Oviedo Olive Oil is Central Florida's premiere retailer of the finest California Extra Virgin Olive Oil and balsamic vinegar. Infused with distinctive flavors from local produce to create elevated dishes and an extraordinary culinary experience.
What is the difference in seed oils versus olive oil? We recently posted about the benefits of olive oil in everyday use as well as in a healthy diet. Additionally, we touched on the differences in the various olive oils available on the market today. What we did not explore in depth, was the total variety of oils including seed oils.
Olive oil has been around for millennia, since the time of Hippocrates and even Jesus; both have spoken of the healing properties and therapeutic uses for olive oil. Hundreds of studies have been conducted to share the proven benefits of olive oil in a healthy diet and in day-to-day use. From oil pulling for healthy teeth and gums to beauty for hair, skin and nails, olive oil has a plethora of beneficial uses. However, not all olive oil is the same, so identifying quality, fresh olive oil is hard to come by due to the worldwide demand.
Summer does not seem to be nearing her end, which is fine for us Floridians as we have our beautiful beaches and salt water pools to regale and enjoy wonderful dishes like these! Couple with a few margaritas and fresh corn tortilla chips, this is the perfect pool-side snack or serve as a side to our Chili Lime Grilled Chicken. We hope you have some of our Key Lime Olive Oil on hand for this delicious blend of sweet corn, tangy onion, spicy jalapeño and the fresh flavor of Oviedo Olive Oil Key Lime Olive Oil. All of the ingredients are items that are pantry ready and allow you to make this a wonderful dip, side dish, relish or dressing for tacos.
Our idea is to keep it simple, keep it easy, and create flavorful food. Corn salsa is great for those who have an aversion to tomatoes or the tart citrus flavor or even the histamine response from a standard tomato based salsa.
The work week has come to an end and your husband (or wife) has informed you that you have friends coming over for drinks. You are unprepared for company! Wine is on hand, a few bottles of choice spirits and a variety of ales but nothing to nosh on as an appetizer or pseudo meal. This easy bruschetta recipe is sure to please a crowd, requires minimal effort and a minimum amount of time.
When people think of salads they often think of the basic, boring, iceberg lettuce, devoid of flavor, texture and the most lifeless food to eat. In fact, salads can have depth, personality, and make you question everything you think you know about your flavor palette.
These super sweet, savory, tangy, layered with flavor and bite Cranberry Pecan Sticky buns are a must have for holidays, Saturday mornings, or brunch get-togethers.
1. Warm milk, then add yeast and sugar, let stand until foamy. Then add eggs, lightly whisk. Pour mixture into blender with dough hook slowly adding dry ingredients. Add butter one tablespoon at a time until fully blended. Knead on med-high until soft. Set aside in separate bowl, cover with plastic in warm area until doubled in size.
2. Melt butter with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil in sauce pan. Add Cranberry Balsamic Vinegar, honey, cream and salt and bring to a boil.; Reduce heat to medium and simmer until glaze is glossy.
3. Cream together butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Spread butter mixture in thick layer over dough. Sprinkle half of the pecans and all of the cranberries over butter. Roll dough up to make a long log. Cut the log crosswise to make buns of approximately 2 inches. Pour half of the glaze mixture into the bottom of a baking pan. Place buns on top of the topping mixture and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk egg and Oviedo Olive Oil Cranberry Balsamic Vinegar together and brush tops of buns. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and pour the other half of the topping mixture over the top of the buns. Then sprinkle the rest of the pecans over top. Let cool slightly and serve.
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are an unconventional ingredient when talking about desserts, but are they? Each plays their own part in the creation of some of the most delicious and delicate desserts, however, we at Oviedo Olive Oil have been using our infused olive oils and vinegars in new ways for desserts. Oil & vinegar as dessert toppings are absolutely absurd and downright unheard of for some, however, we have these amazing dessert ideas using our oils and vinegars. One of the simplest ways we have been using our olive oils and vinegars is as dessert toppings on ice cream. Keep reading for other dessert options.
On ice cream?
healthy dessert topping alternatives
Take away the traditional oily taste you consider when thinking of olive oil, because these infused olive oils take on a whole new texture and flavor. Who would have thought that olive oil and vinegar would make such incredibly smooth and delicious dessert toppings.
When using ice cream dessert toppings like chocolate syrup, these are generally highly processed and have nasty ingredients like “sorbates” – which is a thickener to give the sugary syrup a more viscous consistency – and “diglycerides” which is just chemical terms for fatty acids. Those fatty acids can be found, naturally occurring, in olive oil.
