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Sunday Snack: Blood Orange Waffles

Posted Monday Feb 24, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

 

Blood Orange Belgian Waffles 

 

Whether you’re having Sunday brunch or breakfast for dinner, we’ve got you covered with this recipe for Blood Orange Belgian Waffles. Imagine a light, fluffy waffle with balanced citrusy flavor in each bite. Top with a drizzle (or more, if you’re like us) of pure Vermont maple syrup and these waffles may become the exclusive breakfast on your kitchen table. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Blood Orange Olive Oil Waffles

 

The pizzazz of these waffles comes from the Blood Orange Olive Oil used in the batter. Created through a fusion process in which whole blood oranges are crushed together with olives, our Blood Orange Olive Oil is packed with fresh citrus flavor. The aroma of the oil shines through the whole waffle making process - mixing the batter and cooking in the waffle iron - and of course, enjoying the waffles!

 

While you certainly can prepare a wonderful waffle batter from scratch, we went the simple route for this recipe - a box of our favorite waffle mix, an egg, and olive oil. Quick, simple, and delicious. Any boxed waffle mix could be adapted to use the Blood Orange olive oil. Simply use in place of the standard vegetable oil it calls for. Also consider using this trick to add some flair to pancakes. The Meyer Lemon Olive Oil or Butternut Squash Seed Oil can also be substituted into this recipe. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Blood Orange Olive Oil Waffles



If you’re hungry for something other than waffles, the Blood Orange Olive Oil works well as a marinade for seafood or chicken or simply as a dressing for salads. If your sweet tooth is calling, also consider swapping this oil in place of oil in other dessert recipes. Blood Orange Brownies are one of our favorites!

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Blood Orange Olive Oil Waffles


Blood Orange Waffles

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Blood Orange Olive Oil

1 1/2 cups waffle mix

1 egg

3/4 cups water

 

Process:

1. Heat waffle iron.

2. Stir waffle mix, egg, water, and olive oil with a wire whisk until smooth.

3. Cook waffles 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

Makes 3 waffles.

 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Blood Orange Olive Oil Waffles

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 

Sunday Snack: Strawberry Basil Burrata Crostini

Posted Sunday Feb 02, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Strawberry Basil Burrata Crostini  

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil & Strawberry Burrata Crostini

 

Crostini - Italian for “Little toast.” There’s nothing little about the number of possibilities that can go atop a piece of toasted bread. 

 

Of all the different combinations, one of our absolute favorites features Burrata, the creamy mozzarella with a soft texture and unmatched flavor. This recipe includes our Strawberry balsamic as well as Basil olive oil, but could certainly be adapted to include different oil and vinegar pairings depending on your preferences. Quick and easy to prepare, this irresistible snack works wonderfully as an hor d'oeuvre when entertaining. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil & Strawberry Burrata Crostini

 

An integral part of Italian cooking, basil adds a green herb taste to any dish. Brushing the crostini with the Basil olive oil adds flavor that’s complemented by the fresh basil. The sweetness of our aged Strawberry balsamic vinegar is balanced by the herbaceous basil flavor. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil & Strawberry Burrata Crostini

Our Basil Olive Oil is one of our most popular - and for a good reason! Consider using it on grilled vegetables, pasta, or salads. Its flavor is very adaptable and can be paired with nearly any balsamic vinegar. Another customer favorite, Strawberry Balsamic can be used to drizzle on grilled fish, marinade pork, or even drizzle on desserts - like vanilla ice cream or fruit salad.

 

This month’s pairing special features Basil & Strawberry (Burlington store). Grab a 200ml bottle of each for  just $22 and get creative with this delicious flavor combination! 

 

Ingredients:

1 fresh baguette 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil Olive Oil

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

8 oz. burrata

fresh basil

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Sicilian Sea Salt

fresh black pepper

 

Process:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice baguette into 1/4” pieces. Brush each side with Basil olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Arrange on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.

2. Top each crostini with a piece of basil and slice of burrata. Finish each with a drizzle of Strawberry balsamic vinegar. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil & Strawberry Burrata Crostini 

What's the shelf life of olive oil?

Posted Tuesday Jan 28, 2014 in Question of the Week by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Generally speaking, an extra virgin olive oil maintains its freshness for up to 18 months from its crush date. A crush date indicates the date of the oil’s production. As an oil ages, it begins to degrade, losing healthful benefits, and eventually becomes rancid. 


Due to the range of variables that can affect an individual oil's characteristics, there is no definitive shelf life that can be applied to all olive oils. Depending on olive type and method of harvest, olives oils can range from more mild to more robust in flavor as well as in polyphenol content. Polyphenols, or antioxidants, help to preserve an oil’s freshness, so oils with a higher polyphenol count will last the longest. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

To help maintain the flavor and nutrients in your olive oil, store it in a cool, dark place and in a dark-colored glass bottle that light cannot easily pass through. Be sure the bottle is airtight so the oil does not oxidize. For more detailed instructions, visit our post on storing olive oil. The best way to ensure your oil won’t go bad is to use it up.



Remember that the best olive oil is the freshest olive oil - so, save the aging for your balsamic vinegar or vino! 

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