Heat olive oils over medium heat in a medium saucepan or skillet. Add rice and sauté’ until rice is lightly browned. Be sure to stir the rice and oil mixture well to brown properly. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes and chilies, salt, pepper. Stir well, turn up heat and bring to a boil. Next, cover and reduce heat to low, simmer for 30 minutes (or more), until the rice is cooked and all liquid absorbed.
This is a wonderful and easy American-style Bolognese sauce which makes the best spaghetti! This ragu will leave your guests asking for more! Inspired by my Nonna, you’ll love this recipe.
- 1 lb lean ground beef (organic/grass-fed)
- 1 medium onion (chopped well)
- 1 green bell pepper (chopped well)
- 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic (minced)
- ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (plus more for topping the spaghetti if desired)
- 1 – 28 ounce can organic Italian peeled tomatoes in puree’
- 1 – 15 ounce can organic tomato sauce
- 1 – 6 ounce can organic tomato paste
- ¼ cup Fresh Harvest Traditional or Neapolitan Herb balsamic
- 2 teaspoons your favorite Italian blend seasoning
- 2 – 2.25 ounce cans of sliced, black olives (drained)
- 3 tablespoons Fresh Harvest Tuscan Herb olive oil
- 1- 16 ounce package dried Spaghetti (our favorite is the ‘Daily Chef’ organic whole wheat spaghetti which does not even taste like whole wheat. It’s amazing. You can get it on Amazon.)
In a medium/large saucepan, brown the ground beef. As it cooks use a spatula and break up the meat into tiny crumbles. We have the best luck to let one side brown first on medium heat with the lid on the saucepan for 4-5 minutes, then drain the fat, flip the meat and cook uncovered on medium heat. You want very tiny pieces of meat.
(note: we prefer to use a cast iron cocotte and the Staub brand from France is our favorite. It just cooks so well and doesn’t stick. But it’s an investment. Available at only a handful of retailers or on Amazon)
While it’s browning, coat a non-stick skillet with the Tuscan Herb olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and green pepper. Sauté’ on medium heat until the onions begin to turn translucent – about 4-5 minutes or so.
Make sure all the oil is drained from the cooked ground beef and add the skillet mixture of vegetables to the saucepan. Mix well and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the Neapolitan herb balsamic and stir well. Next, add the peeled tomatoes, the tomato sauce and the tomato paste, ¼ cup parmesan cheese and Italian blend seasoning. Stir well and cover the pot. Reduce heat to LOW.
Cover and let simmer for at least 20-30 minutes, or longer. Stir the sauce frequently. Now is your time to relax! Let the sauce mix, cook and marinate as you take a time out. You’re almost done!
Make your spaghetti noodles according to directions when you’re ready to eat. While the spaghetti is boiling, add the sliced black olives to your sauce and stir well. Let cook for 5-10 minutes more on low.
Serve the sauce on top of the noodles; add some bread and/or veggies and you have a wonderful meal!
This is a basic chicken recipe that is simple and tasty. You can vary the types of Fresh Harvest balsamic you use for different flavor combinations. You might be surprised that almost any of our fruity balsamic are yummy with chicken!
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup Fresh Harvest Traditional Balsamic
(your choice: Traditional, Fig, Raspberry, Neapolitan Herb, etc)
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 tsp (or more) finely chopped garlic
- 4 bone-in/skin-on breasts (8 oz ea.)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl mix brown sugar, balsamic, rosemary and garlic; set aside. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken on grill, skin side down, over medium heat. Cook 10 minutes. Turn chicken; brush half the glaze evenly over chicken. Continue cooking and brushing with remaining glaze 10 to 12 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (170°F).Cook patties for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
This is a delicious raw salad! If you want to make it meatless, simply substitute dried cranberries for the bacon, or leave the bacon out.
