Being of Italian heritage I was thrilled when I was offered to sample Pompeian OliveExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend oil. As part of Smiley360,
I was given one bottle of the OliveExtra to sample which is a blend of Canola, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, EVOO, and Grapeseed Oils.
Our family is already a big Olive Oil fan not only for the taste but also for the health benefits. OliveExtra Oils were developed by Pompeian to help replace the other oils like corn and vegetable. These blended varieties provide the cook with a great value, taste and higher smoke point than even olive oil. They even have some varieties that have an extra dose of Omega-3’s.
This oil was great. I used in as I would have used Olive Oil. I have not tried baking with it yet, but plan on trying one of the suggested recipes. You can subsitute butter for oil by cutting down the amount by one quarter. For example, recipe asks for 1 cup of butter you can use 3/4 cup of oil.
To be honest I have never tried cooking with olive oil but the blends will cut down that distinct flavor of olive oil.
Now for the cooking: I tired this oil in several small ways first, grilling veggies and in salad dressing. From the suggested recipes, I chose to try making artichoke hummus. Something I have never tried before. I had just recently bought some Tahini for another recipe I tried.
Tahini is probably the hardest thing to find out of all the ingredients, although my husband found it with just a little direction from me. You can usually find it in the ethnic aisle, near the greek, middle eastern ingredients.
Hummus is such a healthy snack that we eat from lunch to dinner at our house. Full of protein and good fats it is a great snack food and sandwich spread.
This is too simple to even write up but you toss everything in the food processor.
Process it until smooth and boom you have yourself homemade Hummus.
This hummus recipe was a little on the lemony side but very tasty. The hummus recipe suggests serving right away but I thought it would taste better if the flavors were able to meld a little bit in the fridge. I still have Tahini left so I will be trying different varieties.
So look out of Pompeian mixed oils next time you are at the grocery store.
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Artichoke and Lemon Hummus Recipe
What is your favorite Recipe hummus?
1 13.75 oz can artichoke hearts, , drained, rinsed and chopped
1 15 oz chickpeas,, chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
- 1. Place artichokes, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of the OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend oil, lemon zest, garlic and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until artichoke mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- 2. Place hummus in a serving bowl and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend oil and parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
I was not given any compensation for this review, only the product. All the opinions expressed are my own.