A quick and easy appetizer for keeping hunger at bay is a flavorful dipping oil. My Greek Dipping Oil is full of aromatic herbs and pairs perfectly with some warm pita bread!
Olive Oil for Dipping
Just like the Mexican restaurants put chips and salsa on the table, Italian Restaurants put out this delicious plate of olive oil, herbs, occasionally some balsamic vinegar, and a loaf of warm toasty bread.
There is something enticing about fruity olive oil, aromatic herbs, and warm bread that gets my mouth watering. Just like those damn chips and salsa!
Carrabba’s is the most notorious for this and there have been plenty of copycat recipes for their bread dipping oil. I order my Shrimp Scampi and salad but somehow I am full by the time the salad arrives because I have eaten my weight in bread and dipping oil.
We have been skipping the Italian restaurants lately because Brooks is on a Paleo diet and been eating at a lot of Mediterranean and Greek places.
I thought to myself, why can’t I make a Greek Dipping Oil and use some warm pita to soak it up?
I know this defeats the purpose of not filling up before the meal but I like to have the dipping oil and bread as a tapas-style meal instead of the whole shebang!
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What kind of olive oil do you use for dipping oil recipes?
Because the herbs and the olive oil are the stars of the show, you need to pick a high-quality one. Also, to understand the process of making olive oil to be able to pick the best one for dipping oil, cooking, dressings, etc.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is best for dipping. This is the lightest, unrefined, and has all the flavors, aromas, and colors of the olives it comes from.
Refined Olive Oil is produced by treating unrefined olive oil to remove some of the bitterness but in doing so the process removes all the color, flavor, aroma, and antioxidant properties that make unrefined olive oil so great!
Pure Olive Oil is best for cooking. This version is a mix of the Extra Virgin and refined olive oils to create a lighter color and a neutral flavor.
Light Olive Oil is not a low-calorie version of Extra Virgin Olive Oil but a refined oil that has a higher smoke point so you can use it for baking, frying, and grilling.
So when picking the olive oil for your dipping oil, choose an Extra Virgin Olive Oil to bring out all the yummy olive flavors and benefits!
- Fresh minced garlic
- Oregano or other herbs
- Parmesan cheese, finely and freshly grated.
- Balsamic vinegar
- Black pepper, fresh ground
- Crusty bread, for dipping of course!
I love all these suggestions but I am throwing them out the window, going with my taste buds, and making this Greek Dipping Oil with my Homemade Greek Seasoning.
All the aromatic and floral aromas of the dill, rosemary, oregano, and marjoram mixed with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, make a unique and distinctive dipping oil.
It is best to tackle this Greek Dipping Oil with some warm pita bread. The heat of warm bread only enhances the aromas and flavors and isn’t that what a simple dipping oil is supposed to do?
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Don’t go to a restaurant and fill up on bread before the meal, make this Greek Dipping Oil and Warm Pita at home for a light and flavorful snack for the afternoon. How about a bottle of wine to go with it?
- 2 whole pita, small
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Greek Seasoning Mix
- Toast your pita bread for a few minutes to get it warm.
- Pour your olive oil into a small bowl or plate.
- Sprinkle in your Greek Seasoning.
- Stir to mix.
- Enjoy with friends!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1177mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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