Delicious Recipes Using Our Favorite Southern-Made Olive Oil
Olive oil is not seen as a standout ingredient in many dishes, but it has the ability to make or break a dish in a way that deserves some recognition every now and again. We know everybody down here in the South loves butter, but it can’t be used for everything (contrary to some beliefs). Olive oil has the smooth, robust taste that can do some incredible things, be it in pasta, salads, or even desserts. And there’s some high-quality olive oil coming right out of the South—in Texas Hill Country to be exact. Once you stroll through the 1,200-tree-strong olive orchards, taste the intricate flavors of their oils (some varieties are pressed with blood oranges, Meyer lemons, and limes), and test your hand at these recipes, you’ll suddenly be much more appreciative of this essential ingredient. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that highlight these Southern olive oils in the best way. It’s time to venture under the Texan sun…
Pasta with Beans, Blistered Tomatoes, and Breadcrumbs
If you’re dressing a pasta dish with olive oil, you want to make sure it’s a tasty one! The blistered tomatoes give something special to this recipe, but we especially love the crispy breadcrumbs.
Bitter Greens Salad with Lemon and Pecorino
While this salad may sound simple, it’s anything but that once you take your first bite. It’s crisp, fresh, and pairs well with just about anything. The tangy lemon vinaigrette and salty, nutty pecorino Romano cheese pack a serious flavor punch.
Rosemary Focaccia with Stewed Grapes and Olives
Don’t be nervous about making this bread at home, even if you’ve never done it before. The dough does need a little time to rise, but it’s not very finicky other than that. Trust us, it’s definitely worth it—the Stewed Grapes and Olives are amazing!
Lemon-Olive Oil Cake with Whipped Mascarpone
Olive oil, cornmeal, and mascarpone cheese make this dessert not-your-average cake. It’s simple, but still has complexity of taste. The lemon zest and juice make it feel fresh and summery.