Give your olive oil some zing by infusing it with other ingredients, like cayenne pepper and garlic.
Imagine the added flavor when using the infused olive oil in a salad dressing or marinade . . . how about the aroma in the kitchen when using it for browning chicken for a casserole or stir fry?
It would also make an awesome gift in a decorated container.
6 dried cayenne peppers
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large cloves garlic
Using a mortar and pestle, grind one of the dried peppers.
In a saucepan set over low heat warm the olive oil with the ground pepper, the remaining whole peppers and the garlic.
Cook until the garlic is golden and the oil is fragrant, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely.