As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I got the opportunity to sample three olive oils from Crisco: Light Tasting, Pure and 100% Extra Virgin. Since I use olive oil often, I was excited to give them a try. But then I wondered...what would I possible do with these three olive oils? What's the difference?
Well, thanks to the handy little labels on each bottle, Crisco answered that very question for me and then some. Light Tasting is best for frying, baking and as an everyday cooking oil. Pure is best for grilling, sauteing and marinades. 100% Extra Virgin is best for dipping, dressing and sauces. To give a true test, I decided to remake a couple of old favorite recipes using Light Tasting and Pure, and to make a new recipe for you using 100% Extra Virgin.
Since Crisco's Light Tasting olive oil is great for baked goods, I decided to remake my Rosemary Cornbread, but this time as muffins. The oil had little to no fragrance and was otherwise very nice to use. The result? These muffins were fantastic! This was the best batch of Rosemary Cornbread yet, so I'm very pleased with the Light Tasting olive oil.
Given that Crisco's Pure olive oil is ideal for marinating and grilling, it will definitely be popular around this house. I decided to remake Mustard Rosemary Chicken, but this time we grilled the marinated chicken breasts (i.e. not on skewers). The result? Delicious! We both remarked about how this chicken was one of the best we've had. Another score using Crisco's Pure olive oil!
100% Extra Virgin
Crisco's 100% Extra Virgin olive oil is best for dipping, so what better way to test this than by making a dipping oil. This recipe was inspired by a little pamphlet that came with the oils. Rosemary Parmesan Dipping Oil is simple, quick and easy to make, and tastes incredible! Three for three...thanks Crisco!
Rosemary Parmesan Dipping Oil
Yields 4 servings
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, such as Crisco® 100 % Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced (or grated)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1-2 tablespoons grated or finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Crusty French or Italian Bread
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.
- Pour into serving saucer(s) and add Parmesan cheese.
- Serve with crusty bread.
Disclaimer: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was provided with a bottle of each of the above named Crisco olive oils for free. The details of my experience are exclusively my opinion, and I was not otherwise influenced or compensated.