Infused Olive Oil Trio

Infused Olive Oil Trio
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Infused Olive Oil Trio
Julie Ruggirello

Infused Olive Oil Trio

Infused olive oil is a delicious salad topper and excellent for dipping crusty Italian bread. Make a big batch and gift bottles of olive oil to all of your food-loving friends.

Notes

Store infused oils in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Ingredients

For the thyme-infused oil:

  • ½ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 4-ounce glass jar with air-tight top, cleaned and thoroughly dried

For the chile-infused oil:

  • ½ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 dried Thai bird chiles
  • 1 4-ounce glass jar with air-tight top, cleaned and thoroughly dried

For the lemon-infused oil:

  • 2 lemons
  • ½ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 4-ounce glass jar with air-tight top, cleaned and thoroughly dried

Directions

For the thyme-infused oil:

In a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat with half of the thyme sprigs until little bubbles begin to form, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the oil cool fully.

Meanwhile, stuff the remaining 3 sprigs of thyme into the glass jar. Strain the cooled oil into the jar. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the chile-infused oil:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil with 1 of the chiles until little bubbles begin to form, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the oil cool fully.

Meanwhile, stuff the remaining chile into the glass jar. Strain the cooled oil into the jar. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the lemon-infused oil:

Zest the lemons with a vegetable peeler, avoiding the white pith if possible.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil with half of the lemon peels until little bubbles begin to form, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the oil cool fully.

Meanwhile, stuff the remaining lemon peels into the glass jar. Strain the cooled oil into the jar. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Olive Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Olive Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.