Olive oil is one of the most versatile oils made. Not only is it a healthy option for cooking, but an incredible oil that stands on its own. Olive oil is great by itself, but pairing it with bread or cured meat on a Charcuterie tray takes it over the top.
Although a homemade toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and drizzled with a good quality olive oil is nothing to dismiss; there are other ways to enjoy a good quality olive oil on your Charcuterie tray.
Although a homemade toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and drizzled with a good quality olive oil is nothing to dismiss; there are other ways to enjoy a good quality olive oil on your Charcuterie tray. Pour two to three different styles of olive oil into small ramekins and place with your meat and bread for dipping.
Have guests look for the differences in color and taste between an extra virgin and a regular olive oil. Offer tasting notepads for your guests to make the experience more enticing. With a guideline for your guests on what to smell and look for, guests will begin to recognize the notes of the different oils. Some may be nutty flavored, while others may have hints of apple.
Serve Bresaola drizzled in olive oil and fresh lemon juice, accompanied by a bowl of capers. Add a variety of marinated olives, alongside a good, hard Parmesan or Romano cheese to the platter.
Place small bowls of the tried-and-true pairing of olive oil swirled with a good quality balsamic glaze. Have guests tear off fresh pieces of bread to dip into it.
Make fresh bread for the party, so guests will smell fresh bread as soon as they arrive to the party. There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread coming out of the oven. Make guests feel welcome with a tray of buttery Chardonnay to greet them at the door and enjoy!