Don’t knock it until you try it! We too were skeptics until our chef took the plunge and made some delicious oil and vinegar combination dessert toppings that would rival any ice cream shop. Check out the combinations and flavors we have already tried and tested as true winners among kids and skeptical eaters alike.
Choose your salad greens, one handful for each serving
1-2 whole tomatoes
Select Oviedo Olive Oil products – see recipe
Fresh Baguette – to soak up all the delicious goodness
Panzanella Salad Recipe using our Arbequina Olive Oil
Our Arbequina olive oil is rich in earthy flavor, a hint of pepper, and the beautiful, soothing aroma, often experienced when catching a whiff of fresh cut grass in summer. Bold taste with fruity notes, our Arbequina is perfect as your everyday olive oil.
(substitute as you see fit!)
a few handfuls salads greens, sliced radicchio, baby kale, and/or baby spinach
tomatoes, sliced in quarters
20 leaves of basil, coarsely chopped, or toss in whole
3 tbsp. capers OR 1/4 c. Castelvetrano olives
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
Slice the fresh baguette in half and cut into 1/2 inch or 1-inch cubes and toss in the olive oil and herbs, cook in a pan until brown and a tad crispy. Set aside.
Prep the salad with all ingredients while the croutons cool and allow the seasonings to set in.
Combine all dressing ingredients either in a blender and quickly pulse or in a bowl and whisk together. Pour the croutons over the salad, pour the recently combined dressing and toss to allow all ingredients to get coated. Let sit for 30 more minutes for the flavors to set, or feel free to dig in with the remaining fresh baguette to mop up the extra dressing for a dipping sauce.
For a more hearty meal, add some grilled chicken or smoked salmon. If adding salmon, keep the capers and add 2 tsp. dill to the dressing for extra zing!
Drizzle with 1 Tbsp Traditional Balsamic if desired
Substitute any of our oils for your desired flavor for dipping. Whether its a dessert or a charcuterie with fresh cheeses, we have an oil or vinegar for that!
More Than Just Dipping Oils and Sauce
So you have taken the plunge to adding a dipping sauce to your collection. Now what? You would hate to put on those five pounds you just lost by splurging on bread to enjoy the dipping sauce, so how else can you use our dipping sauces in your cooking regimen? Well our dipping oils and sauce are more than just dipping oils and sauce. Use them as your favorite marinade or a quick dressing. Here are a few ways to bring new life to some of your favorite meals.
If you are being conscious of your calories and watching what you are eating, our dipping oils are a fabulous way to cut out any unnecessary ingredients and garbage. Made with our extra virgin olive oil, vinegar (either our white or balsamic), our blend of spices and seasonings, you have a clean ingredient dressing at your fingertips. Our Tuscan Herb is a favorite to drizzle over roasted summer squash and zucchini, our Parmesan is lovely over fresh pasta, our Tomato Basil is deliciously sweet on a traditional green salad with fresh mozzarella, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and chopped pepperoni. Our Spicy Chili dipping oil is a knock out over fluffed rice with chicken or beef and the Garlic Herb is unspeakable over fresh arugula.
All of our dipping oil and sauces are chock full of our buttery extra virgin olive oil that has a delicious peppery taste, our match blend of seasonings and spices and the right amount of vinegar to deliver the mouth watering ratio of fat and acid in each bite. Because of this magical blend, our dipping oils are easily transformed into a marinade. Choose your protein and choose your oil for a dish that would rival a Michelin chef.
One of our favorite marinades in the Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce. This dipping oil is so versatile for any meat, but we especially love how it transforms beef and chicken. A pro tip: after purchasing your protein from your grocer/butcher and you plan to store in your freezer, take the meat out of the original packaging and place in a Ziploc bag with your marinade. The marinade will freeze with the meat and as it thaws, its terrific for a pre-made marinating time and not worrying about taking up counter space, fridge space, its already in the Ziploc bag and ready to be cooked once thawed.
Dipping oils and sauce have a variety of different uses besides the traditional table serving with bread. While bread is a classic go to and can please any crowd, we love to give additional ideas for your culinary adventures. From week night meals at home, to holiday baking to entertaining with a large crowd, Oviedo Olive Oil can help you use our entire line of products to wow your toughest critics or have your favorite aunt asking the secret to your recipe.
