Olive oil is my favourite oil. Some people wonder: is it safe to cook with olive oil? Well, I’m here to tell you that yes, it is. However, just like with almost every oil, you should not cook it above its smoke point, which is around 190-215°C. You should try to choose extra-virgin olive oil for the recipes I’ve listed here, and remember not to let it smoke!
1) Italian-style bread dip. This is a super-simple recipe that is always a hit as an appetizer. You just fill a flat dish with a 2:1 ratio of olive oil to balsamic vinegar, grind some fresh black pepper over top, (add some hot peppers if you want a kick), and dip small pieces of focaccia bread (or pita bread, or sourdough, or any type of bread) in the mix. Delicious!
2) Spaghetti Aglio Olio. This recipe is also amazingly simple, but oh-so-delicious! Simply cook and drain some of your favourite spaghetti. While it’s cooking, fry some crushed garlic and oil at a low heat. Once the spaghetti is cooked, add it to the pan, toss with fresh black pepper, salt, and some dried oregano, and voilà! Spaghetti Aglio Olio. Do you have any recipes to add?