Mmmmm. Nothing tastes better on homemade bread than fresh herbal dipping oil. In restaurants of the Southwest and West, dipping your fresh bread in seasoned herbal oils is all the rage. Butter? Oh please. That is so yesterday, and also so unhealthy.
Bread, still warm out of the oven, rip a piece off and dip it into a shallow bowl that has olive oil or grapeseed oil that has been mixed with fresh cut basil, rosemary, lemon thyme or your favorite herb. Scrumptious! And so much better for you than the saturated fats of butter or margarine. Plus, these lightly herbed oils allow you to taste the bread rather than the heavy fat on top of it.
Don’t think you can only enjoy this delicacy in restaurants either. You can make your own herbal dipping oils at home and customize them to your liking. Below is a good starter recipe.
1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
Minced basil or thyme or rosemary.
Dash of salt and pepper
Mix all the above ingredients at least a half hour before using to give the herbs a chance to flavor the oil. Dip chunks of bread into the dish of flavored oil. You will not want to go back to heavy bread toppings again.