Recipe: Salmon Baked with Olé extra virgin olive oil & Herbs

Serves 4

This is a great and foolproof way to make a delicious salmon dinner.

The fish is basically poached in a very shallow pool of olive oil, protected from the heat by the oil below and a paste of herbs on top.

Together the oil and the herbs keep the fish from overbaking, so even if it cooks for 5 minutes too long, it will still be moist, tender, and falling apart on the fork.

Ingredients:
1 1/4-pound salmon fillet
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Olé extra virgin olive oil
Flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large shallot, roughly chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh dill fronds
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh flat-leaf parsley or tarragon leaves
Zest of 1 lemon

The Process:
Heat the oven to 250°F.
1. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil in a small baking pan, just large enough to hold the entire piece of salmon.
2. Lay the salmon skin-side down in the olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
3. Blend the shallot, dill, parsley, and lemon zest in a food chopper or small food processor.
4. Blend in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Pat this herb paste over the salmon.
5. Bake the salmon for 22 to 28 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon fillet).
6. To check for doneness, insert a fork into the thickest part of the fillet and gently pull. If the fish flakes easily, then it is done. If it is still gooey, and if the fork is difficult to pull out, bake the salmon for 5 more minutes and check again.
7. Serve with rice or fresh bread and a generous green salad.

Enjoy!!

 

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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!

 

Black Olive & Herb Loaf

Another delicious use for Olé extra virgin olive oil. This rustic olive and herb loaf is light-textured, flavorful, aromatic and crisp on top. These loaves make for a great accompaniment to hearty soups and stews.
Ingredients
• 1 1/2 tablespoons (about 2 packets) active dry yeast, or 1 tablespoon quick-rising yeast
• 2/3 cup lukewarm water, plus 2 1/2 cups hot (110-115°F) water
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 1/2 tablespoons Olé olive oil, plus more for brushing
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives, or 2 teaspoons dried
• 1 1/4 teaspoons (generous) dried oregano and dried thyme leaves, or 3 1/2 tablespoons finely minced fresh rosemary leaves
• 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
• 3 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour or white whole-wheat flour, (see Tip), plus a little more for dusting
• 2/3 cup well-drained, pitted and finely chopped flavorful brined black olives

Preparation

Step 1.
In a 1-cup measure, sprinkle yeast over 2/3 cup lukewarm water. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the yeast dissolves.

Step 2.
Place all-purpose flour, oil, sugar, chives, oregano and thyme (or rosemary) and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the 2 1/2 cups hot water with an electric mixer on low speed (using a paddle attachment if possible) until well blended and smooth. Slowly beat in the yeast mixture until evenly incorporated. Gradually raise the speed to medium (or almost to the point the mixture begins to splatter), and beat for 4 minutes if using a heavy-duty stand mixer or 5 minutes if using a hand mixer.

Step 3.
Using a large wooden spoon, vigorously stir whole-wheat flour and olives into the dough until evenly incorporated; it’s all right if the dough is slightly sticky and wet. Turn out the dough into a very large lightly oiled bowl. Lightly brush the top of the dough with olive oil until evenly covered. Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot (see Tip) until the dough doubles in bulk, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Step 4.
Generously coat 2 round 1 1/2- to 2-quart (6- to 8-cup capacity) ovenproof casseroles or souffle dishes with cooking spray. Coat your hand with cooking spray; press down the dough in the bowl, then divide it between the prepared baking dishes. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top of each; with your fingertips, smooth out the dough and evenly brush it with the oil. Sprinkle each loaf with about 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour until evenly coated. Loosely cover the dishes with plastic wrap. Set in a warm spot until the dough rises to the plastic wrap, 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the temperature of your room).

Step 5.
Remove the plastic wrap; let the dough rise until it’s about 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the rims, 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Step 6.
Transfer the loaves to the middle of the oven; avoid jarring, as they may deflate. Bake until the tops are nicely browned, about 30 minutes. Remove the loaves from the dishes (run a table knife around the edge to loosen if necessary), place top-side up on a baking sheet, and continue baking until they are well browned on top and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let the loaves cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Cut into thick wedges.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon & Olé Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. asparagus, preferably thin spears (about 2 bunches)
  • 1/4 cup Olé extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 to 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice; more as needed

 

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 450°F with rack in the center of the oven.
2. Snap off and discard the bottom ends of the asparagus spears.
3. Put the asparagus on a large, baking sheet and drizzle with the Olé extra virgin olive oil.
4. Gently toss the asparagus with the Olé oil until it’s evenly coated.
5. Distribute the asparagus evenly on the baking sheet.
6. Sprinkle generously with salt and roast until tender about 10 to 15 minutes.
7. Transfer the asparagus to a platter, toss with lemon juice, Olé extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste, and serve.

Enjoy!

Garlic Sauteed Kale & Tomatoes with garlic and olive oil

This kale sauté is a great starter. Try it served with salmon or grilled chicken.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
• 1/4 cup Olé extra virgin olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in halves
• 2 bunches of curly kale, stems removed, and chopped
• Juice of 1/2 a lemon
• Sea salt, to taste
• Cracked black pepper (to taste)

Steps:
1. Heat the garlic and Olé extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan.
2. Add the chopped kale and sauté until slightly wilted, about 1 minute.
3. Add the garlic and grape tomatoes.
4. Sauté for an additional 2 – 3 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
5. Add the lemon juice.
6. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste.Kale

Dark ChocOlé Olive Oil Gelato

Chocolate gelato and olive oil – together at last!

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups whole milk
5 egg yolks

1 ½ cups heavy cream
¾ cups sugar
½ cups double-dutch dark cocoa powder
4 ounces 72% chocolate bits or broken bars
¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Pinch salt
3 ounces Olé extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients but the Olé extra virgin olive oil in blender (must be capable of generating frictional heat of about 160F).
  2. Turn blender on to its highest setting and blend for 6 minutes
  3. While continuing to run on high speed, pour in the Olé extra virgin olive oil and process for 2 minutes. The mixture should reach a temperature of 185-195F.
  4. Pour mixture into bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours until well chilled. At this point, the custard can rest up to overnight before processing.
  5. Turn mixture into ice cream or gelato maker and process according to manufacturer’s direction.

Enjoy the heck out of it!

Mustard Asparagus Chicken Recipe

Serves:
2 people, can be increased as needed

Ingredients:
2 large bone-in chicken breast halves, cut in half again
1 tablespoon Olé extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 3 inch pieces
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 cup heavy cream
Fresh ground pepper

Directions:
1. Heat butter and Olé extra virgin olive oil in large deep skillet over medium high heat until melted. Add chicken and cook for a few minutes on each side until browned. Cover skillet, reduce heat to medium low and cook for another 15 minutes.

2. When chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, add asparagus and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove chicken and asparagus and set aside.

3. Add mustard and cream to skillet, raise heat to medium and stir until combined and heated. Return chicken and asparagus to skillet and stir everything around until well-coated with sauce.

4. Place chicken and asparagus on warmed plates, drizzle any sauce left in the pan on top and serve right away.

Enjoy!!