Bread Dipping Oil

I normally don’t do trends. But a BREAD DIPPING OIL? Twist my everything.

These are popular right now. Maybe they’ve always been popular? Think: every Italian restaurant chain in the ’90s. IN.

So we’re going to make one. And honestly, these are highly tweakable, adaptable, customizable, all the -ables you can muster up. We basically want savory, tang, heat, depth and a touch of sweet all in one unhinged bite.

Let us peepeth.

I made the focaccia from scratch, but grab any ol’ crusty bread you whole heartedly can’t live without.

And if any of these ingredients don’t vibe with you, leave ’em out! But I feel like they’ll vibe with you. What are we even doing here if not?

Just get it all minced or grated or chopped and spooned into a bowl. I ended up swirling in more balsamic for more tangy sweetness once I tasted it, so adjust as you go.

Because listen up . . .


See, we’ll heat the oil just a bit so that when it hits the aromatics and herbs, they bloom. We want them to come alive in that oil, bruh!

Look at all that chunk. Seriously a flavor volcano in your mouth.

Get your favorite bread torn up and dunked in that mess. You will fall in love.

Here’s a bread recipe if you’re in need!

New life. Right there.

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  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Freshly minced parsley
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 Tbs. Minced shallots
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Any crusty bread you love, to dip


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, parsley, garlic, shallots, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. Heat the olive oil until it starts to barely pop, then pour the hot oil over the ingredients. Stir with a spoon to combine. The oil cools quickly. We just want a little blooming first. Taste it and adjust it anyway you want! More sweetness? Add more balsamic. Get it just right.
  2. Serve with your favorite bread!
  3. Serves roughly six.

Dunk dunk.

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6 Responses to Bread Dipping Oil

  1. Lola February 27, 2024 at 10:15 am #
    Hey Bev, looks deelish!! Perfect appie! Wanted to double check that the olive oil is 1/2 cup?? There is no measurement after 1/2 in the recipe. Thanks for a keeper recipe!!
  2. Sabrina March 6, 2024 at 8:47 pm #
    perfect for me, no bad ingredients, just really good ones, nice combination of them too, not just your basic olive oil dip, thank you!
  3. Stefanie Phelps May 22, 2024 at 6:36 pm #
    Absolutely delicious just like all of your creations. Perfect for summertime.

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