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Garlic Rosemary Dipping Oil

Posted by Denise on March 2, 2013

garlic rosemary olive oil on marble
A fresh loaf of Italian bread and this dipping oil and you have a fantastic appetizer or a hearty snack sure to please your taste buds.


Mom was here visiting for a couple of weeks and we spent some really fun days touring around Florida. One day we drove between 300 and 400 miles to get lunch and look around. We also made some really good food, all of which we will be posting in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile... we recently had a fabulous dinner at an Italian restaurant that we had never been to before and we took away several ideas for delicious food. One of the most simple but really, really great things we ate was a new flavor of dipping oil for the bread brought to the table at the beginning of the meal. I mean, if it wouldn’t have been totally embarrassing to ask to more than one refill of bread to use the oil up we would have done so. As it was, yes, we asked for a second basket of bread…so, so good with garlic cloves and rosemary leaves lightly flavoring the high quality extra virgin olive oil.

As always when using olive oil for eating directly without cooking, make sure you use a high quality olive oil. It will make a big difference in the flavor of your dipping oil.


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Garlic Rosemary Dipping Oil

 garlic rosemary oil ingredients

Garlic Rosemary Dipping Oil ingredients



Makes 4 to 6 servings



cup high quality extra virgin olive oil


cloves of garlic, slightly smashed with the side of a knife


fresh rosemary leaves, pulled from the stem of the plant


loaf fresh Italian bread






1.    Peel and using the side of a knife, slightly smash garlic cloves. Place into a small bowl with a wide top. Add the rosemary leaves to the bowl.


garlic rosemary dipping oil smashing garlic


garlic rosemary dipping oil adding ingredients




2.    Pour the extra virgin olive oil into a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Microwave on high for approximately 1 minute until hot but not boiling. Pour hot oil into the bowl over the garlic cloves and rosemary leaves. Allow to sit until it cools. The oil has more flavor if you allow it to sit, covered, over night to steep longer.


garlic rosemary dipping oil in bowl



3.    Cut or tear chunks of the bread off and dip into the oil in the bowl. The mixture can be but into a jar and covered, so it can be kept for up to two days.



garlic rosemary dipping oil side shot


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