Holiday Gift Idea: Infused Olive Oil
I was trying to come up with a holiday gift for two very special people in my life. I work with them every day yet whenever I see them I always feel like there’s more to talk about. And when I don’t get to see them for a few days, it feels like a lifetime. It is also not a coincidence that they, like me, love food.
As I was cooking away, I realized that I could make infused oils that can be used either as cooking oil or bread dipping oil over the holidays. There are so many possibilities but I decided on a chili garlic olive oil and a rosemary garlic olive oil.
- 4 whole garlic heads, whole cloves peeled
- 5 cups of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 10- to 12-oz bottles
- 1 tbsp. of dried chili flakes
- 3 dried Thai chili peppers
- kitchen string
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- Funnel (to pour oil into the narrow jars)
- (This recipe makes 2 rosemary garlic infused olive oil bottles and 1 chili garlic infused olive oil bottle)
- Take roughly half of the whole peeled garlic cloves and mix them with lime juice in a small bowl for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Strain the garlic lime mixture but preserve the lime juice. Put the garlic cloves in a shallow oven-safe dish, then pour enough olive oil to cover the garlic cloves completely.
- Roast garlic oil in oven for 30 minutes.
- Add the remaining half of the garlic cloves evenly into the three bottles. Add dried Thai chili peppers and chili flakes to one of the bottles. Add 2 rosemary sprigs to each of the two remaining bottles.
- When roasted garlic is done, strain hot oil into a bowl and preserve garlic separately for another use. Store the roasted garlic in a container with some olive oil in the fridge. Roasted garlic is great as a spread on bread or be used to cook chicken.
- Add preserved lime juice to the hot olive oil. Then add 3 cups of olive oil to the mixture. Stir oil to mix well.
- Using a funnel, pour warm olive oil into each of the three bottles. The temperature of the oil will help absorb the flavors of the rosemary and chili.
- Tie kitchen string or ribbons around the necks of the bottles. That's it!
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