Dipping bread in olive oil is a wonderful and delicious way to indulge in something that is actually good for you and can prevent the onset of coronary disease according to a report released by the American Heart Association.
Try bread dipping as an alternative to other less healthy appetizers. Bread dipping is essentially a Mediterranean practice whereby the texture and flavour of vegetables and bread are enhanced by dipping them into extra virgin olive oil. Bread dipping is enjoyed as a pre cursor to a meal of simply on its own.
Extra virgin olive oil alone is an ideal dip for bread but you may wish to experiment by adding subtle or intense flavours to your oil. Dried herbs and exotic seasoning can be used to create a dip that will excite your taste buds. Use your favorite ingredients and your imagination.
1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Basil
1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Parsley (Italian Best)
1 Tablespoon Fresh Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Minced Fresh Rosemary
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Fakes
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/8 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
Place all the ingredients except the olive oil and lemon juice in a small blender or similar appliance and blend until the ingredients are all roughly the same size. In a separate bowl, add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix them well. Add 1 ½ teaspoons of mixed herbs for every 4 tablespoons of olive oil mixture and serve in a dish.
Dip warm bread in the sauce and enjoy.