Great gift alert: Grab Ina Garten’s go-to olive oil for $25 at Sur La Table

If your eyes cross when you reach the olive oil section and you eeny-meeny-miny-moe your pick, you’ll love this decisive tip from Ina Garten. The Barefoot Contessa star fell for the light and lovely over 20 years ago and has been devoted to it ever since. So when her recipes call for “good olive oil,” we all now know which one she really means — and you can use it too, since it’s available right now at . Perfect for all of your holiday cooking!

A light, cold-pressed California oil that fans say is tasty enough for fancy recipes and straight-up dips alike yet affordable enough for everyday meals. And did we mention, it’s Ina Garten’s choice!

We first learned about Garten’s fave after studied her home studio kitchen (that’s where the magic happens) and found it stocked with Olio Santo. The Contessa confessed to the mag: “I like California olive oil better than I like Italian. It’s fruitier. It doesn’t have that little turpentine-y edge, or bitterness from the olives. I use it for everything. I use it for sautéing. I use it for dipping. I use it for finishing a salad.

“My favorite one is Olio Santo,” she continued. “I would say I’ve been using it for the 20 years that I’ve been writing cookbooks, but probably long before that too.”

Tastes great with everything

Olio Santo can be used on salads, in cooking, as a finishing oil, or enjoyed simply with a fresh baguette. This oil is so versatile that Garten even called it one of the seven staple ingredients every home chef should have in the cupboard.

A light, cold-pressed California oil that fans say is tasty enough for fancy recipes and straight-up dips alike yet affordable enough for everyday meals. And did we mention, it’s Ina Garten’s choice!

Originally published November 22, 2022, 12:56 PM

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