Three flavored oils

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Here are three recipes for flavored oils for various uses.

ROASTED RED PEPPER OIL:

Puree ½ cup roasted red peppers (homemade or commercial). Stir into 2 cups oil. Let stand at room temperature until color and flavor are pronounced, about 1 week. Strain and refrigerate. Use for dressings or drizzled over pizza, pasta and shrimp. Lasts about 6 months.

Makes a little over 2 cups.

PER TABLESPOON: 120 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g carbohydrate, 14 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.

BASIL OIL: From John Ash.

Blanch a bunch of basil (this will keep it bright green) and dry well. Put in blender or food processor and add oil to cover well.

Blend and put in jar. Allow to settle; strain. Keeps refrigerated for 10 to 12 days. For using decoratively, put in little plastic squirt tubes.

PER TABLESPOON: 120 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g carbohydrate, 14 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.

CHILE OIL: From "From Pantry to Table, " by Mark Spieler.

Pour 1 cup oil over 2 tablespoons crumbled small hot dried chile peppers or red pepper flakes, depending on heat of peppers and your own taste. Some chiles (such as bird's eye) are incendiary and need to be used sparingly. For more pronounced flavor, gently heat the chile oil. A bay leaf or two may be added. Drizzle onto pot stickers along with soy sauce and a strong, sour vinegar.

Makes 1 cup.

PER TABLESPOON: 130 calories, 0 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate 14 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.

From the San Francisco Chronicle, 10/28/92 Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; October 29 1992.

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