Olive oil bread dip, just like at a restaurant. This is a mix of dried herbs and seasonings to add to your favorite olive oil for dipping bread. Or use as a multipurpose blend to enhance so many dishes and nibbles. Make this Italian bread dip seasoning in a batch and store in your refrigerator for months.
What is olive oil dip?
When I sit down at Carrabba’s or at our local little Italian restaurant, I am there for the warm, crusty Italian bread dipped in olive oil with salt, pepper, and herbs as I am for the actual meal. This recipe for Olive Oil Bread Dip is just that – a savory combination of dried herbs and seasoning to be added to a bit of luxurious olive oil, and they dip dip away with your bread and enjoy. But what this recipe also is, is multipurpose herbs and seasoning blend to add to so many dishes and recipes.
What is the best olive oil for bread dipping?
The first key for a great olive oil for bread dipping is to make sure you are actually purchasing olive oil. A lot of brands sold in the US are actually scam blends of lower quality olive oil, often blended with other oils. So you have to do a bit of double checking for authenticity to make your choice. A red flag is a clear bottle. Olive oil is light sensitive and should only be sold in a dark glass bottle.
Olive oils are like wines, they vary in flavor with where they come from, and how they were grown and processed. Generally speaking (and I am really generalizing here), they are either fruity or peppery in flavor. As long as you are using a quality, authentic olive oil, whether you prefer fruity or peppery is up to you. Either is delicious for bread dipping.
Fun fact: olive oils from the south of Italy are fruity and trend more peppery as you go north.
As far as specific brands go, I adore Barbera Frantoia. Frantoia is a fruity Sicilian olive oil and my favorite, but it is exceedingly hard and expensive to find. More mainstream US brands that are authentic olive oils and easy to find at our stores are California Olive Ranch (fruity), Lucini (peppery), and Covalita (fruity).
About the ingredients
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Dried thyme
- Dried marjoram
- Kosher salt
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
I made this recipe to be used in a lot more than just as seasoning for dipping bread in olive oil. I add it in my Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bread recipe as well as in my Broccoli White Pizza recipe, as examples. But because I make a batch and use it over time, I do not include fresh garlic or parmesan cheese. I add those fresh once I am dippity dipping the bread in the oil.
How to make olive oil dip
Measure all the ingredients into a little bowl and combine. That’s all there is to it.
I store this in the refrigerator in either a small plastic container or in a little resealable baggie.
Generally, dried herbs keep for up to 6 months. That holds true for this recipe.
Olive Oil Bread Dip | Restaurant-Style
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried marjoram
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- Combine ingredients.
- Store in a plastic container or resealable bag in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
- To serve: pour 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil over 1 tsp Olive Oil Bread Dip in a small bowl for dipping bread. If desired, also add 1/2 tsp fresh chopped garlic and 1 tsp freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.