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Cooking With Mint Olive Oil

By Liz Strauss
on February 28, 2020

Cooking With Mint Olive Oil



After simultaneously crushing olives and mint leaves using traditional granite millstones in Italy, our Mint Olive Oil provides a deliciously fresh flavor.
That's why we suggest trying our Mint Olive Oil in some recipes
you may already be making!
Whether you’re planning your St. Patrick’s Day party, thinking ahead for Easter,
or just want to try something new, these three recipes provide the most unique take on your favorite dessert or dish.
 
Recipe inspiration from The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover's Cookbook 
by Emily Lycopolus
 

Mint Dark Chocolate Brownies 

Looking to put a spin on your everyday-brownie? How about mint chocolate?
We thought so.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Mint olive oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp Dark Chocolate dark balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
 
Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 
In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the olive oil with the sugar. Add the eggs and balsamic and stir just until blended. Sift the cocoa, flour, and baking powder, and salt into the oil/sugar mixture. Be careful not to overmix and beat in too much air – otherwise, they’ll turn out too dense and be more like cake than brownies.
(Optional: Mix in your desired amount of chocolate chips)
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until the brownie just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Cool completely in the pan before cutting. 
 

Mint & Lavender Lamb Chops

The mixture of mint and lavender is perfect for this time of the year.
Why not give one of the simplest, yet most impressive dishes a try and show off to your family and friends. You'll thank us later!  

Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves minced
2 Tbsp Mint olive oil
2 Tbsp Lavender dark balsamic vinegar
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
4 (1/2 – 3/4 lb each) frenched lamb chops
2 Tbsp finely chopped mint leaves, divided
 
Instructions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, olive oil, balsamic, and Dijon.
Place the lamb in a shallow dish and drizzle with the marinade, turning to coat both sides. Place 1 Tbsp of the mint leaves on top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours, or up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Bake the chops, uncovered, for about 20 minutes,
turning halfway through cooking time. 
Sprinkle with the remaining mint before serving.

 

Mint Tzatziki

You probably didn't know you needed this, but try replacing the mayo on your sandwich with this tzatziki. Other ideas are to dip your roasted potatoes in it or pair with your lamb burger for Easter Lunch.

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber
2 tsp sea salt
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus a sprig of dill for garnish
1 Tbsp chopped mint leaves
2 Tbsp Mint Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice

 

Instructions:

Peel the cucumber, slice it lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Grate it into a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth and set over a bowl.

Add the sea salt, toss well, and let drain at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge. Squeeze the cucumber really well to get out as much water as possible. (You can pop a weight on top of the cucumber if you'd like.)

Mince the garlic, then use a mortar and pestle to mash it to a fine paste.
Mix the dill and mint with the garlic, gently mashing them together.

Scoop this mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the drained cucumber and olive oil and mix to combine. Stir in the yogurt, balsamic, and lemon juice.
Season to taste with salt. Garnish with a sprig of dill before serving.
Serve with pita chips, crackers, sliced cucumbers, or use as a condiment!

(Note for leftovers: This will keep for 2 days in the fridge in an airtight container!)

 

 

And there you have it!
 Mint Olive Oil works wonders in some of our everyday foods.
Enjoy your new favorite recipes and let us know how you like them in the comments below!

 

 

Pictures for illustration purposes only; actual recipe results may vary.

Our Staff Picks Might Be Yours Too

By Liz Strauss
on November 25, 2019

Our Staff Picks Might Be Yours Too

 Here at Port Plums, we have over 65 different olive oils and vinegars. 

Could you imagine trying to pick a favorite?
Luckily, we are here to guide you!
All of our staff members have a favorite and want nothing more than for you to try them!

 


Katie Shernan, Co Owner
“I love the versatility of this balsamic! It's delicious on sweet and savory dishes but my favorite way to use it is in a simple dressing with olive oil,
Old World Gourmet mustard, salt, and pepper.”
Aged up to 18 years in chestnut, oak, mulberry, and ash barrels, this robust balsamic is a perfect pair to just about any of our oils. It even tastes great on its own with your favorite vegetables, meat, and fruit.
   

