Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuna Panino with Italian Salsa Verde {Pompeian Olive Oil Product Review}



When I was approached to review Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil I thought "Sure I would love to give it a try", but I really thought there wouldn't be much of a difference from the brand I use normally. 

Was I wrong? 

Yup! I couldn't have been more wrong. 




The flavor was lovely, not bland and oily like other oils. It has a wonderful fragrance as well. I enjoyed it just plain on a bit of bread. I can't wait to use it to make some infused olive oils. I know the flavors of rosemary and garlic would mix perfectly with it!

Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first olive oil to be approved for the USDA quality-monitoring program! USDA quality monitoring program verifies the purity and quality of the olive oil through rigorous USDA product testing and review of production processes.

I chose this recipe because I knew that Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil wouldn't “weigh down” my tuna salad with a heavy olive taste.



The cast of characters

FYI - Did you know Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, olive oil can lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure while stabilizing blood sugar levels and reducing inflammation in the body?


Mash up the garlic, red pepper, salt, black pepper, and lemon zest.

Have you heard the reports that olive oil loses it healthy qualities when you heat it? Well the reality is that when any oil reaches its smoke point (about 410 degrees for olive oil), it will degrade, oxidize (a process that damages the fat molecules), and partially hydrogenate, creating harmful trans fats. 

But you don't need to get oil that hot to sauté vegetables (300 degrees) or even to fry breaded items (340 degrees)!



Whisk the mashed garlic mix with the lemon juice, then olive oil until blended. Stir in parsley, capers, and anchovy paste.

Myth: You Cannot Use Olive Oil to Deep-Fry Foods

Fact: Despite olive oils lower fat content compared to other oils and therefore, low smoke point, olive oil is an excellent option for deep-frying. While deep-frying with olive oil would be more expensive than with other oils, it is possible and would add excellent flavor to your foods.


Mix together the oil, some salt and pepper, the tuna and lemon juice and zest in a bowl.

What makes olive oil virgin or extra virgin?

Virgin refers to "first". Virgin oil usually refers to the first batch of oil that is extracted after the first cold press. It is generally a little thicker and more stable under hotter conditions (cooking). "Extra virgin" refers to the very first cold press of the olives


Tuna Panino with Italian Salsa Verde


For the Salsa Verde:
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lemon, juiced and zested
3/4 cup Pompeian extra-virgin olive oil
1 good handful of Italian parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped
2 tablespoons anchovy paste


Mix the garlic, red pepper, salt, black pepper, and lemon zest in small bowl.

Using a mortar and pestle or a small bowl and a wooden spoon, mash mixture to paste. Whisk in lemon juice, then olive oil until blended. Stir in parsley, capers, and anchovy paste. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.

For the Tuna Panino:
2 cans Italian tuna packed in oil
1 tablespoon Pompeian extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced and zested
Kosher salt 
Cracked black pepper
Sliced tomato
Butter lettuce
4 panino rolls or other crusty rolls like ciabatta, sliced


Mix together the oil, some salt and pepper, the tuna and lemon juice and zest in a bowl. Stir with a fork to combine. Season, keeping in mind that the salsa verde will be salty.

Place a few leaves of butter lettuce on the bottom of the sandwich roll, then sliced tomato. Spoon 1/4 of the tuna onto the tomato, then drizzle with the salsa verde. Top with the other half of the roll.

ENJOY!!


For more Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil & USDA quality monitoring information, click here

For some cooking inspiration, visit the Pompeian Recipe Page

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Disclaimer - This review is party of a Smiley360 campaign. I was compensated and received free product for this review.I was not encouraged or contracted to give a positive review but my own experience and opinion.



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