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Balsamic Bread Dip

Posted by Denise on October 6, 2012

balsamic bread dip with bread
A fresh loaf of bread is sooooo good when eaten with Balsamic Bread Dip.


There is something luxurious and primal about tearing off a hunk of freshly-baked Italian or French bread and dipping it into a flavorful mixture of high quality extra virgin olive oil (evoo), balsamic vinegar and spices. Imagine sinking your teeth through the firm crisp crust into the soft give of the interior, feeling the olive oil and spices slide over your tongue, and getting that hint of balsamic vinegar. Mmmm, yummy!

Ok, now that we’re all hungry, let’s make this! Any sort of fairly plain, firm-crusted bread, such as Italian or French bread work best for dipping, but in a pinch most any type of bread will work. The bread just has to be firm enough to hold up when you dip it. If you can’t purchase a good French loaf, try making our fabulous French bread recipe. It’s easy to do and makes a really fine loaf.

We have been making the bread dips for years, using different herbs and spices, but we discovered this combination of adding a spot of good quality balsamic vinegar to the evoo to really kick it up. The tangy sweet balsamic vinegar adds another dimension of flavor that is really wonderful. The Buca di Beppo chain of Italian restaurants uses balsamic vinegar in their bread dip and gave us the idea, but we found their version a little too plain. We add red pepper flakes and sometimes a pinch of salt, which elevates the dip from plain to fantastic.

This is one of our favorite ways to eat bread. To use the bread dip, just tear a hunk of bread off, then we tear it into bite-sized pieces (to avoid the whole double-dipping thing if we are sharing a dish of dip J) and dip. Make sure you dip it deeply enough to pick up a little of the balsamic vinegar that hangs around at the bottom of the bowl. Make sure to use a shallow bowl or even a plate with a little bit of rim for the bread dip, because you don’t want to dip your fingers in to get to the bottom, just the bread!

Use high quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make the bread dip. Since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, each one should shine. It makes a difference in the taste.

So easy and so delicious. Mangia!


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Balsamic Bread Dip



 balsamic bread dip ingredients

 Balsamic Bread Dip ingredients.




Makes 1 serving, multiply recipe for more servings  




loaf French or Italian bread 


tablespoons high quality extra virgin olive oil or more depending on the size of the bowl 

½ to 1 

tablespoon balsamic vinegar or more to taste 

¼ to ½  

teaspoon red pepper flakes 


Salt, to taste 






1.     In a small shallow bowl, pour high quality extra virgin olive oil. Pour balsamic vinegar into the olive oil in one place to make a pool under the olive oil. 


balsamic bread dip evoo 





2.     Add red pepper flakes over top. If you want, mix the flakes gently into the olive oil, leaving the balsamic vinegar on the bottom intact. If you desire, sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of the olive oil. Dip and eat! 


balsamic bread dip with pepper flakes



balsamic bread dip on cutting board 


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