Simple Olive Oil Bread Dip

August 24, 2020
Nothing says easy and delicious like a simple Olive Oil Bread Dip.  Mix it up in 5 minutes flat, chill to meld the flavors, and then serve it up with crusty bread for one super flavorful appetizer favorite.  Perfect as a meal-starter, alongside a hearty pasta dish, or for dipping while you sip on your favorite glass of wine.
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I'm a total sucker for bread.  Yes, when it comes to eating out, I'm absolutely one of those who could fill up on the bread basket before the main dish is even served -- and be quite content and satisfied with bread as my meal.

But you know what makes a great bread even better?  A great olive oil bread dip to go with it.  Taking hunks of crusty bread, soaking up that flavored olive oil, and popping it in your mouth to savor the deliciousness is a bread lover's dream come true, for sure.

Mix it up in 5 minutes flat, chill to meld the flavors, and then serve it up with crusty bread for one super flavorful appetizer favorite.

And fortunately for all us bread lovers, it's SUPER easy to whip up a simple olive oil bread dip at home.

A basic mix of olive oil, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and simple seasonings combine to deliver up fabulous flavor.  And that fabulous flavor is absolutely greater than the sum of its individual parts.

Serve the dip up with sturdy, crusty bread for one super flavorful appetizer favorite.  It's perfect as a meal-starter, alongside a hearty pasta dish, or for dipping while you sip on your favorite glass of wine!

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Simple Olive Oil Bread Dip Ingredients

Just as the name implies, the ingredients for this tasty olive oil bread dip are indeed quite simple.  In fact, you may have them all on-hand without even a run to the grocery store.  But if you don't have them on hand? -- The tasty result of this flavorful dip is well worth the grocery store trip.

  • Extra-virgin olive oil - Since olive oil is the main base ingredient, use good-quality extra-virgin olive oil when making this bread dip.  Different brands of olive oil and oils from different regions have different tastes, so choose one that you like best.  My personal favorite is Colavita brand, which is available at most grocery stores.  (As a side note, just like with wine tastings, you can do olive oil tastings, too.  I've done one and it's lots of fun!  The taste differences are amazing.)

  • Grated Parmesan cheese - Again, since this bread dip is made with relatively few simple ingredients, choose good cheese.  Be sure the cheese is grated, not shredded, so it combines well and mixes into the olive oil.  Buy a block and grate the cheese yourself, or buy good-quality packaged pre-grated Parmesan.

Just as the name implies, the ingredients for this tasty olive oil bread dip are indeed quite simple.

  • Fresh garlic - Fresh garlic brings a ton of flavor to the bread dip.  Squash it fine with a garlic press or very finely mince it with a sharp knife to avoid large pieces in the dip.  The garlic will be very strong at first, but refrigerating the bread dip over night mellows out the garlic into a truly wonderfully-tasting dip.

  • Balsamic vinegar - This recipe calls for a small touch of balsamic vinegar, just 2 teaspoons to the 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil.  While that may not seem like much, even that small bit of balsamic vinegar's distinct richness brings a great hit of flavor and just the right amount of acidity to the bread dip.  There truly is no substitute for balsamic.

  • Dried seasonings - Dried Italian seasoning, dried parsley, salt, and pepper are all you need to finish out this simple olive oil bread dip's flavor profile.

Of course, good bread rounds out this appetizer favorite, for sure.

What bread is best to serve with olive oil bread dip? -- Choose a good sturdy, crusty bread from the bakery area of the grocery store.  A nice crusty French baguette or boule, sturdy sourdough, or ciabatta are all fabulous choices to soak up lots of the tasty bread dipping oil.

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How to Make Simple Olive Oil Bread Dip

One of the great beauties of this simple Olive Oil Bread Dip is that it's truly SUPER easy to make.

To whip up a batch, place 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a small bowl.  Add in grated Parmesan cheese, a clove of fresh garlic, a little balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper and whisk everything together with a fork until it's well combined.  That's it!


Cover and refrigerate the bread dip mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to mellow and meld.

Use a garlic press to squash the garlic fine, or very finely mince it with a sharp knife to avoid having large pieces in the finished bread dipping oil.


Cover and refrigerate the bread dip mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to mellow and meld.  The garlic taste will be very strong at first, but once the bread dip chills out for a while the garlic mellows out to taste fabulously.
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When refrigerated, the olive oil will solidify a bit and turn cloudy in color. Just set the bread dip out at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving, or warm it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to restore it's regular color and liquid texture.

Then you're ready to enjoy the deliciousness!  Grab those bread chunks and get dipping away.

Whether you serve it up as a meal starter, alongside a hearty pasta dish like ground beef stuffed shells or homemade spaghetti and meatballs, or for dipping while you sip on your favorite glass of wine, this is one tasty easy-to-make, easy-to-serve appetizer favorite that'll be love by all.

What's to love about this Olive Oil Bread Dip recipe:
  • SUPER easy to make
  • Fabulous flavor
  • An easy-to-serve appetizer favorite 
  • Can be made in advance for make-ahead convenience

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Yield: 1/2 cup
Author: Tracey | The Kitchen is My Playground
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Simple Olive Oil Bread Dip

Simple Olive Oil Bread Dip

Nothing says easy and delicious like a simple Olive Oil Bread Dip. Mix it up in 5 minutes flat, chill to meld the flavors, and then serve it up with crusty bread for one super flavorful appetizer favorite. Perfect as a meal-starter, alongside a hearty pasta dish, or for dipping while you sip on your favorite glass of wine.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: Total time: 5 M

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions:

To Prepare Olive Oil Bread Dip:
  1. Place olive oil in a small bowl.  Add Parmesan, garlic, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper; whisk with a fork until well combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow flavors to mellow and meld.
To Serve:
  1. Break a loaf of crusty bread into pieces, or use a serrated knife to cut it into cubes.
  2. Remove olive oil mixture from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour olive oil bread dip into small individual dipping bowls and serve with bread pieces.
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. The noted 5-minute prep time does not include allowing refrigeration time for the bread dip flavors to meld.  While the dip can be served immediately, refrigerating over night makes this dip's flavor so much better.  The garlic taste can be "harsh" when served immediately. I very highly recommend preparing this dip in advance and refrigerating overnight.
  2. When refrigerated, the olive oil will solidify a bit and turn cloudy in color. Set the bread dip out at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes, or warm in the microwave for about 20 seconds to restore it's regular color and liquid texture.
  3. Olive oil bread dip is best served with a sturdy, crusty bread such as a crusty French baguette or boule, sourdough, or ciabatta.
  4. To avoid large pieces of garlic in the dip, chop it very finely with a sharp knife or finely squash the garlic with a garlic press.
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1 comment

  1. What a great recipe - we haven't done something like this in ages but always make fresh bread which would be perfect with this. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

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