The answer is: Both!
Rachael Ray celebrated a birthday this week, and to honor the woman who introduced "EVOO" into our lexicon, here's a list of unexpected olive oil recipes.
Lemon-Olive Oil Cake: Epicurious says this cake tastes differently based on whether you use regular or extra-virgin olive oil -- the perfect opportunity to experiment! The best part? It only has five ingredients!
Or, how about a really wild EVOO cake? Emeril's Cornmeal-Olive Oil Cake is served with poached peaches in rosemary-honey syrup; the infusion of rosemary makes it like no other dessert you've ever tried before.
Olive Oil Gelato: We can thank Mario Batali for this smooth and surprisingly delightful treat.
Olive Oil Pancakes: Epicurious says these cracker-like pancakes make a great snack -- and they are, especially when served with lots of cheese!
Olive Oil Muffins: Think olive oil is just for sauteing vegetables and dressing salads? These muffins will make you think again. And -- get this -- they have both olive oil *and* balsamic vinegar. Crazy! But good.
Extra Rich Brownies: Olive oil replaces butter to produce a healthier brownie. So, go ahead -- indulge a little.
Blueberry Mayo: Blueberry vinegar is clearly the star of the show here, but this mayonnaise wouldn't be possible without 1 1/4 cups of olive oil.
Grilled Watermelon Salad: Before summer is over, give this salad a try! Never thought you'd have watermelon on the grill, did you? But olive oil makes it possible.
Nutmeg Cookies: Olive oil and sour cream help these nutmeg-scented cookies come together.
What are your favorite olive oil recipes?
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