(Taken from cucinabyelena.com)
Extra virgin olive oil (I suggest Colavita brand)
Balsamic vinegar (good quality variety from Modena Italy)
Fresh basil, minced
Coarse sea salt + black pepper to taste
French baguette, ciabatta, homemade fresh Italian bread, sourdough bread
How to make the best Italian Bread Dipping oil recipe
The process is so simple you barely need a recipe. The most important part is using quality ingredients.
1. In a medium mixing bowl add all ingredients. Use a whisk and stir vigorously for a minute.
2. Let marinate at least one hour before serving. The oil and vinegar may separate and that's okay. If you prefer you can stir again before serving with your favorite bread.
If you like you can add a little Parmigiano, or parmesean cheese on top right before serving.
The best bread for Olive Oil Dipping
The best bread for Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar dipping is crusty bread with a soft interior. You want good quality bread that will hold its shape when dipped in the oil and not fall apart completely.
Here is an easy bread recipe you will love. Make this bread and while it is still a bit warm dunk it in this dipping oil and it is pure heaven.
Olive Oil and Vinegar Brands
I recommend using high-quality ingredients. You will really taste the flavor difference and it is worth it! These are the kinds of balsamic and olive oil brands you can find at most grocery stores in America.
Extra-virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar brands- DeLallo, Colavita, Bertolli, California Olive Ranch, HemisFares , and Spectrum.
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This is a basic recipe that you can doctor up and adjust to your taste buds. Here are a few add-on ideas.
dried basil or other fresh herbs of your choice
red pepper flakes
add a sprinkle of fresh Parmigiano cheese or parmesan cheese
Italian bread dipping oil is delicious drizzled on goat cheese or mozzarella cheese, use as a salad dressing on fresh green salads or vegetables, on warm salads, or serve on Prosciutto Melon Arugula Salad. Enjoy this simple recipe as a last-minute appetizer when friends show up unexpectedly.
Serve with a bottle of good Italian wine and enjoy the evening. You will feel like you are dining at a nice Italian restaurant while staying right at home.
Use as a glaze after cooking or roasting vegetables. It adds depth and tanginess to hearty roasted veggies.
Try it on: carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. You can even try it as a chicken breast marinade.
Use fresh garlic. Don't use a jar of minced garlic. This makes a huge difference in the overall taste of the Italian bread dipping oil.
Use quality olive oil. You don't have to spend loads of money to get good olive oil. You can find a great bottle at almost any grocery store. Look for something cold pressed for the best taste since you are eating it raw.