- 2 Heads of fresh Broccoli
- ¾ cup Golden Raisins
- 1 package (1/2 pound) quality Bacon (sliced into bite size pieces and fried. Or, you can also use pre-cooked bacon pieces/bits such as Hormel)
- ½ red onion – diced
- ¾ cup Slivered Almonds – unsalted
- ¾ cup Mayo (homemade is best)
- 6 tbls of Fresh Harvest Traditional 18 yo Balsamic
- 1 tsp sugar
1) Wash and dry Broccoli. Carefully cut the broccoli into very small florets. You should end up with attractive small, bite size pieces.
2) Add Broccoli, Bacon, Raisins, Onion and ½ cup of the Almonds to a bowl and mix well.
3) In a separate bowl mix together the Mayo, Fresh Harvest Balsamic and Sugar until well blended. If it needs more Balsamic, add it now.
4) Pour Balsamic Mayo mixture over the Broccoli mixture and gently toss until well mixed.
5) Add the remaining Almonds to the top as garnish.
6) Serve immediately or chill for later. Enjoy!
These are basically lime sugar cookies – very unique and easy! Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or, if so inclined, a cold shot of very good Tequila as a fun dessert or party treat for St. Patrick’s day…or any day.
- 1 cup all-purpose organic flour
- 1 ¼ cup organic Almond flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups granulated organic white sugar
- 1/3 cup Fresh Harvest Persian Lime olive oil
- 2 large organic eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food quality green dye (15 drops)
- Green sugar sprinkles (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with a whisk and mix well. Set aside.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream the sugar and the olive oil. If mixing by hand use a whisk or hand mixer until well blended.
Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and blend well. Now add 15 drops of green food coloring and mix until well blended. Fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture until a dough forms. The dough will be slightly oily and a bit sticky
Scoop out about 2 tablespoons worth of the dough, roll into a ball (or use a dough scoop). Set dough balls on non-stick baking sheet and press lightly down. Continue until all of the dough is gone. Sprinkle with green sugar before baking (optional).
Bake for 14-18 minutes until the edges are golden. These are a bit better when cooked just a bit longer rather than a bit shorter. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Try this recipe with any of our citrus oils: blood orange, lemon, etc…
This is a positively delicious and easy recipe!
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans white beans
- 4 tablespoons Fresh Harvest Cilantro & Roasted Onion olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium Jalapeño pepper, deseeded and minced
- 2 medium Poblano peppers, deseeded and hopped
- 1/3 cup Fresh Harvest Key Lime White Balsamic
- 2 teaspoons Oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 can white corn, drained
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh Cilantro, chopped (optional for topping)
- Sour cream (optional for topping)
- Fresh Jalapeno slices (optional for topping)
- Tortilla chips, crumbled (optional for topping)
Drain and rinse the canned white beans. In a medium bowl, mash halfof the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Reserve beans until needed.
Add the Cilantro and Roasted Onion olive oil to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium heat until shimmering. Add peppers, onion, and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add the cumin, coriander, oregano and chili powder and continue to sauté for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken stock and lime balsamic bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.
Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken, cheese and corn. Salt and Pepper to taste. Stirring frequently, simmer until heated through, about 5-10 more minutes. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, chopped Cilantro, freshly Jalapeño slices and tortilla chips.
This veggie rich marinara-style sauce is a variation of the classic Italian Neapolitan sauce. Easy and delicious!
- 1 medium white or yellow onion (chopped)
- 4-5 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 large Zucchini Squash (chopped)
- 1 small Eggplant (chopped)
- ½ cup Fresh Harvest Tuscan Herb olive oil
- ¾ cup Fresh Harvest Neapolitan Herb Balsamic
- 2 (28-ounce cans) San Marzano Italian tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon Celery Seed
- 1/2 tbsp. crushed chili pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley (minced)
Heat the Tuscan Herb olive oil in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add the minced Garlic and cook 1-2 minutes longer. Then add the zucchini and eggplant and cook for 5-8 minutes until slightly translucent.
Add the canned tomatoes, Neapolitan Herb balsamic, celery seed and pepper flakes. Stir well and bring to a slight boil. Then reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and let simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Using a wooden spoon crush the whole tomatoes against the side of the pot.
