By now I think most people understand my love for sauces. And this post of recipes will not disappoint the sauce-addicts of the world! The J. Olive Co. Neapolitan Herb Balsamic and Garlic Olive Oil is the perfect combo to make a rich and tangy flavor to any comfort food recipe. In this post we have Red Beans & Rice and a “ketchup,” Oven “Fried” Green Tomatoes with Comeback sauce, Roasted “Everything” Eggplant and yellow squash, and Balsamic Potato Hash! Let’s get cooking!
For this pairing I decided to go less savory and more on the sweet “treats” side. The J. Olive Co. Cascadian Wild Raspberry White Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil are wonderful on top of fruit or any salad. You could even use this pairing to flavor up a smoothie! Two of my favorite recipes from this pairing came from inspiration from 2 of our Clean Kitchen Coaches! Coach Michael had the clever idea to turn cantaloup into a Cantaloup frozen sorbet, and Coach Kellar’s Orange Almond Muffins got a raspberry-twist re-vamp, Raspberry Muffins! This wouldn’t be a CK recipe post if we didn’t throw in some veggies with Warm Red Cabbage Salad. Our last treat is Crock Pot Apple Sauce!
A good sauce is everything to me…really. This combo created a sauce that is so versatile! The J. Olive Co. Cranberry Pear Balsamic and Persian Lime Olive Oil is one combo you will get so much use out of. I made a sweet and sticky hot sauce, a divine Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with a chicken salad, a sweet potato mash, even a Strawberry Compote with oatmeal! I went all over the place with different ideas. Let’s dig in!
There are a number of reasons why you should make this sauce.
It literally took 2 minutes to mix and 5 minutes to simmer. DONE.
It taste so rich, but does not use ANY added sugar or ANY kind. No honey, no agave, no maple, etc. but you won’t miss it. The minimal sugar is does have would come from the little bit found in the sweetened Espresso Vinegar and the tomatoes in the salsa.
I am pretty sure you do not even have to cook it and it would taste just fine. The heat just helps it thicken.
This combo = FLAVOR BOMB. Maybe it’s because I made so many different meal ideas using the same ingredients, but came out with 3 different flavors. I did a sweet bite, Korean-inspired Bibimbap, and American BBQ—the sauuuuuuuce and I gave you 3 different uses for just the sauce! You will get a lot of use out of this combo. The J. Olive Co. Espresso Balsamic reminds me a lot of a deep chocolate flavor and the J. Olive Co. Harissa Olive Oil (new flavor!) has a smokey, but not too hot kick. The Harissa could be subbed out for Chipotle (smokey and mild) or the Baklouti (extremely hot). This combo is perfect for savory or sweet recipes and I have served you up with both! Let’s begin.
We will start with a dessert of sorts…
Walnut Butter and Apples
This is so simple I can’t believe I have never tried other nut butters. Honestly, this could work with many other J. Olive Co. dark balsamics! I used walnuts just because of the healthy Omega-3 essential fats it offers. Check out a quick video on how I made the walnut butter!