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Taste of Italy Giveaway: Crisco Olive Oil Prize Package

by Tara Kuczykowski on March 28, 2009 · 929 comments


Huh – did you say Crisco Olive Oil?

Crisco certainly isn't the first brand that comes to my mind when I think "olive oil," so I'm assuming it's the same for you all. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it's actually quite good. I've been successfully substituting it for my more expensive olive oils over the past few weeks.

Here's just one example of the tasty recipes that you can create with it.

Mediterranean Salad


1 pint grape tomatoes (use a mixture of red and yellow for added interest), halved
1 6-ounce container Bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), drained
1 paper thin slice proscuitto ham, finely chopped
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, drained
1 tablespoon capers, drained

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of sugar
3/4 cup Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

Place the grape tomatoes, bocconcini, proscuitto, olives and capers in a large bowl; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, mustard, black pepper and sugar. Slowly add the Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a steady stream, whisking while pouring; whisk until dressing is well blended. Whisk in the chives and oregano. Pour dressing over salad; gently toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight to allow flavors to develop, stirring occasionally. Season with additional black pepper if desired. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomato mixture to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs, if desired. Serve.


Want to win a Crisco Olive Oil Prize Package?

I've got an awesome Crisco Prize Package ready to send out to one lucky reader. You'll get one bottle of each Crisco Olive Oil variety all packaged up in a really cool wooden box that is perfect for storing recipes and such later on.

How can you win?

Share how you use olive oil in your regular cooking. I almost always substitute it for vegetable oil in my recipes. The only exceptions would be in sweets. How about you?


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1 Crisco Olive Oil Prize Package

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 31st. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on Wednesday, April 1st and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

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1 Summer March 31, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I use olive oil to saute chicken breasts and veggies. I also drizzle a little bit over pasta for my skinny toddler to get some extra "good" fat into her.

2 JESSICA March 31, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I use olive oil when I saute my veggies.

3 Melissa P. March 31, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I like to saute shrimp in olive oil.

4 Mary B March 31, 2009 at 5:26 pm

I use it almost exclusively. In everything from light frying to drizzled over a Caprese salad

5 Mary B March 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I use it almost exclusively - in everything from light frying, to drizzled over a Caprese salad.

6 Brian E. March 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for the giveaway...We use only olive oil in our kitchen for everything, including baking. We have even stopped using butter or spreads !!!

7 Kyndra Sherman March 31, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I use olive oil as a substitute for butter in any rice recipes and also with balsamic vinegar and garlic as a healthy sautee for asparaugus.

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8 Dianne Martinez March 31, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I love cooking with olive oil. It is better for you.

9 Denise March 31, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I use olive oil in everything from pasta sauce to baking cakes. I prefer it to vegetable or canola oil.

10 Stephanie Bruce March 31, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Hubby is the cook not me but I know this will make him happy. He watches that good eats show and is always asking for new items to add to his cooking repetoire.

11 Stephanie Bruce March 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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12 Tammie March 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I use olive oil rather than butter/margarine at every opportunity - in fact, one stick of butter will usually last for more than one month! :)

13 sheo March 31, 2009 at 7:56 pm

We use olive oil for everything except Chinese and Mexican food. For those we use peanut and corn oil, respectively. Oh, and we deep fry in peanut oil. I actually prefer most baked goods with olive oil, especially quick breads and muffins.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

14 Gabriel J. March 31, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I use olive oil in my salads' dressing.

15 sheo March 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I just subscribed. This is only my third week couponing and I LOVE your site. It's been tremendously helpful in scoring deals I never would have dreamed possible only a few weeks ago. Especially Walgreens - hope they don't change too much here soon.

16 Debra F March 31, 2009 at 8:38 pm

My favorite thing to do with my roasted fingerling potatoes is to drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a little salt and pepper and just pop in the oven. They are sooooo delicious! Thanks for the great giveaway.

17 Dan March 31, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I use it on my salad

18 Deanna March 31, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I use olive oil for EVERYTHING except my baking. I even use it daily to remove my makeup & once a week on my hair. : ) I LOVE the stuff!

19 Angie P March 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I use it almost daily. I saute veggies in it with garlic and use it when I am making marinara sauce.

20 Alea Teeters March 31, 2009 at 9:08 pm

i use olive oil on pasta and salad dressing, or for making pizza or baking bread

21 Ingrid March 31, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I just used olive oil in my pan to cook cabbage tonight. I use it regularly to saute onions, veggies and when cooking meat in the oven. Thanks.

22 Adriana March 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I love to use olive oil to make oven potato wedges. A tablespoon of olive, a 1/4 teaspoon of paprika, salt, and pepper, and you have some great tasting, but way healthier french fries! Yum.

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23 Karen A. March 31, 2009 at 10:31 pm

My husband is Greek so we use olive oil on practically everything. Mainly on salads.

24 jeanie March 31, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I use it when I cook fish. It is yummy!

25 Gianna March 31, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I use it in all my my soups when I saute the onions and veggies to start it off with :)

26 theodore esteghamat March 31, 2009 at 10:43 pm

We use olive oil every chance we get.

27 Anna April 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

We pore crisco olive oil over mrs dash garlic blend spices and then dip warm bread pieces in the mixture.

28 Leah April 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I’m a subscriber.

29 Leah April 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I use EVOO in almost everything as well, but I wanted to mention I also regularly put my finger over the pour spout to limit what I use in sautéing and when I am done i take that finger and use as a lip moisturizer... it's wonderful and my lips look shiny and kissable! ;o)

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