Imagine a soft, dairy-free spread made purely with olive oil. That’s exactly what you get with El Marques Olive Oil Butter – whipped using their patent pending process and still spreadable at room temperature!
There are a few brands of butter-flavored olive oils on the market, but El Marques is the first we’ve seen to take the opposite approach – it tastes like olive oil but is “creamed” to be the consistency of a whipped butter. I didn’t get the chance to sample the Original olive oil butter, which has just one ingredient: olive oil. Instead, we jumped ahead to two of the flavored varieties.
This blend includes just pure olive oil (not extra-virgin as indicated on some websites), rosemary, thyme and sage. The herbs are notably fresh and rustic – a little too harsh in fact for using as a raw spread on toast or in cooked grains for us. However, the soft but solid consistency allows the herbs to be suspended and easily used to spread atop meats or vegetables when cooking.
With just a hint of black truffle flavor seamlessly combined with the olive oil base, this El Marques olive oil butter has a few more applications. It lends a rich, musky flavor to toast or grains, heightened with some salt and/or light seasonings, and can be used like the Herbed, as a finisher on meats or vegetables on the grill.
El Marques also recommends using their olive oil butter in baking. While I could easily see this as an enjoyable application, the price point puts it beyond accessible for my budget in the quantities needed for making cookies, scones, or biscuits. For now, olive oil butter is a “giftable” recommendation from me, to be savored and used as a rich final touch.
Certifications: We did not notice any certifications on El Marques Olive Oil Butter.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, El Marques Olive Oil Butter is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the El Marques website at www.el-marques.com.