Olive oil is essential to every kitchen. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to whip up pesto or make a perfect grilled piece of fish. And it's versatile, showing up in both sweet and savory recipes. Chowhound has ideas for how to best put it to use. Try a dish where olive oil plays an important supporting role, like our basic fish baked in parchment, or a crisp yet chewy gluten-free pizza crust. Or consider a recipe where olive oil is the star, like our decadent chocolate mousse made with olive oil or our easy olive oil pancakes, the perfect way to start any morning.