Because olive oil is so versatile in the kitchen, I've learned to really enjoy and savor cooking with olive oil. You can use it to make salad dressing, dress up your sauteed sirloin tips and even learn to substitute for butter when making your favorite pastries and cookies to make it healthier.
We'll discuss tips on which olive oil can be used for different types of dishes and learn many ways to incorporate different types of olive oil in your everyday cooking.
For instance, EVOO may be great to use in your salad dressing but not great for frying.
Therefore, it's good to learn how to choose the right grade of olive oil for your cooking.
|Cooking||Best Oil(s) To Use|
|Salad dressings||Extra-Virgin Olive Oil(EVOO), Virgin Olive Oil|
|Sauteing||Virgin Olive Oil, Olive Oil|
|Marinating||EVOO, Virgin Olive Oil|
|Making Pastries||EVOO, Virgin Olive Oil|
|Making Soups and Stews||EVOO|
You can reuse the leftover olive oil after frying for another time but no more than 5 times.
I'm sure if you've been used to cooking with butter, particularly for making cookies, cakes and pastries, it's hard to think that you can substitute butter for olive oil. Every cooking show that I've ever watched on the Food Network that features baking, I have never seen any of the hosts using olive oil as a substitute for butter.
If you're interested in making a healthy change without compromising your taste of course, you might want to try substituting butter or margarine for olive oil. You might even come to embrace cooking with olive oil over time and make it a natural habit.
So, in order to make it easier for you to switch over, here is a conversion chart that might be helpful for cooking with olive oil...
|1 teaspoon||3/4 teaspoon|
|1 tablespoon||2 1/4 or 2 1/2 teaspoons|
|2 tablespoons||1 1/2 tablespoons|
|1/4 cup||3 tablespoons|
|1/3 cup||1/4 cup|
|1/2 cup||1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons|
|2/3 cup||1/2 cup|
|3/4 cup||1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon|
|1 cup||3/4 cup|
You can use it to drizzle on your salad to marinating meat for grilling. If you want to get the most benefit out of your olive oil, be sure to follow the general guidelines...
You can also just brush on your favorite EVOO on your garlic bread and broil to get that authentic garlic bread. Just sprinkle on some chopped garlic or garlic powder for added color and flavor.
But in cooking variety is key! There's nothing wrong with incorporating other oils for different types of dishes.
Canola oil is great substitute for all purposing cooking oil. It's also great for salads and baking.
There are also a wide variety of flavored extra-virgin olive oils that add not only flavor but other health benefits.