 



Karen Shernan, Co Owner

“I like the Lemon Fused Olive Oil because it makes a great light base for a salad dressing, is wonderful for cooking seafood and roasting spring vegetables. I also use it as my body oil in the winter when my skin is dry!”
As it’s harvested and produced using traditional granite millstones in Italy, the Lemon Fused Olive Oil is a premium fresh pick for our staff. Produced by crushing the olive and lemons simultaneously in the same press with no added essences, the essential oils from the lemons harmonize with the oil of the Coratina olives. We especially love that these olives are hand-harvested by the producer in Andria near the Adriatic Coast. This oil works well drizzled on top
of sautéed vegetables, a green salad, or can even be used to
make a homemade aioli!


Maggie Griffin, Store Manager & Social Media
“My favorite vinegar in the whole store is the pineapple balsamic. It's sweet but tangy and awesome mixed into a cocktail with coconut rum. Also great drizzled over grilled fruit, steak tips, or just as a salad dressing. I recently added it to some salsa that my mom made with mango, black beans, and avocado and it was amazing! I’m pretty sure my dad licked the bowl clean.”
This staff favorite makes a delicious addition to marinades and dressings, pairing perfectly with our Chipotle Olive Oil or Harissa Olive Oil for a smoky and spicy flavor. If you’re a fan of grilling, this might also be your new favorite! It also pairs nicely with our Dark Toasted Sesame Oil for an Asian flair.
  

Leighann Richards, Store Manager & Buyer
“I love to use this one for a bright simple vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea salt and pepper!”
Our Champagne Vinegar sources from the Ardenne region of France, giving us the crisp, creamy, and acidic essence to our favorite recipes. You may try it with vinaigrettes, marinades, sauces, homemade mayo or aioli. It’s even great for pickling and preserving!


Liz Strauss, Content Writer & Sales Associate
“What I love most about this oil is that it allows me to add a superfood to just about any of my dishes. Whether I’m cooking with it or just using it as a dressing, it adds that extra nutritious and yummy boost some meals might be lacking!”
This 100% pure, all-natural, and handcrafted oil is made from premium avocados. Its buttery sensation can’t help but project its richness, yet it leaves no overwhelming flavors like you would expect. While you can use this oil with uncooked foods, we would also recommend cooking with it because of its high smoke point compared to olive oils.


Emily, Sales Associate
“I use all of the dark balsamics, but the raspberry is always my go-to. It has a wide variety of uses from something as a simple as a salad dressing, in a smoothie, or even drizzled over vanilla ice cream.”
Both delicate and fruity, this dark balsamic pairs nicely with any salad, yogurt, granola, meat, or even works as a glaze or in a marinade! Its sweet and tartness works well on its own, but is also commonly paired with our Persian Lime Oil.

Eleni, Sales Associate
“My favorite is the Cranberry Pear Vinegar because of its light and sweet flavor. I love to use it on oatmeal and as a dressing for salads.”
This happens to be our most popular white balsamic. Because of its crisp, tart flavor, it compliments any green salad, chevre, or vanilla yogurt perfectly. We also like to use it in mixed drinks!
(Be sure to check out our holiday cocktail recipe blog!)



Shannon, Sales Associate
Pesto Infused Olive Oil
“My favorite olive oil is the pesto infused oil. As a big fan of the basil, parmesan, and garlic combo, I love to drizzle it over pasta or use it for bread dipping.”
Looking for a new approach to pasta? With its fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic flavors, our pesto infused olive oil tastes delicious drizzled over not only pasta, but also homemade focaccia, white pizza, Caprese salad, grilled eggplant, or even just for bread dipping!
 
Now that you have an idea of what we recommend, it's the perfect time to swing by and see for yourself.










Photos by Maggie Griffin

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