While visiting the MetroCooking DC 2014 convention in November, I got a chance to meet the vendors of Spartan Oil. Spartan Oil was founded by Greek-American, Pericles Konstas, to offer the highest quality extra virgin olive oil to consumers. The oil is produced from the family’s ancient olive trees in Sparta, Greece that are harvested by hand, pressed mechanically within 24 hours of harvest, and is not filtered. The olive oil is stored in all natural, non-reactive stoneware bottles to keep the oil at a consistent temperature and prevent light transmission.
Spartan Oil sent me a bottle of their Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil and I was thoroughly impressed. The care put into their product even shows through the packaging. The stoneware bottle came wrapped in a rustic burlap sack and was hand-sealed with wax. Its deep fruity flavor pairs perfectly with cheese (like the recipe featured below), salad dressings, drizzled over vegetables and bread, and any recipe featuring olive oil as a key ingredient- even ice cream! I am excited to offer a giveaway of TWO bottles (16.9 ounces each) of this wonderful olive oil. One for a lucky winner and one for them to share with a friend. For those who don’t win, but still want to try the olive oil, Spartan Oil has set up a discount code for my readers. Just enter TARA10 at checkout to receive a 10 percent discount! Here is a link to their products page.
To showcase the olive oil, I went with a simple recipe that is best with the highest quality of ingredients. I planned to serve this Feta with Oregano and Olive Oil the day after Christmas when my aunt and grandmother were visiting. I am so glad I decided to go simple. Five minutes after they arrived, our power went out- and stayed out for a couple of hours. Don’t need electricity to make this appetizer!
Use a good quality feta (feta-φέτα- actually means “slice” in Greek) that is soaked in brine, made in Greece, and created with only sheep’s, maybe a little goat, milk. As you sprinkle the dried oregano, crumble it between your fingers to help release the flavor. A good quality Greek extra virgin olive oil, like from Spartan Oil, will definitely bring this appetizer to the next level. Serve with olives, sliced tomatoes, bread, pita, or lemon slices.
Congratulations to Brittany K. for comment #62: “I love to use olive oil to cook almost everything! I especially love it when making stirfry!”
For the giveaway: Spartan Oil is offering two bottles (16.9 oz each) of their Extra Virgin Olive Oil- one for the winner and one to be gifted to a friend- 44 dollar retail value. Giveaway Entry Rules: Enter the giveaway below to win a free bottle of Spartan Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus one to be gifted to a friend. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years or older and reside in the continental United States. The giveaway will open on Monday, January 5, 2015 and close on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments via Random.org and contacted via the email (so please give your email in the email section of the comment form- only I will see it) given and on this post. The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning. You will have 24 hours to respond via email or another comment will be randomly chosen. Void where prohibited by law. Mandatory Entry: Leave one comment on this post answering the following question- What is your favorite way to use olive oil? Bonus Entries: Leave a comment for each of the additional entries. If you already follow me, leave a comment to let me know you already follow me on each of the following: 1. Subscribe to Tara’s Multicultural Table via Email or RSS feed- link is on the right sidebar below the follow me buttons 2. Like Spartan Oil on Facebook 3. Visit Spartan Oil’s Website 4. Follow Tara’s Multicultural Table on Facebook 5. Follow Tara’s Multicultural Table on Twitter 6. Retweet this giveaway- include @TaraMCTable 7. Follow Tara’s Multicultural Table on Pinterest 8. Follow Tara’s Multicultural Table on Instagram Disclaimer and Disclosure: All opinions stated here are my own. I was given a bottle of Spartan Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil to sample and gave my honest and unbiased review. Giveaway prize sponsored by Spartan Oil.
Feta with Oregano and Olive Oil
Adapted from Lemon and Olives
2 (1/2 inch thick) slices Feta
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Olive oil for drizzling
Arrange the slices of feta on a plate. Sprinkle 1/2-1 teaspoon of dried oregano over each slice. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with bread, tomato slices, olives, lemon slices, or pita.