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Olive oil has been a hot topic lately, with so many DTC brands emerging and olive oil cake recipes trending on TikTok. If you’re anything like myself, it might feel a little overwhelming at first. How much variation is there between your local grocery store olive oil from one of these pricier bottles anyway? Quite a lot it turns out, and Graza does a great job of teaching us the ropes, whether you’re a novice or expert in the kitchen.
To start, Graza keeps it simple by offering two oils that you can buy separately or in a pack. There’s Sizzle, a mellow 100-percent extra-virgin olive oil meant for cooking. It’s ideal for everyday roasting, searing, pan frying, sautéing, marinating — you name it. Drizzle, Sizzle’s finishing oil counterpart, is a bolder olive oil that is great for using as a condiment, whether adding a swirl to your pizza, soup, or ice cream (more on that later!). What sets Graza apart from the rest of the pack is their focus on fresh olives that are all picked and bottled in Spain — no blending here.
But possibly the most show-stealing aspect about Graza is the squeeze bottle. Initially, this is what drew me to the brand, excited by the prospect of being able to squeeze olive oil in a pan or in a dish that needs a little extra, rather than fumble with the cap and potentially pour way too much on. I love using Sizzle when I’m cooking because I never overdo the olive oil (unless I want to!), and it makes me feel like a real chef when I’m cooking, mimicking the bottles used in many professional kitchens. The opaque bottle even does double duty by protecting your oil from light.
So far, I’ve used Sizzle every time I cook, whether it’s a stew, roasted veggies, pan-fried chicken, and more. And there’s no such thing as using too much oil because it just tastes so good. I love detecting the mellow grassy flavor in a spoonful of soup or a bite of fried eggs.
However, the best way I’ve used these oils is on ice cream. I once had olive oil ice cream at a restaurant in Boston’s North End and have dreamed about it ever since. So as soon as I opened the Drizzle bottle, I knew exactly what I had to do. I topped a bowl of pistachio ice cream with a generous pour and couldn’t believe how heavenly it tasted together.
While some of the more luxe olive oils can be expensive, the Sizzle and Drizzle Variety Pack is just $35. Not only do I plan on buying another set for myself, but I also am eyeing these beautifully packaged bottles as fantastic gifts for my friends who love to cook.