The recipe contest results are finally in! The judges have tested and tasted and after much consideration (and more tasting) have narrowed the finalist to…(drumroll)….
Why Joey won: Her simple, but surefire technique yields perfectly caramelized brussels sprouts that are packed with flavor and let the olive oil shine!
Why Ryan won: His Dark Chocolate Vinaigrette is complex and works surprisingly well with a unique combination of sweet and savory elements.
Why Ken won: Every element of his dish was straightforward and simple to prepare and thoughtfully incorporated EVOO in variety of ways.
Why Megan won: Her meatballs are healthfully homey and satisfying without being heavy and the addition of pistachio and fresh herbs added a flavorful punch that impressed tasters.
Why Janet won: This recipe beautifully demonstrates the benefits of baking with olive oil. It’s got a pleasant, perfectly browned crust and a moist cake that subtly showcases the olive oil.
From We Olive Thousand Oaks: Kellen Moore’s recipe for Garlic Vegetable Flatbread with Mushrooms & Blood Orange Balsamic Caramelized Onions
Why Kellen won: His flatbread recipe, which is gluten-free thanks to a zucchini and cauliflower-based crust, is both inventive and so delicious even carb addicts and carnivores will love it.
From We Olive Belmont Shore: AJ Dale’s recipe for Grilled “You Choose” Tacos with Peach-Jalapeno Salsa
Why AJ won: Her “You Choose” tacos have a California fresh flavor that shows off the olive oil and embodies the We Olive ethos of eating deliciously well.
From We Olive OC Mix: Margee Berry’s recipe for Tropical Thai Sunburn Salmon with Pineapple Chutney & Cooking Cucumber Salad
Why Margee won: Her creative use of texture, temperature, and flavor wowed salmon lovers and skeptics alike and each component brought something vital to the plate.
From We Olive La Jolla: Jasmin King’s recipe for Garlic Pan-Seared Scallops with White Corn & Red Pepper Succotash
Why Jasmin won: Her combination of sweet scallops, corn and peppers were a winning combination of Garlic Olive Oil and that delicious Chardonnay drizzle.
Why Jan won: Her recipe for Greek Style Pearl Couscous with Spinach, Feta, and Olives was a taster favorite for its fantastic flavor and simplicity.