(Family Features) A holiday meal shared with family and friends is a special occasion, and it calls for special touches in the kitchen. Cooking with olive oil is one way to achieve exceptional flavors that taste as good as they are good for you.
Extra virgin is the highest quality of olive oil, meaning that the acidity level of the oil is low. Options range from light flavor profiles to more traditionally robust extra virgin varieties, depending on the type of dish you’re planning.
Extra virgin olive oil contains antioxidants, polyphenols and no cholesterol, making it a great addition to (or substitution for butter in) recipes savory and sweet. The strong flavors of Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil are best suited for marinades, pastas and salad dressings. Alternatively, the smooth, fruity taste of new Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil is ideal for more subtle preparations such as sautéing, sauces and stir-frying.
Keep these tips in mind when shopping for olive oil:
Select the oil for quality, not color. Olive oils come in a range of colors, from dark green to a light golden color, due to the type of olives included in the oil.
Look at the label for quality indicators. For example, Pompeian is the first and only national brand to carry the U.S. Department of Agriculture Quality Monitored Seal for extra virgin olive oil, reflecting rigorous testing for sensory, quality, purity and origin to ensure a quality product in every bottle.
Look for a bottle that’s dark in color, which helps prevent oxidation, keeping oil fresher, longer. Keep oil in your pantry, away from heat and light.
Find more tips and recipes for a delicious holiday meal at pompeian.com.
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