Selecting an olive oil to pair with food is similar to choosing a wine that will compliment your meal. You are aiming for flavors that will compliment one another, without overpowering the main flavors of the dish.
Sometimes a contrasting flavor is nice when tasting the ingredients separately, such when drizzling a robust oil over fresh mozzarella or creating a dipping sauce for sourdough bread.
The many tastes and aromas of olive oil makes it attractive to cooks who are looking for taste sensations to match each meal.
Olive oils come in a variety of tastes, colors, and different aromas. Tastes run from grassy and fruity, to peppery or nutty. We usually recommend tasting different olive oils to see what works best for your cooking and dipping needs. There basically two major ways to pair olive oil with different foods, the complimentary or contrasting method.
Blending two similar ingredients which don’t overpower the primary flavors of the dish:
Using contrasting flavors has you tasting each ingredient separately, which can add a complex interest like drizzling a robust olive oil over fresh mozzarella or a flavored olive oil over melon.
Some simple guidelines to follow in choosing olive oils for your kitchen:
Tastealotta has an olive that will meet your cooking and tasting needs. Come in and taste all our wonderful olive oils and take home your favorites to inspire your cooking to new levels.
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