita

This particular recipe uses Lime Sea Salt, but we have also experimented with Jalapeno Sea Salt, Habanero Sea Salt, and Raspberry Chipotle Sea Salt on the rim. Each adds a bit of heat to the cocktail for those who like a little spice!

Cheers!

  

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Lime Sea Salt Margarita

 

 

 

 

Sunday Snack: Yogurt & Granola

Posted Sunday Apr 27, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

If yogurt and granola are staples of your breakfast routine, this quick recipe’s for you!

 

We jazzed up the standard yogurt and granola by adding slices of banana and drizzling it with Butternut Squash Seed Oil. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Butternut Squash Seed Oil

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Butternut Squash Seed Oil


 

Made in small batches, this oil’s rich nutty flavor emerges from roasting and expeller pressing the seeds from butternut squash. The nutty taste complements the banana slices and works well with the granola, especially if your choice of granola contains nuts. 

 

Topping your breakfast with Butternut Squash Seed Oil will start your morning off a good note. Delicious and packed with nutrients, this oil is high in omega 6 fatty acids as well as Vitamin E and contains no cholesterol or trans fats. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Butternut Squash Seed Oil


Ingredients:

Yogurt

Granola

Banana, sliced

Butternut Squash Seed Oil

 

Process:

1. Combine yogurt, granola, and banana. 

2. Top with drizzle ofButternut Squash Seed Oil. 


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Butternut Squash Seed Oil


Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Butternut Squash Seed Oil

 

Sunday Snack: Cheese & Balsamic Pairings

Posted Sunday Apr 20, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Good cheese and good balsamic vinegar are a perfect match. Here are five of our favorite pairings. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing


1. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar & Bleu Cheese

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

2. Fig Balsamic Vinegar & Gouda

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing 

3. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar & Chèvre 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

4. Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar & Brie 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

5. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar & Cheddar 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

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

 

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