COOKING WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Extra virgin olive oil compliments and enhances many different cooking techniques. Contrary to popular belief, extra virgin olive oil is great for cooking and can be easily incorporated into almost any dish or cuisine, adding new flavors and healthy polyphenols and monounsaturated fats.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate McEvoy Extra Virgin Olive Oil into your cooking is by adding a quick drizzle moments before serving. This can be done with almost any dish, including pasta, soups, salads, soft cheeses, or over grilled meats. A small amount on a sandwich can also be flavorful substitute for mayonnaise.
Try adding a small dish of McEvoy Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your next salumi or cheese spread. Fresh, warm bread dipped or topped with olive oil is an instant crowd pleaser. Our olio nuovo is especially well-suited for this role.
Recent research shows that sautéing vegetables in extra virgin olive oil is actually healthier than boiling. The technique preserves vegetable nutrients and olive oil aids your body in their absorption. Try a quick sauté of asparagus or green beans in McEvoy Extra Virgin Olive Oil topped simply with sea salt and cubeb pepper.
Extra virgin olive oil can even be used to deep fry foods to add a rich flavor to items like eggplant or the traditional Italian seafood dish, fritto misto. A quality oil will have a smoke point somewhere between 380 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit. The more impurities of an oil, the lower the smoke point, meaning it is imperative to use a quality oil for maximum health benefits.
Try replacing the butter or margarine in your next recipe with McEvoy Olive Oil. A ripe fruity oil like our Organic Lemon Olive Oil will bring a new dimension of flavor to cakes and pastries and will add healthy fats into baked goods. Olive oil is also a great addition to savory baking. Focaccia made with McEvoy Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a delicious and healthy snack for children or adults on the go.
Conversion for butter to olive oil
1 teaspoon = ¾ teaspoon
1 Tablespoon = 2-1/4 teaspoons
¼ cup = 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup = ¼ cup
½ cup = ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup = ½ cup
¾ cup = ½ cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup = ¾ cup