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Ways to Use Olive Oil

Pour a glass of vino and break out the Parmesan as we take you on a tour of new ways to use Italian extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). EVOO is cold pressed within 24 hours of harvesting olives. It's perfect for salads, pasta, grilled meats and seafood, and can be used in many other ways!
1. Use Olive Oil to Toast Sandwiches
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For a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, try using olive oil instead of butter. It's a delicious way to get mono-unsaturated fats into your diet and has a delicate flavor. For toasting sandwiches, we like to use H-E-B Rustico Extra Virgin Olive Oil, exclusively bottled for H-E-B. The olives are grown on the Asaro estate in southwestern Sicily, handpicked and pressed within a few hours of harvest. The sweet green olive taste makes this an excellent oil to serve with crusty bread. Tip: Because this oil is unfiltered, keep the pan over medium-low heat to prevent it from burning.  
Step 1: Heat skillet over medium-low heat and add EVOO. 
Step 2: While oil is heating, spread two slices of Italian bread (try Pane Luciane) with pesto. 
Step 3: Place bread slices in hot pan to toast. Top one with sliced tomatoes and the other with sliced mozzarella.
Step 4: Heat until cheese begins to melt. Using a spatula, carefully flip the side with cheese (the melted cheese will help it stay in place) over the slice with tomatoes. 
Step 5: Gently press with a spatula and toast to your liking. 
2. Use Olive Oil to Make Homemade Pesto
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Many call Tuscan olive oil the finest in the world. To make traditional Tuscan pesto, we used Central Market Tuscan Olive Oil. It's full-bodied with a fresh aroma and hints of pepper, almond and has a slightly spicy finish. See Traditional Tuscan Pesto Recipe.
Step 1: Toast pine nuts and walnuts in the oven. 
Step 2: Use a food processor to combine basil, pine nuts, walnuts, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice and Parmesan.
Step 3: Finish with fresh Pecorino Romano cheese and Tuscan extra virgin olive oil. 
Step 4: Serve as an appetizer on bruschetta, as a sandwich spread or toss with pasta.
3. Use in Baking - How to Make an Olive Oil Cake
Use Olive Oil for baking
The rich flavor of Ottavio Organic Private Reserve EVOO makes it great to use for baking. We replaced vegetable oil with Ottavio Private Reserve Olive Oil in boxed yellow cake mix. For extra zing, we added citrus zest to the batter. For extra citrus flavor, we finished the cake with Central Market Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The aromatic oil is cold extracted and crafted by Italian artisans. See Olive Oil Cake Recipe
Step 1: Prepare box of yellow cake mix as directed, but substitute EVOO for regular vegetable oil. 
Step 2: Add citrus zest (lemon, orange, tangerine or grapefruit) to the batter. 
Step 3: Bake the olive oil cake in a loaf pan. 
Step 4: Finish with a drizzle of lemon infused olive oil. 
4. Serve Over Ice Cream for an Italian Sundae 
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For a decadent Italian sundae, try drizzling over ice cream! Use a high quality olive oil with a robust, fruity flavor like H-E-B Reserve 100% Italian EVOO. Start with a couple scoops of H-E-B Creamy Creations 1905 Vanilla Ice Cream, and top with fresh, sliced strawberries. Then drizzle EVOO over ice cream and berries. Garnish with fresh basil and a pinch of coarse sea salt. See Italian Sundae Recipe.
Step 1: Slice fresh strawberries and fresh basil.
Step 2: Scoop ice cream into bowls and top with sliced strawberries and basil.
Step 3: Drizzle with EVOO. 
Buon Appetito!
For more Italian recipes and cooking, view our Italian Cooking Guide
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