Olive oil is a staple in my kitchen. I use it every day and some days even at every meal. I actually keep a bottle on my kitchen counter so it’s always in reach. Olive oil has a wonderful mild flavor and it’s an incredibly healthy oil to consume daily, so it makes a great choice for my every day cooking.
Flavor of Life, the voice behind European Extra Virgin Olive Oil production and quality control, asked me to try out some European Olive Oil and create a tasty recipe using the olive oil. Along with an adorable bottle of European Olive Oil to try, I received some fabulous olive oil recipe cards and an olive oil dipping dish. Nearly all of my favorite recipe begin with olive oil, but I decided to share one that is my favorite go-to lunch, many times a week – Roasted Vegetables & Chicken Sausage Bowls! The European Olive Oil was so delicious in this dish. It brought out all of the flavors of the vegetables and enhanced the sausage flavor. I even drizzled a bit more on my finished dish, just for fun!
Cooking with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is cold pressed. This means the olive is pressed without using any chemicals or heat. It’s a perfect oil for all types of cooking and foods. It has a high smoking point, so it can be heated to 400 F degrees and used in sautes, stir fries or even light frying. It also works great to spread on a grill before adding your meat or vegetables. Use different olive oils depending on what you’re cooking. For lighter foods, like salads, fish, or eggs, use a lighter olive oil. If you’re working with stronger flavors like beef, ethnic foods, barbecue, then try a stronger olive oil. One of my favorite ways to use olive oil is in homemade salad dressings, like my Homemade Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe.
Choosing the Right Olive Oil for the Occasion
Keep a variety of olive oils on hand for all different occasions. Because of the vast climates and soils in Europe, the olives grown there are harvested at different times which create flavor differences. European Olive Oils make great options for keeping olive oil choices on hand. Spanish olives create oils a fruity, nutty flavor, and Italian olives are herbal and grassy in flavor. Greek olives produce a robust oil, but French olives create milder oils. Next time you head to the store, pick up some olive oils from various European areas and enjoy the vast variety of flavors you’ll have at your fingertips!
European Olive Oil Roasted Vegetables & Chicken Sausage Bowls
One of my very favorite ways to enjoy olive oil is in these Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Sausage Bowls. They are so full of flavor and a super healthy protein-packed lunch that will keep you full for hours.
- 1 lb of organic broccoli crowns, chopped
- 1 lb of Brussels sprouts, halved
(or substitute for your favorite veggies)
- 3 fresh garlic cloves, diced
- 1 lb sliced chicken sausage (I recommend Trader Joe’s Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage)
- 3 tbsp European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Parmesan Cheese, optional
Lay vegetables and garlic out on a baking sheet into a single layer. Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil over the vegetables and then use your hands to mix them and cover each piece in oil. Bake at 425 F for 20 – 25 minutes or until they are fork tender and beginning to char.
While the vegetables are cooking, saute the sausages in a pan 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium. Once they are browned on both sides, remove from heat.
Once the vegetables and sausage are finished, mix them together in a bowl and serve! Serve in a bowl and top with Parmesan if desired.
Be sure to save all of your leftovers for more lunches throughout the week!
What’s your favorite way to use olive oil? Share with us in the comments below!
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
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