Olive Oil Dip


A simple recipe for making an herbed olive oil dip for Italian bread. Serve in a shallow bowl, and let your guests help themselves. Apparently many Italian restaurants in North America and abroad are now serving a flavored olive oil sauce to dip bread into as an appetizer. I have received a number of recipe requests for a flavored olive oil, so I am including the following recipe. You can easily vary the recipe to suit your taste, by changing the herbs. Do not keep this mixture for longer than 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator, as fresh garlic has caused problems, making the mixture unsafe.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

Olive Oil Dip

A seasoned oil for dipping bread or veggie sticks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (Optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Each of Chopped Fresh Basil & Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Dried Oregano
  • 1 to 2 Minced Fresh Garlic Cloves (Depending On Your Preference)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Coarse Black Pepper
  • Dash of Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sun-dried Tomatoes, Finely Chopped (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit to allow the flavors to meld for at least an hour or two before serving.
  2. Serve in a shallow bowl with crusty Italian bread cut into thick slices.