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Just as with the wine, pairing different food with different extra virgin oils will bring different flavours. Extra virgin olive oils open a wide range of possibilities depending on their aromas, colours, textures and flavours. You can decide if olive oil will complement the taste of your dish or create a contrast, it comes down to personal preference.
- Delicate olive oils pair well with raw and delicate (mild) tasting food.
- Medium olive oils pair well with white meats, vegetables and carbohydrates.
- Intense olive oil pair with dishes with already intense flavours such as hearty dishes and rich pasta.
- Flavoured olive oils are a great finishing touch to your dishes just before serving.
Food pairing chart - Extra virgin olive oil
|Raw meat||Pork||Game meat|
|Raw shellfish||Grilled meat||Lamb|
|Scampi||Sauteed vegetables||Goose liver|
|Grilled cuttlefish||Any pasta||Wild asparagus|
|Seasonal salads||Pizza||Bitter greens|
|Pesto||Fresh bread||Rich sauce|
|Sheep curd cheese||Soft cheeses||Spicy foods|
|Preparing desserts||Ice creams||Mature cheeses|
Food pairing chart - Flavoured extra virgin olive oil
|Caprese||Meat dishes||Salad dressing||Pasta|
|Summer salad||Fish dishes||Fish carpaccio||Mashed potatoes|
|Tomato sauce||Pasta||Various seafood||Eggs|
|Mozzarella||Vegetables||Chicken dishes||Beef carpaccio|
|Avocado toast||Dressings||Chocolate ice cream||Popcorns|
Ultimately you need to find what pairing suits you personally best.