Italian Bread-Dipping Oil

While we love to cook and are always coming up with new recipes, we also love going out to restaurants where we can try new things and get inspiration for future concoctions in our own kitchen. Our enthusiasm may initially be for whatever new main courses we might find on the menu, we find we get just as excited for the appetizers as well as the entrée, even if that’s just bread and butter – or dipping oil, like the one we love at our favorite Italian restaurant. A perfect blend of herbs, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this mixture completely transforms the typical bread and butter experience, and we can’t get enough of it!

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
Baguette or focaccia, sliced

Pour olive oil into serving bowl, then pour balsamic vinegar into the center of bowl.
Add crushed garlic, then sprinkle dried herbs in and red pepper flakes, if using.
Gently mix everything together, then serve with warm focaccia or toasted baguette.

Recipe adapted from Manila Spoon