Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cooking with Botticelli Olive Oil

I was contacted by Botticelli to sample some of their products which was very exciting. Coming from an Italian family, I really miss all the cooking and baking that went on in my home. I found I am a much better cook than I thought after my Mom passed away and I started cooking more often. I was amazed that cooking by my Mom's side I did learn a few things or two! Olive Oil is one of the best oils you can use, for just about anything. It is the only oil I use in my home. 

Here is some info from the Botticelli website: 

Botticelli Organic Extra Virgin contains only the best olives that are carefully selected for their high quality and flavor, and they are also pesticide-free. This delectable olive oil is the natural unprocessed product of the first cold pressing of olives, giving it a green color that is full of olive fruit flavor and characteristic aroma.

Botticelli’s Organic Extra Virgin olive oil is crafted according to International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) Standards, and can be used for cooking, sautéing, and as a topping for any dish.

We used to have fried fish for Christmas Eve dinner, the feast of the 7 fishes, and I just LOVE homemade fried fish. You can control the salt ( I use salt free bread crumbs) and you use olive oil for frying, it is a bit healthier. I purchased some fresh cod to make the fish, and what I do is freeze them in packs of 2 for when I want to enjoy them. Cooking for one can be a challenge, but I wish we had thought of this when my Mom was still here. It makes the house smell amazing as well.  
In my egg wash I add parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, pepper and in my breadcrumbs I like to add tumeric. The tumeric doesn't really do much for the flavor, it makes the crust a nice yellow color and it is very healthy for you.  
You dip the fish in flour, then egg and then breadcrumbs. I can make oysters this way as well and they come out amazing!
The Botticelli olive oil was very nice to cook with, and I plan on purchasing more in the future.  
Totally yummy and so golden in color!  
Botticelli has wonderful pasta and sauces which the pasta makes a great side dish to the fried fish. You could also top the fish with some mozzarella cheese and sauce for a different taste! Choose from one of six sauces: Marinara, Tomato Basil, Alla Vodka, Roasted Garlic, Fra Diavolo and Vegan-friendly Bolognese Sauce. 

You can notice a difference when you use good Italian products for your cooking. When you use quality ingredients, with only a few items you can have a most tasty meal. I think that is what I love about Italian cooking, simple, high quality ingredients are so darn good!! If you have not tried any products from the Botticelli line, I suggest you give them a try. You will not be disappointed! 


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