Chef's Q(uick) Tips

using products from The Posh Gourmet
Chef's Q-Tips are courtesy Sandie Jarrett

 

Q-Tips Using Bread Dipping Oils and Dipping Sauces

Balsamic Vinaigrette is all the rage and for a delicious reason!  It is sweet, tangy, and compliments so many dishes.  For a new twist on this classic dressing, whisk in a tablespoon or two of our delicious Roasted Tomato & Balsamic Dipping Sauce.  This versatile sauce can be brushed on grilled chicken or fish, thinned with EVOO and then drizzled on vegetables, or used as a pasta toss. 

Roasted Tomato & Balsamic Dipping Sauce makes a tasty sandwich spread.  Made from  quality extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, cabernet and balsamic vinegars, tomatoes, capers and spices, our Roasted Tomato & Balsamic Dipping Sauce is a healthy alternative to mayonnaise.  For a delicious Panini Sandwich, brush one side of a thick slice of country bread with EVOO.  Fill the dry side of  the bread with sliced turkey and add a large dollop of Roasted Tomato & Balsamic Dipping Sauce. Top with another slice of bread, brush the top with EVOO and grill till golden brown.  A slice of Provolone can be added if desired.

Brush both sides of a thick slice of rustic bread with Provencal Grapeseed Oil Bread Dipper and grill in a Panini Press until golden brown.  Serve with pasta or a fresh vegetable salad. 

Q-Tips Using Olive Oils

To create your own bread dipping oil, pour a small puddle of plain olive oil or infused olive oil into a shallow bowl.  Now pour a splash of balsamic vinegar or infused vinegar in the center.  Sprinkle with a few minced herbs. 

Use your favorite infused olive oil or other gourmet oil when making Aioli.  You can't buy richness like this. 

Sauté chicken or shellfish in infused olive oil to add a delicious layer of flavor.

Create easy stir-fry meals by using infused oilsAdd a little grated fresh ginger to garlic infused oil  for a touch of the orient..

Sauté chicken or shellfish in flavor infused oil to add a delicious layer of flavor.

Drizzle cooked vegetables with flavored or infused oil to add a 'chef's touch'.

Sauté Chicken breast fillets in Lemon Olive Oil for a refreshing flavor.  Season with a sprinkle of 3-Lemon Pepper, and Lemon or Citrus Sea Salt.  Add fresh chopped Italian parsley and thyme.  Serve with rice pilaf. 

Q-Tips Using Infused Vinegars

Add a spoonful of fruit infused vinegar to sparkling water for a natural soda.

Drizzle cooked vegetables with infused vinegar to add a 'chef's touch'.

Q-Tips Using Pestos and Tapenades

Blend 1 part mayonnaise to 2 parts Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade or Roasted Bell Pepper Tapenade.  Use as a spread on  grilled chicken sandwiches!

Pour a puddle of extra virgin olive oil in a shallow bowl or saucer.  Add a couple of teaspoons or more of your favorite Tapenade to the oil.  Stir with a fork to blend.  Use as a dipping oil for chunks of warm Italian bread. 

Q-Tips Using Sea Salts, Seasoning Blends, and Peppers

If you love lemon pepper as much as I do, then give my healthier 'blend' a try!  In a little jar, combine delicious, crunchy Lemon Sea Salt - a blend of Mediterranean Sea Salt and lemon peel and Three Lemon Pepper.  It is so scrumptious - you'll find yourself using it over and over again.  Great on grilled chicken, fish, baked potatoes, and egg dishes.

Misc. Q-Tips

Store gourmet oil in light resistant containers such as ceramic oil bottles or dark glass to extend shelf life.

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