If your eyes cross when you reach the olive oil section and you eeny-meeny-miny-moe your pick, you'll love this decisive tip from Ina Garten. The Barefoot Contessa star fell for the light and lovely Olio Santo Extra-Virgin Olive Oil over 20 years ago and has been devoted to it ever since. So when her recipes call for "good olive oil," we all now know which one she really means — and you can use it too, since it's available at Amazon. It also makes a fabulous holiday gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite foodie. But a word of warning: This olive oil regularly sells out, so now is the time to add it to your shopping cart.
We first learned about Garten's fave after Bon Appetit studied her home studio kitchen (that's where the magic happens) and found it stocked with Olio Santo. The Contessa confessed to the mag: “I like California olive oil better than I like Italian. It’s fruitier. It doesn’t have that little turpentine-y edge, or bitterness from the olives. I use it for everything. I use it for sautéing. I use it for dipping. I use it for finishing a salad.
"My favorite one is Olio Santo," she continued. "I would say I’ve been using it for the 20 years that I’ve been writing cookbooks, but probably long before that too.”
Tastes great with everything
Olio Santo can be used on salads, in cooking, as a finishing oil or enjoyed simply with a fresh baguette. This oil is so versatile that Garten even called it one of the seven staple ingredients every home chef should have in the cupboard.
In fact, since 1997, the award-winning Olio Santo Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been one of the most respected California brands on the market, and each bottle is now harvest dated, so you can be assured it's the freshest possible oil.
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