One of my favorite parts about going to Italian restaurants like Carrabba's or Macaroni Grill is the bread and dipping oil. Funny thing is that before now those were the places I ever ate it. Never had I thought about making this yummy appetizer at home. Why? I have no idea. It's so quick, easy, and completely delicious!
Last year my grandmother planted some herbs in my front yard and I planted a couple myself too. Come a year later and they are now thriving! The only thing that didn't come back was my basil so I bought another little starter plant to take his place. Coincidently with all my fresh and dried herbs, I have everything on hand to make my very own Italian Herb Dipping Oil Recipe.
To make this dipping oil I didn't just use any old olive oil I used a European Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) by the Flavor Your Life campaign. In this case Farchioni Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Flavor Your Life campaign is dedicated to providing you the latest news on European Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is the freshly pressed juice of olives without the use of heat or chemicals. If the people of the International Oil Council don't taste the signature fruitiness and balance of extra virgin it won't be labeled as such. This way you know you are getting a quality product!
The taste, color, and aroma of European oils depends on the region they were harvested in as well as the time of harvest. European oils are great for salad dressings or as a drizzling condiment. They are even great to cook with since they have a high smoking point of 100 degrees F!
When shopping in stores remember Spanish olive oil will typically be a golden color, french will be pale, Italian will be a dark green, and greek will also be green in color. Each bottle should also be labeled with the country of origin and if you are lucky some brands even include a QR code so you can trace the oil back to its source. The olive tree has been in Europe a LONG time. Aristotle even wrote about them way back when. So when looking for an extra virgin olive oil you can't go wrong with a European kind!
To cut up my fresh herbs I used Chefast Herb Scissors. They did an amazing job mincing everything to the size I needed. I especially used the scissors tips a lot when mincing. The 5 blades made it SO easy and quick! They even came with two jute herb bags and a safety cover that doubles as a cleaning comb. It a great product at a great price.
I served my Italian Herb Dipping Oil with two freshly baked bagquettes. Once the all of the oil was soaked up I just kept adding more to the dish. Takes SO good!
Italian Herb Dipping Oil
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp rosemany fresh and finely minced
- 1.5 tsp parsley fresh and finely minced
- 1 tsp basil fresh and finely minced
- 1/4 tsp oregano fresh and finely minced
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
- Mix all spices together in small bowl. Add olive oil and stir well. Serve with bread. Enjoy!
What are your favorite herbs?