May 23, 2007

Garlic Olive Oil Bread Dip

One of my husband's favorite restaurants is Carabba's. They serve nice warm sourdough bread with this amazing bread dip that keeps you coming back for more. The last time we had spaghetti I tried to duplicate this dip. The attempt was a success and now I make it as often as we have something to dip. Last night I made it to go with Stromboli and it was excellent. For the Strombolli I just used me pizza dough recipe, made two 8 x 12 rectangles, topped it lightly with sauce and toppings, rolled it up, pinched shut and baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Here's the recipe for the bread dip.

Garlic-Olive Oil Bread Dip

1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. course grind black pepper (or freshly ground)
3 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients and mix well. the longer this is allowed to set the more intense the flavor. It can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator, but let it come to room temperature before serving. Serve with nice crusty bread or any Italian type bread. It is also wonderful drizzled over pizza or spaghetti.

21 comments:

Jacky and Jason said...

Thanks for this recipe! I have been looking for this one for a while...Now I need to make a trip to the grocery store today!

~Jacky
http://vt251.blogspot.com/

Michele said...

So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Great Recipe! A little strong so I think maybe next time I will use only one or two cloves of garlic. My husband and mother-in-law throught it was just PERFECT!!
Thanks!!

Michele said...

Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the comment :0)

Anonymous said...

very delicious!!! while i was playing around in the kitchen, i took your recipe and added Parmesan cheese, it takes it to a whole new level of flavor and consistency!! try it!

Michele said...

Oh wow that sounds so good! We will be giving it a try vrty soon, thanks!

Stacey said...

This was awesome! I surprised my husband with it and he ate most of his bread before dinner was ready! I'll add this to my recipe box for sure.

Michele said...

So glad you enjoyed this Stacey, we love it and make if often!

Anonymous said...

Make sure you use your bread dip within a week and refrigerate it. There is a SERIOUS risk of botulism after it spoils, and you can't taste when it's spoiled. See the following

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/food-aliment/garlic-ail-eng.php

Michele said...

Thanks for the tip! We only make enough for one meal at a time and if there is any left it's usually gone in a day or so. This is good info. for anyone wanting to make a lot at one.

bubblesncups said...

Loved it, but it was a little too salty. The salt also did not dissolve. Will it be better if I let it sit longer?

Michael said...

For the life of me I could NEVER convince partner to try a dip like this. Even in some of the finest Italian restaurants. Anyway, I urged her to try one bite with French bread and she went NUTS! A long story short, I have made this recipe seven times in five days. Michelle, you have created a monster. (Thanks!)

Anonymous said...

This is a great dip. I cut the salt to 1/2 tsp and added about 3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar to make a salad dressing. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I agree with ... I cut back to 1/4 tsp of salt .... and it was AMAZING !!!! a BIG Hit !!

Anonymous said...

oh man im so ganna hve to try this 2 nite thanks for da recipe

Anonymous said...

hey um.. coould u use noral cookin oil or olive oil????

thnxs

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Ive been looking for this for my dad's birthday.

Anonymous said...

just made and tried this, i let it sit for about a half hour, so that could have something to do with it, but there is a bit too much salt in the recipe, might be better to add to taste after mixing it up, depending on personal preferences, otherwise an excellent dip!

Ashley said...

I ate at Carabas the other day and have been craving this dip ever since. I just made it and it was awsome. I did cut the salt in half. Thank you for making this easy for me!!

Anonymous said...

yum I am going to try it tonight!!!

Anonymous said...

I made it for my family of 7 and it was finished down to the last drop! it was soo good and flavorful I am making it again tonight and I am sure it will be a huge hit once again!!