When Olivio asked me to feature ten of my recipes on their website, I was flattered but hesitant.
I had never used Olivio much less any other butter substitutes.
Why would a self-proclaimed purist like me use anything but butter or olive oil?
I asked them to send me some of their samples so I could try Olivio for myself. I warned them if I didn't like the product, I would have to decline their invitation. If it didn't taste good and react well under cooking, it didn't matter how much I appreciated their obvious pride in their olive oil heritage, their commitment to philanthropy and health described as "spreading the good," and the appeal that they are a scrappy little company competing against products with better name recognition and bigger marketing budgets.
When I received their product line -- Olivio Premium Spread, Olivio Light Spread, Olivio Spreadable Butter, and Olivio Buttery Spray, I got to work. I spread Olivio on a piece of toasted bread. I sauted some vegetables. I scrambled some eggs.
My conclusion? The spreads tasted great on bread, the Olivio Spreadable Butter was effective as a topping and also for cooking, and the Olivio Buttery Spray was super for spritzing. I particularly liked the Olivio Spreadable Butter, because it's like butter and olive oil rolled into one convenient package.
You can cook with all the products, but I personally thought the Olivio Spreadable Butter worked the best for cooking, along with the spray.
I'll explain why I developed the ten recipes below, but before I do that, I asked Olivio if I could do a giveaway so that you as readers could do the taste test yourselves!
If you're using a competitor product, this is your chance to find out once and for all which is better. If you're a purist but have thought about cutting back on your cholesterol, Olivio is definitely worth a try. If you're not using these products and are not worried about your cholesterol, then this giveaway falls under the "why not, it's free?" category.
Indeed, why not?
In other words, you all should participate in this giveaway!
To participate, comment on this blog entry or become a fan on my Facebook page and comment there.
I'd love to hear what you think and how you would use Olivio in your favorite recipes.
Tuscan Grilled Chicken Panini
My husband doesn't eat carbs, so having colorful, appetizing non-carb dishes is a plus in my house. I thought "zucchini pasta" would be pretty, healthful, simple and a good way to use Olivio Spreadable Butter.
When I went to the competitor websites to check out their recipes, they didn't appeal to me. I admit that I wanted to simplify my own recipes for the Olivio website, as I understand that most people may not be as fussy about cooking as I am. That said, there is something to be said for not stripping dishes of their personalities. This Bolognese sauce stays true to its roots, simmering the meat in milk to create a silky, soft texture. The soul-lifting harmony of beef, pork, veal, pancetta, milk, tomato, and parmigiano reggiano in the sauce always reminds me of my time living in Tuscany and the region's deserved reputation for the bounty of its fields and powerhouse culinary heritage.
Salsa Chicken Skewers
I didn't create this recipe specifically for Olivio, but this dish is exactly what I mean by "big," "bold," and "beautiful" food. It's one of my favorite things to make, because it's so easy and bursting with flavor. Olivio's buttery taste only adds to what was a stellar dish to begin with.
And last but not least is a little added benefit of reading this entry is that my 10th recipe is NOT on the Olivio website yet. Here it is!
I imagined healthy eaters are people who would like Olivio. I thought cinnamon sugar pita chips were a nice alternative for Olivio users who wanted a little sweetness without all the fat and calories. And can you get more economical than pita bread, a little cinnamon and sugar, and a few spritzes of Olivio Buttery Spray?
I hope you try Olivio through the giveaway and try my recipes. Enjoy!