Infused olive oils and vinegars are an exceptional way to liven any meal, appetizer, snack, or party event. Infused olive oils and vinegars also make a wonderful gift for any foodie! The question remains, how can I use infused olive oils and vinegars other than for dressings?
Infused Vinegars for Desserts
When thinking of dessert options, vinegar doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Infused balsamic vinegars however, have a very rich, thick, tangy and sweet consistency that mimics dessert sauces like chocolate or caramel sauce. The blend of flavor that balsamic vinegar brings is sure to entice the senses of even the biggest skeptic.
Next time you scoop some ice cream, reach for infused balsamic vinegar as a option. Flavors like Raspberry, Chocolate, and Peach add just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness so as not to overwhelm and the calorie count is easy on the waistline when making an indulgence. Fresh fruit can be sweetened up through macerating (a fancy way of saying soaking) in your choice of vinegar flavor. Turn your boring yogurt into a conversation piece by drizzling your favorite infused vinegar, really step up your health game by adding some healthy fats with a drizzle of our infused olive oils for a decadent treat.
Infused Olive Oils for Desserts
Olive oil is also not synonymous when thinking of desserts, however, this healthy fat will satisfy a few cravings. Drizzle over fresh fruit for a twist over using empty calorie, high processed condiments. Mix with one of the infused balsamic vinegars for a whole different approach to snacking!
Infused Olive Oils and Vinegars for dressings
The most obvious way to dress up those leafy greens and vegetables is with the unlimited option of blending your choice of oil, vinegar, and spices. Oviedo Olive Oil offers a wide array of all three so you can make the most basic vinaigrette to the most exotic to showcase your culinary prowess.
How can oils and vinegars be used for appetizers? Think of any great Italian restaurant and dollars to donuts they have a dipping plate of their stock olive oil and herbs for slathering those delicious, crusty, French baguettes into the liquid gold. A simple yet delicious appetizer for even the pickiest eater. Infused olive oils and vinegars can even be used to for snacking on veggies, fruit, cheese, you name it, the options are endless!
Some fine cheeses that may be a bit too bitter and salty for the palette, like a Peccorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano are fabulous with a drizzle of one of our fruit infused olive oils. For more zesty soft cheeses like a mozzarella or chevre, the sky is the limit as these generally simple flavor cheeses absorb the fusion of the oil like a sponge setting off your taste buds like fireworks.
Infused Vinegars and olive Oils for Marinades
Our resident chef, part-time pit boss, and Oviedo Olive Oil founder, Karie, knows her way around a grill, smoker and a well seasoned cast iron pan. For the perfect beef, chicken, pork or fish a marinade can be a way to inject your meat with loads of flavor, tenderness and moisture. Lean meats and fish often turn out overcooked, are dry and lifeless, but a simple marinade can make even the worst cook into a proper Sous Chef. Vinegars work like citrus in a marinade the way it breaks down the meat, almost pre-cooking, and mainlining juiciness and sensation into the dish before you’ve even begun adding heat.
A marinade we love for beef adds all the right touches and creates a mouth melting experience, it has salt, fat, acid and heat!
Applewood Smoked Sea Salt, sprinkled generously over meat
Infused vinegars for glazes
Many glaze recipes call for added sugar and sweeteners, this gives it some added depth and flavor. Our infused balsamic vinegars already have all the depth and flavor needed to create a wow experience for your dishes. Simply place the balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and heat slowly, the vinegar will begin to bubble as it heats, stir slowly and then reduce and remove from heat. Drizzle along dried fruits, meats, fish, cakes and so much more. Try a balsamic glaze for your next Sunday morning pancakes.
Infused olive oils and vinegars for grilling
Just as we mentioned marinades, oils and vinegars are a fantastic binder for grilling and barbecue. Want to crush your Boston Butt to make sliders for that college football game? Try rubbing it down with one of our oils and the Hickory Smoked Balsamic. Need some pickled red onions as a topper but short on time, try our White Peach Balsamic as your vinegar of choice for that sweet and savory blend.
The possibilities are endless when cooking with infused olive oils and vinegars. Easily swap out butter or traditional vegetable oil for one of our infused olive oils to bring new life to box recipe cakes, breads, pancakes, toast, roasted vegetables, eggs and so much more. For more recipe ideas, uses, tips and tricks, be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages.
DIFFERENT WAYS OF USING YOUR GOURMET INFUSED OLIVE OILS AND INFUSED VINEGARS