Add flavor and a hint of spice in every bite with this easy Herbed Bread Dipping Oil recipe!
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Bread is my weakness. Well, one of many weaknesses when it comes to food! I can say with certainty that I get it honest. Growing up, I can remember every time that I was at my grandmother’s house for dinner, there was always a loaf of store-bought bread and tub of margarine on the table. This was the case regardless of what the actual main meal consisted of. Everyone would just help themselves to slice after slice of bread and “butter.”
Thankfully, my tastes have expanded a bit. Margarine is out, but butter will always be in. However, with certain crispier breads, I now prefer dipping them in olive oil, rather than spreading on the butter.
One of the first bread dipping oils that I ever had was at an Italian restaurant chain that I believe is now bankrupt and closing all of their locations. I am positive that the bread and oil had nothing to do with the unfortunate turn of events, because it was (is?) amazing! However, my lack of visiting this restaurant for several years, may have. So sorry.
What I remembered about their dipping oil the most was the hint of red pepper. It was just enough to give you a little zing of heat without actually being really spicy. I loved it. So, whenever I make bread dipping oil at home, I reach for my favorite herbs and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
It literally takes less than 5 minutes to mix up this Herbed Bread Dipping Oil and is a nice accompaniment to a crusty loaf of bread, especially when you’re having company. But, like with my family, bread and dipping oil can be enjoyed with just about anything!
Herbed Bread Dipping Oil
Because this recipe uses dried spices, there really isn’t any prep work to do.
Pour the olive oil into a small, shallow bowl.
Dip and enjoy!
I like to leave the herbs on top, rather than mixing them in for presentation purposes. Plain white bowls really make the colors pop, but some pretty colorful dipping bowls could work too!
- 1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes