Herbs & Dipping Oil

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Shhh… I’m going to let you in a little secret recipe but you have to keep it to yourself okay?  Have you been to Carrabba’s Italian Grill? I used to go quiet often and honestly, the main reason why was for their herbs with dipping oil and yummy bread! Oh so flavorful!

The first time I made this recipe was about two years ago for a party and all of my guests were raving about it. Since then I have perfected it even more so I can’t imagine next time I make it for a gathering. In fact, I feel like throwing a dinner party just so I have an excuse to serve it:)

The beauty of this mixture is that it freezes very well. You can make a bunch and freeze in small ziploc bags and use as needed. The first time I made it for the party, I made so much that I ended up giving some to friends to take home. Next time I attend a dinner party I would love to be sent home with food gifts like this… just sayin’ 😉

It’s okay to share the dish when you make it but don’t tell anybody you made it yourself.  Remember it’s a secret!

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Use a mortar and pestle (or molcajete) to grind the ingredients and to mix well. This helps to infuse all of the flavors together.

Herbs & Dipping Oil
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Ana Frias
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary (or dried if you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Using a mortar and pestle tool, add half of the ingredients and crush all ingredients together until the garlic is all ground and mixed well with the other herbs. Repeat process for the remaining of the herbs.
  2. Transfer mix to a small dish or bowl and add olive oil.
  3. Serve with fresh bread (I like to use french bread or baguette).

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  • 10/03/2012 - 6:22 pm

    Jessie - I lovee the grainy/film look of your photographs. This looks delicious! We usually just add salt and pepper, but will try the chili pepper and garlic next time!ReplyCancel

    • 10/04/2012 - 8:11 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Jessie! I love that look too! Must be due to me starting taking photos in the darkroom era :) Try it! Extra herbs gives so much flavor. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • 10/05/2012 - 6:13 am

    Friday Favorites | Just a Spoonful of Sugar - […] Dipper:  Herbs & Dipping Oil.  Have any of you ever gone to Carinos and had their dipping oil?  […]ReplyCancel

  • 10/06/2012 - 12:18 pm

    Brad - Thanks for posting the herb & dipping oil recipe. I always love the good Italian Restaurants and the dipping oils and I wonder why I have never even thought to do it at home.ReplyCancel

  • 10/06/2012 - 12:20 pm

    Brad - I love this recipe and it made me wonder why I love the good Italian restaurants with the herb dipping oils and wonder why I have never tried it at home. Thanks for posting it.ReplyCancel

    • 10/08/2012 - 7:43 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hey Brad! I have no doubt you’ll LOVE it! This is better than what you get at most italian restaurants. Love your website!ReplyCancel

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