Make this Italian bread dipping oil for a fast and easy appetizer these holidays. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this appetizer any time of the year.
Italian bread dipping oil is a simple appetizer you can make at home. Serve it as a simple starter before a meal or serve it with a glass of wine for a casual get-together.
👛 Cost To Make
Estimated cost AUD$ = $1.85 or $0.47 per serve
🌟 About This Recipe
- This recipe uses only five ingredients. You may already have these sitting in your pantry, extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and salt.
- Even though it takes just a minute or two to make, you will need to let it stand for at least an hour so that the flavors can infuse.
- It is simple and easy to make, perfect for serving before most meals or just with a glass of wine.
Please note that below is a guide for some of the ingredients we used in the recipe. The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Olive oil - for the best flavor, use a good quality Extra Virgin olive oil.
Dried Italian herb seasoning - if you don't have Italian herb seasoning, you can use a combination of two or more of these dried herbs: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, or marjoram.
Garlic powder - we used garlic powder, but you can use a clove of fresh minced garlic if you like but don't use bottled garlic or garlic paste.
Red pepper flakes (dried chili flakes) - this is optional because not everyone likes chili.
Salt - you can use table salt or sea salt for this. Just be aware that the salt does not dissolve in cold oil. So, you will find that the saltiness of the dip will vary from mouthful to mouthful depending on how much salt you have picked up with the bread.
It's just as simple as mixing everything into a bowl, leaving it to infuse for about an hour before serving.
This basic bread dipping oil recipe is versatile, so play around with the flavors and make it to suit your tastes.
What Dish To Serve Bread Dipping Oil In
Serve this Italian bread dipping oil in a medium or shallow-sized bowl.
A side plate (bread and butter plate) with raised sides would be ideal rather than a small deep bowl.
When you use a small deep bowl, the herbs, and salt sink to the bottom of the bowl, leaving a thick layer of oil on top. When you dunk the bread in, you will pick up too much olive oil and not much else.
When you serve the bread dipping oil in a medium-size shallow dish, you get a thin layer of olive oil, herbs, and salt making it ideal for dipping the bread because you pick up small amounts of each flavor.
What Type Of Bread Is Best For Dipping In Olive Oil
Serve bread dipping oil with bite-sized pieces of crusty bread like; ciabatta, focaccia, French baguette, sourdough, cob bread, or any artisan bread. You could also use this dipping oil to make crostini.
What Else To Serve
Along with the crusty bread, serve shaved or grated parmesan cheese for additional flavoring.
Yes! This simple Italian bread dipping oil can be made several hours in advance.
No! This recipe won't be the same if you use another oil. Always use extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
I do hope that you give this recipe for Italian bread dipping oil a try. If you do, please come back and leave a comment below because I would love to know how you went.
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons Italian dried herbs
- 2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl mix well. Allow to stand for 30 – 60 minutes at room temperature before serving.