09 Nov

Olive oil enhances any dish

Wild mushrooms with garlic and parsley, made with extra-virgin olive oil, are sure to be a hit at the holiday table.

NEW YORK — Holiday’s are a time for welcoming guests to the table. This year, make a place for olive oil at your gathering — be it a casual buffet, multi-course dinner or simple get-together for small bites. Olive oils provide smooth, vibrant and bold tastes that enhance the flavor of any dish — from appetizers to desserts.

Olive oil from Spain is a favorite choice of leading chefs around the world, including award-winning chef José Andrés. The chef-owner of seven highly-acclaimed restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area and author of “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” (Random House) recommends elevating the flavor of any holiday meal by using olive oil in recipes that call simply for oil.

“The unique flavor of olive oil from Spain adds depth and richness to any holiday dish, whether it’s savory or sweet,” Andrés said. “Of course it’s great for sautéing, roasting or finishing dishes, but also try substituting olive oil for vegetable oil or butter when baking holiday cakes and cookies,” he said.

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