Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club

Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs with Peppers and Feta

My wife, Meghan, and I love to make breakfast when we’re not traveling on behalf of the Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club. Eggs scrambled with peppers is one of our favorite meals, and we’ll have it for brunch or even supper if the day has gotten away from us. Peppers and feta are delicious additions—experiment with various cheeses and veggies to make this dish your own.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (or hot pepper if you’re adventurous), stemmed, seeded, and diced 
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Coarse kosher or sea salt
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for serving 

Directions

Step 1

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the peppers to the pan and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Step 2

Add a pinch of salt to the eggs, then pour into the skillet. Use a rubber spatula to move the eggs around, cooking them slowly until curds form. (Do not let the eggs brown.) Transfer the eggs to two plates. Top with the feta and drizzle with additional olive oil. 

Yields enough shrub for 4 to 6 drinks depending on the fruit.

Shrub

Shrub is an old-fashioned sugar and vinegar syrup that’s having a renaissance. Enjoy it as a fabulous twist for Bellinis and mimosas. For a nonalcoholic alternative to lemonade and other coolers, pour two tablespoons over crushed ice in a tall glass and fill with seltzer. Add a jigger of gin to turn it into a variation of the classic Tom Collins.

Ingredients

For the shrub:

  • 8 ounces fresh fruit, such as blackberries or peach chunks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Gölles Apple Balsamic Vinegar

For each aperitif:

  • 4–5 ounces sparkling wine, such as prosecco or champagne 
  • Berries or lime slice for garnish

Directions

Step 1

To make the shrub, mash the fruit into the sugar in a glass measuring cup or bowl, cover, and put in the fridge overnight. The next day, mix in the vinegar and chill again for a few hours. Strain the mixture into a clean jar or small pitcher, pressing on the fruit to extract as much juice as possible. Taste and add more vinegar for tartness or more sugar for sweetness. Because the vinegar acts as a preservative, the shrub should last for weeks in the fridge.

Step 2

To make each aperitif, pour two tablespoons of the shrub into a champagne glass and top it off with sparkling wine. Garnish with berries or a lime slice. 

Yields enough shrub for 4 to 6 drinks depending on the fruit.

Pork Chops with Apple Balsamic and Capers

Gentle cooking in the sweet and acidic pan sauce created with apple balsamic vinegar is a delicious way to prepare pork chops.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon each fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 pork chops, about 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup Gölles Apple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 4 tablespoons capers

Directions

Step 1

Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a pie plate. Heat a frying pan large enough to hold the chops (if necessary, you can cook them in batches). Once it’s hot, add the olive oil and then, working with one chop at a time, dredge both sides in the flour mixture, shake off any excess, and add to the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes on each side or until brown.

Step 2

Transfer the chops to a dish. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté lightly, then deglaze the pan with the vinegar. Add the tomatoes along with their juice, the broth, and capers, and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Return the chops to the pan, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes more until the meat is cooked through. 

Yields 6 servings.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Stuffing

The blend of sweet and hot sausage means a taste explosion in every bite. (Of course, if you prefer your stuffing to be on the milder side, you can use 2 pounds of sweet sausage only.) Though we still call it “stuffing,” the safest and tastiest way to bake it is in its own dish—you’ll get the crispy top that everyone loves over the greatest surface area too. 

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the baking pan
  • 2 large onions, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, trimmed and sliced thin (leaves are OK)
  • 1 pound mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 pound each, sweet and hot sausage
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme or the leaves of a sprig of fresh thyme
  • ½ cup sweet vermouth
  • 1 French baguette or crusty Italian bread, cut into small cubes
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, cut into half-inch cubes

Directions

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil and then the onions and celery, sautéing the vegetables until soft. Push them to the outer rim of the pan, and sauté the mushrooms in batches to avoid crowding them. Next add the sausage, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks. Continue cooking the meat until no pink is visible. Add the pine nuts and thyme, and cook for another minute. Pour in the vermouth, stir, and cook for another minute or two, loosening any bits on the bottom of the pan.

Step 2

Place the bread cubes in a very large mixing bowl, and fold in the sausage and vegetable mixture. Moisten with the broth, adding one cup at a time—the mixture should be very wet but not runny. Fold in the eggs. 

Step 3

Grease a deep 13″ by 9″ baking pan with olive oil, and pour the stuffing mixture into the pan, leaving about 1″ clearance from the top—it will bubble up as it bakes. (Use two baking dishes if necessary.) Dot the surface of the stuffing with the butter cubes, and cover with foil, making a fairly tight seal. Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes, taking the foil off for the last 15 minutes to brown the top, if needed. The stuffing will keep warm out of the oven with the foil back in place for up to an hour.