Welcome back, today we will talk about another aspect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and we will talk also about Italian traditions and food.
Usually in Italy the new Extravirgin Olive Oil is ready around November, and many parties have always been organized in many different areas of the peninsula to celebrate new Olive Oil, furthermore, the new Olive Oil since it’s being prepared in autumn, just in time for Christmas gifts, is considered a very precious gift in our country, first of all for its meaning: Giving olive oil means giving great wealth, it is fruit of a long-lived plant, which symbolizes peace and harmony, and giving it means wishing this harmony; and then because it is a very tasty gift that is the basis of all Italian cuisine and it is able to enhance Italian food from north to south of the peninsula.
Although there are hundreds of dishes that could be prepared to taste the new oil, but I always suggest choosing the simpler ones.
Less flavors are mixed with EVO Oil and the more easily you will be able to taste it, feel its authentic flavor and understand if it is a quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The recipe we recommend today is a Crostone based on ricotta cheese, dried tomatoes, pine nuts and of course Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
You will need some slices of bread to toast, they must be very thick, about 1-2cm, then some pine nuts to be toasted, some dried tomatoes to be cut into strips and finally the ricotta cheese which will be creamed with a pinch of salt, black pepper and your Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Once the slices of bread are toasted, pour a little EVO Oil over it, add some ricotta, put some salt and pepper, the dried tomatoes, garnish with a few toasted pine nuts and finish with a last drizzle of EVO Oil and enjoy!
It will be a delicious aperitif perfect to combine with an excellent glass of white wine, of course…Italian wine.
Let us know if you liked this recipe and if you will try it!
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