Whenever you need a delicious appetizer that you can pull together in a hurry, go for this classic Italian Herbed Olive Oil Dip! All you need are some fresh herbs, garlic, seasoning, a good olive oil and a crusty loaf of sourdough bread. That’s it, a taste of Italy!
Many Italian restaurants will serve a complimentary dish of olive oil and bread to nibble on and keep you happy as they prepare your entree. We finished off a basket of warm sourdough bread with our meal and practically licked the bowl of dip clean.
Focaccia and French bread are two other favorite dippers with this herbed olive oil dip but you don’t have to stop at bread. Here are a few ideas to use this herbed olive oil dip.
- Toss with vegetables
- Season your chicken before or after it gets cooked.
- Use it as a sandwich spread.
- Mix it into some mayonnaise for a quick herbed aioli.
- Use it as a pizza sauce.
- Drizzle it on your scrambled eggs.
Really the possibilities are endless with this herbed olive oil dip. It brings flavor to anything you put it next to. It is incredibly versatile and will dress up any dish.
Adjust the ingredients for this no-fuss olive oil dip to accommodate as many servings as you need. Make it a couple hours in advance and let it sit for a while so the flavors can mingle and intensify.
Fast Facts On Olive Oil:
- The extraction of olive oil is from the olive fruit and not the seed/pit.
- The Greek poet, Homer coined the term “Liquid Gold” to describe olive oil.
- Making olive oil is still done in the same basic manner as in ancient times; crushing, pressing and washing.
- The olive oil was first used as lamp fuel and in religious ceremonies about 2500 BCE.
- Cooking with olive oil began at least as long ago as 5th-4th century BCE.
- Olive oil is one of the good fats and it is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet.
How to Make This Easy Italian Fresh Herbed Olive Oil Dip:
First, we added everything but the oil to a mini-prep food processor; the grated garlic, all the fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
The mixture was processed for several minutes to a thick paste. It was also necessary to stop the motor several times to scrape down the sides. Then we transferred the mixture to a small serving dish and whisked in the olive oil.
We love our mini-prep food processor for this dip but a blender will also work. The trick is to have enough of the herbs and garlic in the bowl to reach the blades.
Some standard food processors might have the blades sitting a bit too high. If that is the case with your food processor then try a blender. It is a bit more stop-and-go with a blender because you will need to scrape the sides down more frequently but it works.
How Long Will This Olive Oil Dip Last?
This dip is best when used within a couple hours of preparation. Store any leftover dip in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
Now, if you’re like most people, you probably don’t store your olive oil in the fridge. We certainly don’t. However, when you add garlic and/or herbs to oil then it is very important that you store the oil in your fridge.
When you store the oil in your fridge it will solidify and look different. Don’t let that worry you. After it sits on the counter for a few minutes it will return to a liquid state and be ready to dip your bread into.
Is infused olive oil safe to eat?
Infused olive oil is safe to eat as long as you follow the FDA guidelines for safe handling and storage. The low acid and anaerobic environment of flavored olive oil make it susceptible to bacterial growth, particularly botulism.
This is why it is important that you do not store infused olive oil at room temperature. Some articles recommend storing the olive oil in the fridge for a maximum of 4 days but the safest bet is to store it in the freezer until it is ready to use. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes to thaw.
You may be wondering about the infused olive oil on the shelves of your local grocery store. How do they get away with storing the oil at room temperature?
Those shelf-stable oils are preserved most commonly with an acidifying agent like citric acid or phosphoric acid. By adding an acid, the pH of the infused oil changes enough to prevent much of the harmful bacteria from growing. With that being said, even when we do purchase a store-bought infused oil, we store it in our fridge.
Whether it is for a casual snack with a glass of wine, a before-dinner appetizer or part of a spectacular party tray, this easy, classy dip will be appreciated!
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- 4 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
- 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 2 or 3 large fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- To the bowl of a mini-prep food processor or a blender, add all the ingredients except for the olive oil. Process until the herbs and garlic are blended into a paste.
- Transfer the herb mixture to a small serving dish and whisk in the olive oil.
- Buy a really good Extra Virgin olive oil for this treat
- Adjust ingredients for this no-fuss olive oil dip to accommodate as many servings as you need.
- Make the dip a couple hours in advance and let it sit for a couple of hours so the flavors can intensify.
Serving Size2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 67mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 0g