Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Meet Zucchi Gourmet Olive Oils and Enter Their Giveaway!

When you get a package like this in the mail, you know it's your lucky day! Read on to find out how you can win all 4 flavors of this amazing olive oil!

Zucchi was so generous to send me all 4 flavors (100% Italiano, Extra Virgin, Sinfonia and Sweet & Fruity) of their gourmet olive oil and their book, The Art of Blending, that unveils the secrets of extra virgin olive oil and the special process of naturally blending and infusing flavors into the oil. At the end of the book there are a few recipes, and unfortunately they aren't all vegan-friendly, but luckily they are easy to veganize if I ever want to try any of them and the rest of the book is pretty much vegan-friendly, otherwise. Definitely an interesting and sophisticated book and a good read.

Zucchi started out as a small family business and grew to become a major oil producer. "Oleificio Zucchi was founded in 1810 in the area near Lodi in northern Italy as a family business that produced seed oils for human consumption." Now large enough to be in their current 86,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the Cremona navigation canal, producing close to 400,000 gallons of packaged oil per day, Zucchi is a leader in all things olive oil, rightfully so. This company really cares about the quality and integrity of their olive oil, which is really important. 

Upon receiving my package, I knew these olive oils were special, it is obvious. The packaging is beautiful and decorative and I'm happy to be able to display them on my spice rack; they are just really pretty. I was immediately drawn to the Sweet & Fruity bottle. Then I thought of the perfect dish to use it in. Here is information from Zucchi and next will be my recommendations for using each flavor.

*correction "fresh white fishless"

I want to start by talking about the Sweet & Fruity. This is the perfect olive oil to drizzle over a light and crisp summery salad, especially one that has strawberries, peaches or apples in it. I am also really excited to use this oil for making homemade salad dressing!

The Italiano flavor is a strong and robust flavor. I would use this for practically anything, but definitely in any Italian dish. I can picture this oil being amazing in vegan lasagna casseroles or drizzled on top of vegan garlic bread. Yum!

Sinfonia is a light and all-purpose, multi-use oil. This is a great everyday oil and a healthier alternative to salad oil.

The Organic olive oil will definitely be my go-to oil. This oil is the perfect dipping oil. To make dipping oil, add some of this oil in a small bowl and mix in some minced garlic, a little onion powder, a bit of Italian seasonings, a few red pepper flakes, and some vegan grated parmesan cheese. A dipping oil is amazing to serve with soft, warm sliced bread, rolls or bread sticks. 

Final thoughts: I use olive oil every single day. I use it in my breakfast most days, and practically every snack or meal thereafter, on a daily basis. Zucchi olive oils are one of the best that I've tasted, and I consider myself a sort of olive oil connoisseur. You can tell a good quality extra-virgin olive oil by smell and taste - these Zucchi olive oils hands down win in both categories. These olive oils smell so good that they just do something to me; they move me. I want to make air fresheners out of them!

Neat little fact: you can scan the QR code on the side of the bottle of olive oil to trace the origin of the olives inside that bottle! Amazing! This is legit olive oil right here!

These olive oils definitely come in handy while preparing recipes from my cookbook, The Dirty Vegan Cookbook, many of which call for extra-virgin olive oil in them. A special thanks again to Zucchi for sending them for me to try. They are fantastic.

Zucchi is giving away 4 flavors of their world famous olive oil - click here to enter their giveaway.

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