Why You Should be Finishing Your Cooking with Olive Oil
If you have ever been to Italy or anywhere in the Mediterranean, you know that when they finish preparing a meal they top it off with a high-quality extra virgin olive oil. It is a chef’s flavorful finale for the meal they have prepared. Not only is it flavorful, but it also has health benefits as well. A high-quality extra virgin olive oil like the ones we sell at Verde Valley contain a huge amount of Vitamin E, other polyphenols, and nutrients. When you cook with olive oil, a lot of these vitamins and nutrients get passed into the food being cooked, which can’t be said for other cooking oils.
How to Use a Finishing Oil
Finishing a dish with extra virgin olive oil simply involves drizzling a little on the dish just before serving. Just like adding syrup to a pancake, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil can add a lot of flavor to grilled steak, chicken, fish, steamed vegetables, or potatoes. It will also move you away from standard American cooking, and make your dishes more versatile and unique while adding the health benefits olive oil provides.
A cooked chicken breast can be dry; that’s why there is typically a sauce that goes on top of it. Dark meat chicken tastes better because the meat contains more chicken fat, but lean white meat chicken while healthier leaves a dry feel in the mouth. Finishing chicken breasts with a generous drizzle of a mild to medium olive oil, for example, our Fresh Basil Olive Oil or our Rosemary Olive Oil, a bit of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of herbs creates a succulent and flavorful dish that is moist, simple, and healthy.
Our premium Verde Valley Olive Oils are a wonderful finisher when you want to add a touch of European flair to a dish. The possibilities are endless. Finish your favorite dish with a drizzle of your favorite Verde Valley Olive Oil and taste the difference yourself! Contact us today or swing by our Cottonwood or Jerome locations to taste our unique blend of olive oils and balsamic vinegars!