Whisk the ¼ tsp baking soda into 1 tbsp. water and add to sauce. Stir well. Simmer for up to an hour or a little longer until sauce is a thick consistency. If needed to get a thicker consistency, simmer without lid. Before serving, add the minced flat-leaf parsley and stir well.
Serve over pasta, with meatballs, on bread, and so on.
This sauce keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.
These big meatballs are baked, not fried. And they taste more like beef than turkey! This recipe makes about 15-18 meatballs (family-style and great for freezing), but you can cut the recipe in half to make less.
- 2 lbs. Ground Turkey (1 lb. white / 1 lb. dark)
- 6-8 garlic cloves – minced (minced)
- 1 small white onion (minced)
- 1 green bell pepper (minced)
- 1 red bell pepper (minced)
- 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups Panko Italian or plain (bread crumbs)
- ¼ cup Fresh Harvest Tuscan Olive Oil
- ¼ cup Fresh Harvest Traditional Balsamic
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese
- 2 tbsp Greek Freak or Italian seasoning
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, garlic, ground pepper, onion and bell peppers. Mix well.
Whisk the Tuscan Olive Oil and Traditional Balsamic in a measuring cup and add to the turkey mixture. Mix well. Add ground pepper and herbs. Mix well. Then add breadcrumbs and cheese. Mix well.
Brush the bottom of a 10” x 12” (or larger) baking dish (or try using nonstick, medium-sized muffin pans) with a bit of Tuscan Herb olive oil so the meatballs won’t stick. Next, wet your clean hands with cold water. This will keep the meatballs from sticking to your fingers!
Form meatballs by hand (about 2” x 2” or so each) and place in baking dish so that they don’t touch each other too closely. This recipe makes about 20-22 larger sized meatballs. Bake uncovered in the center of your oven for about 45 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and allow the meatballs to rest for 5 minutes.
Serve meatballs with pasta and one of our marinara sauces, or with sauce on a sandwich. (PS. they freeze well).
A classic recipe with a Fresh Harvest twist. Yes, you can!
This recipe is easier than you think and it’s delicious.
- 5 large egg yolks (room temperature)
- 2/3rd cup + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar (divided)
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup Marsala wine (sweet)
- 2 dozen Italian Lady fingers*
- ¼ cup good quality dark rum
- ½ cup Fresh Harvest Espresso Balsamic
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- Cocoa or chocolate powder for dusting
* A fairly reasonable substitute for lady finger cakes is to use a whole plain sponge cake, angel food or pound cake. Cut cake into 4”x 2” fingers and bake them in a 300-degree oven for about 15 minutes before assembling the Tiramisu. Let them cool completely before constructing Tiramisu.
Whisk 1/3 cup of sugar with egg yolks for 5 minutes until light yellow and tripled in volume. Place the egg yolks in a large heat proof bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Add the Marsala and continue whisking constantly for about five minutes or until the temperature of the mixture reaches 155 degrees on a digital thermometer (this process eliminates any bacteria).
Set aside and let cool for 10 minutes. Then, whisk in the soft Mascarpone into yokes until smooth. Don’t over whisk. Stop once you get a consistent creamy texture.
In a large bowl or stand mixer whip the cream, vanilla and 1/3 cup of sugar until soft peaks form (10-15 min). Gentlyfold whipped cream into the egg yolk and mascarpone mixture until creamy and well blended. Keep as much air in the mixture as possible. Whisk together rum, 1 tbsp. sugar and balsamic in a shallow bowl you can use to dip the lady fingers.
Working with 1 cookie at a time, dipping a total of 12 cookies into the espresso balsamic mixture per layer. Arrange the lady fingers in a single layer, side by side with a small amount of room between each, over the bottom of a 9×9” dish. Spoon 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the cookies and gently spread to cover. Repeat this process finishing with a layer of mascarpone. Using a mesh strainer, lightly sprinkle top with ground chocolate or cocoa. Cover tiramisu \and refrigerate at least 5-6 hours.