One of my favorite parts about dining out is the bread service. There are so many ways to incorporate a bread plate into a meal, but one of my absolute favorites is a simple plate of warm, crusty bread and garlic heavy dipping oil.
The secret to a good oil dip for bread is to always include just a touch of acid, whether vinegar or citrus juice. Just a teaspoon or so helps round out the oil and keeps the palate lively. This dip is the perfect way to start a dinner party or impromptu get-together. It keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can make it well in advance, and have it at the ready. This recipe is suited to a medium flavored olive oil that allows the garlic and vinegar to shine through.
Try substituting different herbs for the oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage will do extremely well. Parsley or cilantro will also do nicely but make sure to add them after the oil has cooled, not while it is cooking as you would with oregano or other harder herbs.
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