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Chili-Oregano-Garlic Oil

Yield 1 cup (serving size: 1 teaspoon)
To replace the lard commonly used in Mexican cooking, Alberto steeps a variety of herbs and seasonings in lightly flavored olive oil. You can also use store-bought flavored oils in these recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 to 2 chiles del arbol
  • 1/4 bunch fresh oregano

Nutrition Information

  • calories 40
  • caloriesfromfat 100 %
  • fat 5 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 3.3 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat; cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 15 minutes. Strain oil through a cheesecloth-lined colander into a bowl; discard solids.

  2. Note: To play it safe, refrigerate homemade flavored oil immediately after it's prepared and use it within one week. The reason: Ingredients such as garlic and herbs may carry spores that could cause food poisoning. Oil provides a perfect environment for these spores to grow, particularly if it's left to stand at room temperature.