Understanding Extra Virgin Kosher Olive Oil: What Sets It Apart?

Kosher olive oil is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine, offering a rich, versatile flavor that enhances a variety of dishes. From classic hummus to refreshing tabbouleh and succulent grilled fish, kosher olive oil brings authenticity and depth to your cooking. Here, we explore how you can use kosher olive oil in these beloved Mediterranean recipes.

Hummus

Hummus is a creamy, flavorful dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. Using kosher olive oil in this recipe ensures a smooth, rich texture and enhances the dish’s flavor profile.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher olive oil (Sonoma Farm’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • Paprika and additional olive oil for garnish

Instructions:

  • In a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute until smooth.
  • Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and salt. Process for another minute.
  • Add half of the chickpeas and process for 1 minute. Add the remaining chickpeas and process until smooth.
  • If the hummus is too thick, add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with additional olive oil, and sprinkle with paprika.

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a refreshing, herbaceous salad made with parsley, mint, tomatoes, and bulgur. Kosher olive oil adds a delightful, fruity flavor that complements the fresh ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup kosher olive oil (Sonoma Farm’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • In a bowl, combine the bulgur wheat and boiling water. Cover and let sit for 15-20 minutes until the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  • Add the parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions to the bulgur.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil. Pour over the salad and toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill before serving.

Grilled Fish

Grilled fish is a simple yet elegant dish where kosher olive oil plays a crucial role in achieving a moist and flavorful result.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 fish fillets (such as sea bass or snapper)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher olive oil (Sonoma Farm’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs (such as thyme or rosemary) for garnish

Instructions:

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Brush the fish fillets with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  • Place the fish on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve with lemon slices and garnish with fresh herbs.

Ready to elevate your Mediterranean dishes? Try Sonoma Farm’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cold-pressed and early harvested for the best quality. This exquisite kosher olive oil is perfect for all your culinary creations. Available in a 5-gallon (19-liter) food service size, it’s ideal for both home cooks and professional chefs. Experience the perfection that Sonoma Farm brings to the table.

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