Coconut-Vegetable and Cashew curry

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A delicious and exotic one-hour meal.
Recipe from “Fresh & Fast Vegetarian”

Ingredients
2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 cups diced (½ inch) unpeeled eggplant (about 8 ounces)
1 can (15–16 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups ½-inch cauliflower florets (from ½ small head, cored and thick stems removed)
1 cup diced (½ inch) carrot
1 cup diced (½ inch) onion
1 cup ½-inch lengths green beans (about 4 ounces)
2–3 tsp. minced seeded jalapeño or serrano pepper, plus more to taste
1 Tbsp. Madras curry powder
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp. coarse salt
1 Tbsp. finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
½ tsp. ground turmeric
1 can (13.5 ounces) regular or light coconut milk
½ cup coarsely chopped roasted unsalted cashews
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup Olé extra virgin olive oil

Directions
1. Heat the Olé extra virgin olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat for a few minutes

2. Add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring, until they are slightly darker (approx. 2 minutes).

3. Add the chickpeas and eggplant and cook, over medium-high heat while sturring for 5 minutes.

4. Add the carrot, onion, green beans, cauliflower, jalapeño, ginger, curry powder, garlic, salt and turmeric. Cook, stirring, for five minutes, maintaining a steady sizzle.

5. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until thickened and the vegetables are tender, (approx. 10 minutes).

6. Spoon the curry into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the cilantro and cashews and serve.

Enjoy!

Makes 4-6 servings.

 

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Tomato Basil Pasta with Olé extra virgin olive oil

A simple delicious dish.  It refrigerates well and can be served as a cold pasta salad.

Ingredients

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 small onion, finely chopped

6 tablespoons Olé extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

6 leaves fresh basil, torn

10 ounces fusilli pasta

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Stir tomatoes, onion, Olé extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and basil together in a bowl
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, occasionally stirring, until cooked through but firm to the bite, (approximately 12 minutes)
  3. Drain
  4. Toss warm pasta with feta cheese and Parmesan in a large bowl
  5. Stir tomato mixture into pasta and season with salt and pepper

Enjoy!

Olive oil halibut nuggets with garlic and mint

A great, healthy and delicious dish that’s easier than it seems.  Give it a try with Olé extra virgin olive oil.

Ingredients
1 pound halibut fillet, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
4 tablespoons Olé extra virgin olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves,
½ teaspoon dried mint
1 small rosemary sprig
Fresh lemon juice, to taste (optional)
Chopped fresh mint (for garnish)

Preparation

1. Season halibut all over with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. In a medium-size skillet just large enough to hold fish cubes in a single layer, heat oil over low heat. Add fish, rosemary sprig and dried mint, and let cook slowly until fish begins to turn opaque, about 3 minutes.

2. Stir in garlic and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and cook until garlic is fragrant and fish is just cooked through, another 3 minutes or so (heat should be low enough so as not to brown the garlic or fish but high enough to gently cook everything; the cooking time will vary widely with your stove).

3. Taste and add more salt and pepper and a few drops of lemon juice if desired. Stir in the fresh mint and serve, using a slotted spoon if you want to leave the poaching oil in pan; it is delicious over couscous or potatoes.halibut

Cilantro and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Company coming?  Try this quick and easy Pesto, to spread on toast or crackers for a great starter or snack.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (dry-packed, not in oil)

1 cup cilantro, chopped

1/3 cup Olé extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon diced green chiles from a can or fresh jalapeno, (if you like it spicy.)

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

 

Steps:

1. Soak sun-dried tomatoes in the Olé extra virgin olive oil for 2 hours or overnight, if possible.

 

2. In a blender or food processor, process all ingredients except the salt and pepper until the mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender or bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

 

3. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.

 

Enjoy!

 

Olé Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Brownies

Our olive oil is great in desserts too! Try this recipe for delicious coconut brownies.

Ingredients:

– ¾ cup Olé extra virgin olive oil, plus more to grease pan
– 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
– 2 large eggs
– 2 large egg yolks
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– ⅓ cup cocoa powder
– 2 ½ cups sugar
– 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
– ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
– 2 ½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
– 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
– Fleur de sel, for sprinkling

Preparation:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water until smooth.

3. Add the unsweetened chocolate and whisk until the chocolate has melted.

4. Whisk in the olive oil. Add the eggs, yolks and vanilla, and continue to whisk until combined.

5. Add the sugar, whisking until fully incorporated. Using a spatula, fold in the flour and salt until just combined. Fold in the bittersweet chocolate pieces.

6. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.

7. Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded coconut on top of the batter.

8. Pour in the remaining batter and smooth. Top with remaining coconut. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and bake until just set and firm to the touch, (about 25 to 30 minutes).

NOTE: These brownies solidify as they cool, so inserting a toothpick to check if the’re done will not work; it does not come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares.

ENJOY!

Beef with green olives…and cinnamon!

You’ll love this recipe with cinnamon and Olé extra virgin olive oil.

Ingredients:

• 1 kg beef
• ½ kg green olives
• 3-4 ripe tomatoes
• 1 clove of garlic
• Cinnamon
• Salt, pepper
• 1 cup Olé extra virgin olive oil
Preparation:

1. Cut the meat into medium-sized pieces.
2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the meat until it browns.
3. Add the chopped tomatoes, finely chopped garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper and 1 cup of water.
4. Let simmer for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, put the green olives into scalding hot water and when the meat is half cooked, add them to the pan. Cook for another 30 minutes.

 

Shortbread Hors d’Oeuvres with Parmigiano Reggiano

Serves: 8 people

Ingredients needed:

1 cup of organic all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon Olé extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of chopped olives
1 cup of chopped prociutto
1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
1/3 cup of salted butter
1 3/4 cups of finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 Tablespoon of freshly-grated garlic
1 cup roasted pine nuts

Steps:
1. Mix the flour, butter, olive oil, cheese and garlic to make the dough (the dough will be a bit dry at this point).

2. Combine all the other ingredients and the dough in a bowl, adding a few tablespoons of water to moisten the dough, if necessary.

3. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight if serving the next day.

4. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

5. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

6. Roll out the shortbread on a floured surface until about 1/2” thick. Use a small glass or holiday cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place the shapes about 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

7. Bake in the oven until the shortbread is light brown, about 15 minutes.

8. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven. Serve the Hors d’Oeuvres fresh out of the oven, but cooled slightly, with a glass of Chardonnay. This is a classic French hors d’oeuvre, but it is even more tasty and healthy when it is homemade. If there are any leftovers (unlikely), store them in a metal box.