Herb Dipping and Marinating Oil
A blend of fresh herbs combined with a good tasting olive oil is all you need for an appetizer or a meal (who am I to judge). I’ve made this blend a few times, but it will be frequented even more after learning my toddler devoured a large quantity of it!
My history with this herbed oil dates back to South America! I visited both Argentina and Chile for 3 weeks and became obsessed with a similar dip. This was a stable dip there and I missed it once I returned.
You can dip in it, marinate with it, and freeze it for future use! A quick appetizer or meal is at your fingertips. So, be sure to grab these herbs on your next grocery trip (or your backyard).
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Fresh is Key!
I highly recommend using fresh herbs for this recipe. Yes, it is convenient to use dried herbs but you will definitely taste a difference when using dried vs fresh herbs. I have made the oil with dried oregano before versus fresh and could taste a slight difference. After that day, I told myself… FRESH IS KEY!
Marinate! You can most definitely marinate with this herbed oil. Think veggies, seafood, or even chicken. As far as beef goes, it is a great topping! When I visited South America in 2009, they offered many different variation of sauces. This was a form of salsa with steak eaten with breads and steaks… It won me over. With that said, do not hesitate to marinate with this delicious stuff. Add extra salt and pepper to match the quantity.
I am a sucker for good bread, but I have not a clue how to bake it! My absolute day-to-day baguette is from Trader Joe’s. The organic French bread that comes in a completely enclosed bag is my favorite. However, if you are at a local grocery store or bakery then grab what is fresh and looks good to you. A crusty outer layer and soft/fluffy inside sounds way too delicious at the current moment. What I am saying is, a good warm bread is key for this dipping oil.
Sourdough, baguette, or a large artisan bread sliced into thin layers are perfect options!
A mix of fresh herbs that is great for dipping or marinating. It is perfect to freeze or prep any meal within minutes.
- 1 tbsp rosemary, fresh and leaves only
- 1 tbsp parsley, fresh and leaves only
- 1 tbsp oregano, fresh and leaves only
- ½ tbsp basil, fresh and leaves only
- 2 cloves garlic, fresh
- ¼ tsp black pepper, coarse ground
- ½ tsp salt, coarse/kosher
- ½ cup olive oil
- red pepper flakes
Combine all of the herbs and mince them very finely with a large knife.
Place the herbs in a wide bowl or plate and combine the additional ingredients.
Add the oil and enjoy with warm bread.