Traditional Easter Pairings

Flavor Pairings for a Delicious Easter Meal

This month traditional Easter flavor pairings are top of mind. Spring brings with it fresh green grass, the start of farmers markets and of course Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies!

Here at Primo Oils we’ve put together several spring pairings of our favorite Olive Oils and Vinegars to help you put a unique twist on your Easter dinner. It’s hard to beat traditional Easter dishes like scalloped potatoes, balsamic glazed carrots, baked ham and spring peas. So we’re not going to even try to beat them. We’re going to join them by showing you ways to up your traditional dinner game with new flavor pairings.

Scalloped Potatoes

A standard dish for Easter and one that can be easily overlooked on your table. Let’s kick these potatoes up a notch by substituting Herbs de Provence olive oil for butter in your recipe. This gives an extra savory note to your potatoes.

If you’re looking for a good recipe we like Gimme Some Oven’s Scalloped Potatoes. This is a super traditional scalloped potatoes recipe. It’s great for Easter because you can prepare this dish ahead of time and heat it up in the oven when you’re ready.

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

We love using rainbow carrots that you pick up at the farmers market (or Whole Foods) to give your Easter dinner a colorful addition. Traditional balsamic carrots call for both olive oil and balsamic vinegar and we have just the pairing to jazz up this dish. We love using our Rosemary Olive Oil and Lavender Balsamic Vinegar. The sharp Rosemary flavor with the savory, herbal lavender will give your balsamic carrots a truly memorable twist.

Delish has a great glazed carrots recipe. In fact, they call this recipe the Best Balsamic Glazed Carrots recipe.

Baked Ham

Baked ham is such a deliciously easy main dish for Easter. We love this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. We swap out her use of a can of Dr. Pepper with our incredibly delicious Fig Balsamic Vinegar. Our fig balsamic gives a similar sweet tang as the soda but we think it’s a more distinguished twist to the recipe. And definitely follow her recommendation to glaze the ham several times while cooking. It really makes a difference.

Spring Peas

Spring Peas are light and fresh and the mint in this recipe from Epicurious gives a nice counter to some of the sweetness in the carrots and ham. Another standard Easter dish that makes this meal one of the easiest early prep meals ever. We suggest using our Eureka Lemon Oil for this Easter side.

So those are our recommendations for Spring pairings! These work wonderfully to share as hostess gifts, grown-up Easter Basket ideas or even to give out as wedding favors.

To your health!

Savor the Season with Primo Oils and Vinegars

Savor the Season with Primo Oils and Vinegars!

Tis the season to celebrate friends and family with food. Here at Primo Oils we would love to help you enhance your holiday favorites with our gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Sometimes you just want to put a new twist on a holiday favorite, like our Roasted Chicken Provence. Or maybe you’re looking for a new appetizer or side dish to surprise the palate. Whatever your culinary wish we would love to help you fulfill it.

Holiday Recipes

Our recipe database has a lovely selection of recipes that show off our gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Updating your recipe with a flavored olive oil or balsamic vinegar can help add a new and exciting flavor to some of your favorite foods. Are you having a relaxed gift exchange? Why not serve our Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Caramelized Onions, Fig Balsamic and Arugula. This is an excellent time of year for Figs and Arugula and nobody will be expecting a gourmet pizza to be served at your gathering.

Small Plates and Appetizers

Or you could serve several heavy appetizers or small plates for people to nibble on as the party progresses. Small plates are wonderful for holiday parties because people can mingle and chat. There’s also the bonus of not overloading your guests with too much food. It seems that everywhere you go during the holiday season people want to feed you. It’s nice to take a break and focus on a few small, delicious bites. The following appetizers served with Prosecco or flavored soda water would make a wonderful meal.

If these don’t suit your taste visit our recipes page on Primo Oils or stop in the store. We would love to help you pair our gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars with your favorite foods.

Desserts

What holiday gathering isn’t complete without dessert?!? We know we’re not alone in wishing that dessert was served first instead of last!

Primo Olive Oils and Vinegars are wonderful additions to this delicious course and sometimes can even be the main event. Have you tried using our Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar, reduced and drizzled over vanilla-bean ice cream? Or maybe make a batch of Blood Orange Brownies by substituting the oil with our Fused Blood Orange Olive Oil. We always love a good Olive Oil Cake. This recipe from Bon Appetite gets better with age and is perfect to keep on hand for guests that pop in for coffee or tea. Bonus Baking Tip! You can use your favorite flavored olive oil to make this recipe your own.

A Little Recipe Help

We’d love to help you customize your holiday meals. Stop into Primo Oils and we can help you enhance your favorite recipes with our gourmet olive oils and vinegars. We will even suggest some new favorite recipes of our own. And if you’re looking for just that one more unique gift idea or stocking stuffer we can help with that too. Primo Oils and Vinegars make great gifts! See our holiday gift guide here.

However you celebrate the holidays we hope that yours are full of good food, laughter, friends, and fun.

To your health!

Cranberry and Honey Glazed Spiral Ham With Sage and Mushroom Potatoes

Cranberry and Honey Glazed Spiral Ham With Sage and Mushroom Potatoes  

Ingredients

 

FOR HAM

  • 1  Spiral Ham
  • 1  2 Liter Vernors
  • 1 c. PRIMO Cranberry Pear White Balsamic
  • ½ c.  Honey

FOR POTATOES

  • 6  Red skin potatoes washed and quartered
  • 4 Tbsp.  PRIMO Sage and Wild Mushroom Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss potatoes with sage and mushroom oil, salt and pepper and arrange on a cookie sheet.

Place on lowest rack of oven.

 

Mix Vernors, Balsamic and honey in a deep roasting pan. Add ham and place on the top rack of the oven, basting every 15 min. Cook for 45 min. or until heated all the way through.  Potatoes and ham should be done at the same time.