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is it oil and vinegar that they splatter on a little plate with crushed garlic? Anyone know what I'm talking about? I'm planning a special dinner at home with dh tonight and got the fresh bread... now about that dip???

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Tastefully Simple used to sell that oil dip. I forget what it was called but it was really yummy!

 

ETA: I went to the TS site and they still sell it. It's probnably not what you are looking for but at least it will give you an idea of to look for at a grocery store.

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We've been served olive oil and vinegar with salt, pepper and sesame seeds.

 

Zaatar or dukkah are Middle Eastern spice "dips" that work well with olive oil and bread and are mouth wateringly tasty.

 

Here is my friend's dukkah recipe, but there are many. Consult wikipedia for the basic idea, then look for recipes online, if you like the idea.

 

150g sesame seeds

100g almonds (can use hazlenuts)

30g cumin seeds

50g coriander seeds

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp dried mint or thyme (optional)

 

Think I will make some for a homeschooling "wine and snacks in the park" I am going to this afternoon!

 

Nikki

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Yum! I took my fresh loaf, sliced in down the middle, put pats of butter and crushed garlic her and there and put it in the oven... pulled it out a bit ago, sliced it up and after sprinkling olive oil and balsamic vinegar on a little serving plate, dipped and ooohed and aaaahed... yum! I am making myself wait for dh to get home now... restraining myself from getting into the bread... and think I'll add more crushed garlic on the side of the little serving plate!

Thanks everyone!

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I love Carrabba’s Olive Oil dip they serve w/ their bread. I tried this recipe & it is awesome – tastes pretty much just like the Carrabba’s dip.

I used fresh herbs rather than dried ones. Also, I used less than half the amount of garlic they list (I can’t eat much garlic) & about half the amount of salt.

Yum!!!!

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"Carrabba's Herb Oil for Dipping Bread

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Serves/Makes: 4 | Difficulty Level: 1 | Ready In: < 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or as needed)

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, except oil, on a deep plate or bowl. Pour olive oil over.

 

Recipe Location: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/77/Carrabbas-Herb-Oil-for-Dippin86209.shtml

Recipe ID: 57082

Don't forget to stop back at CDKitchen and write a review or upload a picture of this recipe!

 

This recipe is from CDKitchen http://www.cdkitchen.com

© 1995-2010 CDKitchen, Inc."

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Zaatar or dukkah are Middle Eastern spice "dips" that work well with olive oil and bread and are mouth wateringly tasty.

 

I adore Zaatar. In decades past I had friends who used to ship it to me from Jordan. But now I can get good zaatar here in Los Angeles with no trouble.

 

Bill

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I love Carrabba’s Olive Oil dip they serve w/ their bread. I tried this recipe & it is awesome – tastes pretty much just like the Carrabba’s dip.

I used fresh herbs rather than dried ones. Also, I used less than half the amount of garlic they list (I can’t eat much garlic) & about half the amount of salt.

Yum!!!!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Carrabba's Herb Oil for Dipping Bread

CDKitchen http://www.cdkitchen.com'>http://www.cdkitchen.com

Serves/Makes: 4 | Difficulty Level: 1 | Ready In: < 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or as needed)

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, except oil, on a deep plate or bowl. Pour olive oil over.

 

Recipe Location: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/77/Carrabbas-Herb-Oil-for-Dippin86209.shtml

Recipe ID: 57082

Don't forget to stop back at CDKitchen and write a review or upload a picture of this recipe!

 

This recipe is from CDKitchen http://www.cdkitchen.com

© 1995-2010 CDKitchen, Inc."

 

 

This sounds about like what I do.

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It's usually extra virgin olive oil, mixed with some herbs, garlic, and perhaps some salt and pepper....

It's the *extra virgin* that's really important, because that's the most flavorful. Olive oil and extra light olive oil don't have the same strong flavor.

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Golly, I just use olive oil with a little salt and pepper. Things to think about.

That's all I use, too. Mr. Ellie likes to add basalmic vinegar. Bread dipped in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) is tasty!

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You can buy dipping oil pre-mixed in bottles -- available in nicer grocery stores and specialty shops. It's nice because the flavors of the herbs and garlic are already infused in the oil.

 

I've never had it with vinegar, but that sounds nice. Perhaps you could include a bottle as an option. Some might not like it.

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