Feb 1 08
by cara
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Dipping Oil

One of my favorite restaurants here in Houston is a local chain, Carrabba’s Italian Grill.  They serve some amazing entrees, like the Pollo Rosa Maria–grilled chicken breast stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto, topped with mushrooms and a
basil lemon butter sauce.  But before you are served your entree, they bring out hot crusty bread served with dipping oil and spices.  The dipping spices are a combination of herbs, pepper, and garlic.  A few months ago, I was looking for something simple to bring to a family event, and thought about doing something like dipping oil and some fresh baked bread.  I settled on the following combination of spices, adapted from this recipe, and it was a hit.

Dipping Oil


  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic puree
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients.  Serve on a shallow plate with extra virgin olive oil.

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