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Tips for Cooking with Louianna’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Although extra-virgin olive oils stand up to heat remarkably well, they do lose flavor as they’re heated, so they are best for uncooked dishes. Use them to harmonize the spices in a dish, to enhance and build flavors, and to add body and depth.

Extra virgin olive oil also balances the acidity in high-acid foods, such as tomatoes, vinegar, wine, and lemon juice. In general, treat your olive oils as you do your wines, carefully pairing their tastes with the flavors of the other ingredients in the dishes you are creating.

Here are some ways to use extra virgin olive oil:

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Baking with Louianna’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Most people don’t think of using olive oil when baking, but it’s actually a great way to get more monounsaturated fat and polyphenolic compounds in your diet.

Substituting olive oil for butter dramatically reduces the amount of fat — especially saturated fat — in your baked goods. And of course, olive oil does not contain any of butter’s cholesterol. You’ll also use less fat — you can substitute three tablespoons of olive oil for a quarter-cup of butter. (Check your cookbook for substituting advice.)

The product still turns out as expected, but with 25 percent less fat, fewer calories, and more heart-healthy nutrients.

Recipes

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Toasted Italian Bread, Served with Tomatoes and Feta, Drenched in Olive Oil

A simple mouthwatering appetizer that no one will refuse!

Start by slicing a freshly baked baguette. A ½” thickness will do. Toast in the oven and top with chopped cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese. Add your choice of toppings or spices (minced garlic, oregano, basil, minced parsley, etc.) and drench with Louianna’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Marinated Lamb Chops

A succulent main course that’s simple to prepare!

This recipe serves 4. Takes 15 minutes of prep time; 1 hour to marinate; and 8 minutes to cook. Easy peasy!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lemon, zested (about ½ teaspoon)

1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves, or 2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

8 (4-ounce) lamb loin chops, trimmed of all visible fat

Directions:

In a small bowl stir together the first 7 ingredients. Put the lamb chops in a sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Move the chops around the bag so the marinade coats them well. Marinate for 1 hour.

Grill or broil the chops for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Finish by lightly drizzling Louianna’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil on one side.

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Oven Baked Fish

Impress friends and family with this tasty dish from the sea! You can bake a whole fish, as seen in the picture above, or fish fillets, as described in the Baked Cod recipe below.

This recipe serves 4. Takes 7 minutes of prep time; and 18 minutes to cook. Now that’s quick and easy!

Ingredients:

4 (6-ounce) cod fillets, pin bones removed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 thin lime slices

¼ cup pitted chopped Kalamata olives

¼ cup drained capers

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves

¼ cup olive oil

Lime wedges for serving

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

Put the cod in an ovenproof baking dish and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top each fillet with 3 lime slices, the olives, capers and rosemary. Drizzle with Louianna’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Bake until the fish is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the fish from the oven and serve with lime wedges. Finish by lightly drizzling Louianna’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil on one side.