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Best Finishing Oils

Let's Dish: What's Your Favorite Specialty Oil?

Even though they might cost a pretty penny, some specialty oils are worth splurging for in addition to your go-to vegetable or olive oil. Flax oil lends salad dressings or smoothies a nutty, rich flavor, while coconut oil has a high smoke point and also offers a tropical flavor to everything from fried tofu to vegan baked goods. Some oils like walnuts and pumpkin seed are best drizzled over finished dishes for a distinct roasted aroma. One of the most interesting oils I've ever used is La Tourangelle Avocado Oil ($15), which is surprisingly neutral and can be used in temperatures up to 350ºF. I love drizzling it atop black beans and in Mexican-inspired salads.

There are a plethora of oils to choose from beyond canola and olive, so tell us: what's your favorite specialty oil, and how do you use it?

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sisteroflilly sisteroflilly 3 years
I love sesame oil! It isn't that unusual, but I love the toasted flavor that it brings to Asian inspired dishes. It also adds a nice touch to just about any vegetable.
helloanya helloanya 3 years
I absolutely love organic sunflower oil. It's a nostalgic thing for me, in Siberia (Russia) where I grew up it is one of the most widely used types of oil. I love cooking with it because it is high temp oil, but also just using it for salad dressings gives my salads a little bit more oomf. 
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