(BPT) – A delightful fusion of flavors from around the globe can launch a culinary adventure that transcends borders and tantalizes taste buds. Three exceptional, yet easy to make, recipes will transport epicureans to different corners of the world, all while highlighting the quality, flavor, versatility and health benefits of one remarkable ingredient: olive oil.
From the fiery depths of an Asian-inspired Sriracha mayo and radish burger to the sun-kissed coastal flavors of grilled shrimp tostadas, and the wholesome, Mediterranean-infused harmony of farro with zucchini, peas and lemon, these dishes promise not just culinary delight, but also a wonderful opportunity to embrace the goodness of olive oil, a staple of heart-healthy, brain-nourishing and disease-protecting cuisine.
“Olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean diet,” says Marco De Feo, vice president of marketing of Filippo Berio USA. “It tastes great on its own and enhances the flavors of food cooked with it. Many consumers may not realize this, but different types of olive oil have different flavor profiles, which are fun to explore. This means there is an olive oil for almost any cuisine that will pair well with a specific food, whether that is beans, grains, vegetables, seafood or meat. We also have color-coded labels on our bottles that indicate each olive oil’s flavor profile, so you can find out which olive oil is best for things like grilling, sautéing and more.”
Olive oil can be substituted for less healthy, less sustainable cooking oils in almost any recipe, making it a great choice for fusion dishes. For people seeking a neutral-flavored oil, regular and light-tasting olive oils are a fantastic alternative to commonly used canola, corn and soybean oils. Regular and light-tasting olive oils have the same healthy, good fat as extra virgin olive oil, and they’re less processed than other neutral-flavored oils, which are often extracted using chemical solvents. Additionally, olive oil is non-GMO, as there are no genetically modified olive trees.
Novice cooks and pros alike can fasten their aprons, prepare their taste buds, and explore the world enhanced by the flavor of olive oil, one delicious recipe at a time.
Asian-Inspired Sriracha Mayo and Radish Burger
First up, the Asian-inspired Sriracha mayo and radish burger is sure to spice up a meal with Filippo Berio’s Robusto extra virgin olive oil. This delectable creation combines the rich umami flavors of a juicy burger with the fiery kick of Sriracha mayo, all perfectly balanced by the refreshing crunch of radishes. But the magic doesn’t end there — the olive oil in the Sriracha mayo not only adds a bold, luxurious texture but also brings with it healthy phenols and antioxidants. These compounds help make this burger a treat to the taste buds.
Grilled Shrimp Tostadas
Next, grilled shrimp tostadas provide a divine culinary journey and showcase the versatility of olive oil. Olive oil helps lend a deliciously mild flavor to the succulent shrimp. Another reason to reach for olive oil to make this Hispanic-inspired dish over other cooking oils is that emerging research suggests olive oil might act as a shield against memory deficits and Alzheimer’s, potentially slowing the decline in individuals with mild cognitive issues.
Also, when cut into quarters, the tostadas make for excellent appetizers!
Farro with Zucchini, Peas and Lemon Side Dish
For a side dish that’s as healthy as it is scrumptious, this side dish of farro with zucchini, peas and lemon delivers. The delightful medley of flavors in this dish can be relished for a reason beyond great taste: it’s a dish that represents a health-conscious choice that includes the fiber, iron, protein and magnesium in farro and the healthy monounsaturated fats in Filippo Berio’s Delicato extra virgin olive oil. Another Middle Eastern superfood, freekeh, may be substituted for farro, if preferred. To make the dish vegan, Filippo Berio’s Vegan Basil Pesto, certified by The Vegan Society, can be used.
Final Thoughts on Incorporating Olive Oil in Global Cuisine
Incorporating olive oil into these global recipes enhances their taste while fortifying the nutritional value, making them not just meals, but a celebration of health, flavor and diverse cultures. These dishes are a reminder that eating well can be fun with exciting global influences. More recipes and ideas are available by following @filippoberio_us on Instagram. Buon appetito!