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Aug 9, 2011 06:55 AM

Expensive , High Quality , Olive Oil.... Now what?

I recieved some pretty expensive olive OIl as a gift and need some ideas. (MANNI OIL) I do not want to waste this oil , but have no idea what to use it on. Any Ideas?

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  1. get some really really good bread...dunk the bread in the oil....

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    1. re: Monica

      I second the motion...good Italian bread, of course.

      1. re: Monica

        Yes, bread as a delivery agent for the oil because drinking it straight from the bottle is socially unacceptable. darn.

        1. re: wyogal

          Funny I just had a conversation with my wife about this. She doesn't like to dip bread in oil. Doesn't like fat and just wants the bread. For me the bread is a vehicle to deliver the oil. It's all about the oil. And I do like bread but as you stated, it is socially unacceptable to drink it if you are not doing a tasting. Even with tastings they provide bread. Just give me the cup

      2. Okay, step one...

        Cut a hole in a box.

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          1. The best oils are made to stand alone. You should not use them as cooking oils. Drizzle them over vegetables or in a simple vinaigrette - or, as Monica suggest, enjoy with a good crust of bread.

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            1. re: ferret

              it's tomato season. this is the oil for a great caprese. do not waste it in cooking: good bread and sea salt, sliced tomatoes, heaven.

              1. re: teezeetoo

                Where's the fresh mozzarella to complete the Insalata Caprese along with 'basilico fresco tagliato a brandelli' (fresh basil cut into shreds)?

            2. Don't cook with it. Drizzle it on everything.

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              1. re: joonjoon

                "Don't cook with it. Drizzle it on everything."

                Absolutely. Vegetables, fruits, salads, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh ricotta. Make a pesto! Go wild!!! :)

              2. I third (or fourth) the drizzling. A neutral background will really allow the oil to shine if that's what you want - homemade ricotta or imported burrata are both divine drizzled with olive oil and spread on crostini (or just spooned into your mouth straight!). A salad of baby greens and/or herbs with the oil and a touch of good balsamic.