Thursday, March 21, 2013

|the easiest thing you'll ever make| cilantro oil...

The title doesn't lie. This MIGHT be the easiest thing you'll ever make.

The other day Sprouts was having a sale on organic fresh cilantro. SCORE! We love cilantro. So I headed to said store and bought a few bunches! At $.75 a pop I was in organic herbie heaven. (Yes I have tried to grow my was (sadly) a no go....)

There were a few things I had in my mind to make- so this was the best timing!

Problem: I bought waaaay too much. I mean, these "bunches" were huge! Honestly, the biggest bunches of cilantro I'd ever seen. Thanks Sprouts! Didn't stop me from getting a million though. Ok, maybe 2 or 3. So I made a few recipes, we ate some of it up...but come a few days later the remaining cilantro I had washed and stored was beginning to wilt and look oh so sad!

Confession- I HATE HATE HATE (like with a massive burning passion inside my soul) wasting food. If anything ever reaches it's "throwing away" point, I seriously mourn over it. Not. Even. Lying. Haha.

I digress. So! Not wanting to see my beloved fresh herbs end their delicious life in a trashcan, I quickly whipped up a batch of what I think is the easiest thing one will ever make- cilantro "oil".

Not only does this prolong your fresh herb's life, BUUUUUuuuuUUUUUUT it also creates a super flavorful, unprocessed, and oh so yummy natural ingredient you can keep in the fridge and add to many recipes! Think of it as a Super Duper Flavor Booster-er.

There are no measurements!                                          GASP!

Stay with me. You can't mess this up. I promise.

Basically you'll take the amount of fresh herb you have remaining (doesn't have to be cilantro!- basil, tarragon, dill...) and blend it to oblivion with as much good quality olive oil that you need to create a loose, viscous paste. You're going for a "on the thicker side of things" vinaigrette consistency. Try to stay from too many stems.

That's it.
For my "oil" I had about a cup of fresh cilantro leaves left over. I added it to my food processor and drizzled in about 1/3-1/2 cup of organic extra virgin olive oil while the processor was running. After about 20 seconds everything started spinning around nicely and it eventually became a nice, loose, herbie goodness.

Then just pour into an air tight container (I used a mason jar) and store in the fridge. Will last another 5 days there!

What the heck do I do with it??

  • Use as a marinade for fish, meat, poultry, tofu or veggies! Just spoon some on desired food, rub in, and allow to marinate 2 hours- or even overnight!
  • Mix in chopped garlic, an acid of some sort (lemon or lime juice, vinegar, etc), salt + pepper to taste and spread on meat or veggies before grilling!
  • Make a pot of brown rice and stir in a few spoonfuls once rice is completely cooked!
  • Stir into soups for a flavor boost!
  • Mix into cubed, boiled, and drained potatoes for a delicious potato salad OR mix into freshly roasted potatoes! 
  • Shoot, for that matter, mix into mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) for a punch!

As for us, I simply rubbed some of my cilantro "oil" over a cut up organic chicken, drizzled some lemon juice over the whole thing, and sprinkled some sea salt and pepper last minute. Then, I baked uncovered for 40 minutes and viola! 

Have fun with it!

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  1. We are cilantro-aholics over here too! But sometimes I buy a big bunch and use it 10 different ways (okay that was an exaggeration, but a few) and I still have it left over. I feel bad seeing it shrivel up and die. :( So thanks for the oil idea!
    On a side note, I had a bit of time while feeding the baby and I thought, I'll watch a Felicity episode. So i watched my favorite episode, The Aretha Theory. It made me happy. And I thought about you and how we bonded over Felicity. :)

    1. Awwww Yes Felicity! We totally did! Actually- was DC before or after Felicity? Because we bonded over that show too. I think Felicity was first, you're right. Those were good times. Did we ever talk about Alias???

    2. I have yet to see Alias... but no worries, it's on the list!!! I've only heard good things!! :)

  2. This looks absolutely delicious. We share the same food wasting problem. Have a wonderful day Christina.

    1. Hehehe, yeah I just can't seem to throw ANYTHING away when it comes to food. Non-food items? SEE YA. Haha. I hope you'll enjoy this Melissa!

  3. This is such a good idea! I've always got leftover cilantro. ALWAYS! I hate throwing it out too. I've got some in the fridge right now.......

  4. This looks so easy. My husband loves mexican food, so naturally we use a lot of cilantro at my house. What a good way to mix it up a bit. Thanks for the idea.


    1. You're so welcome!!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!!!


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