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French bread dipping oil

Gourmet Seasoned Bread Dipping Oil (for 2 or 20)

Jeff Baygents
This gourmet bread dipping oil is incredibly flavorful and matches or exceeds those found in fine dining.  There are notes on how to scale down to 2 servings.
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Prep Time 15 mins
3 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French, Italian
Servings 20 servings
Calories 241 kcal

Ingredients
  

BULK SPICES MIX: Also perfect for storing in a spice jar

  • ¼ tsp Rosemary
  • ¼ tsp Red Cayenne Pepper or can use red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1.5 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp Oregano
  • 1.5 tsp Parsley
  • 1.5 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Thyme
  • 1.5 tsp Basil

BULK WET INGREDIENTS (amounts for using ALL of above bulk spices mix)

  • 2.5 tsp Lemon Juice 1/4 tsp for 2 servings
  • 2.5 cups Olive Oil 1/4 cup for 2 servings

SPECIAL 2 SERVINGS Scaled Down Portion

  • Spices mix (from the bulk spices mix created above) 1 tsp (for 2 servings)
  • Lemon juice 1/4 tsp (for 2 servings)
  • Olive oil 1/4 cup (for 2 servings). Add more oil if desired. Preferred to use extra virgin olive oil.

Instructions
 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BULK SERVINGS

  • Mix the dry bulk ingredients together in a small bowl. This is enough to store any excess away in a spice container or a mason jar (for maintaining freshness).
    spices mixed
  • See "Instructions for 2 Servings" section below for scaling the rest of this recipe servings quantity down to less than the bulk amount.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the lemon juice to the spices mix and stir it in well to moisten the spices.
  • Pour in the olive oil and combine well to distribute the spices.
  • Then serve by mixing well again and use a about 1/8 cup's worth to pour onto each serving plate/bowl for each person.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2 SERVINGS

  • Mix the dry bulk ingredients together in a small bowl. This is enough to store away in a spice container or a mason jar (for maintaining freshness). You'll use a small amount of the above bulk dry spices mixture.
    spices in storage jar
  • FOR 2 SERVINGS (on 1 dipping dish for sharing): Use a small serving saucer plate or very shallow bowl good for dipping. Add 1 tsp of the dry spice mixture to the plate/bowl first. Then, add 1/4 tsp lemon juice and mix it in to moisten the spices.
    adding lemon juice to seasonings
  • Conclude by pouring in 1/4 cup oil and combine well to distribute the spices.
    adding oil to seasonings
  • Usually this is served within about 1/2 hour after adding the oil. If not served right away, you'll want to mix it up again, as there are some spices settling from sitting idle.
    Bread Oil Dip

STORAGE

  • The reason for the bulk recipe is so you can make the spices mixture and save it with your other spices. That will save an incredible amount of prep work time for future meals
    Regarding storage, I've tried this countless ways over the years. Once you've added lemon juice or oil, it will need to be stored in the fridge.  When serving again, you can set it out for about 1/2 to 1 hour since room temperature is best for consistency.  However, It's generally not recommended to store combined amounts of spices with the wet ingredients, as the flavor is noticeably deterred.  However, if I have a lot left over, I do store it for less than a week for using again.
    completed spices for later adding 2 wet ingredients

Notes

So, the recipe quantity is great for entertaining. AND, see the ingredients notes section for how to scale down the serving quantity for 2.
Two servings are enough for about 8-20 slices of French Bread. It’s a wide variance because people differ a lot for how much they use of this gourmet dipping oil.
At times, you might use one dipping plate/bowl to share between 2 people; thus, the reason for the popular 2 servings quantity mentioned.  However, know that there might be drips taking place so, there might be times where you’ll want to use 2 dipping plates/bowls for 2 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 59mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

PLUS: French Bread Recipe for Use with this Gourmet Bread Dipping Oil

French Bread Loaves
French Bread Loaves

French Bread: Bread Maker to Oven is a recipe of a chewy bread (soft or hard crust) which serves exceptionally well with this seasoned bread oil. Also, here is a link for seeing some options for what plates or bowls are often used for bread dipping mediums.