Dipping oils are fun to serve, are very versatile, and are easy to put together. Any pure olive oil will work and most any flavored oil can be used, along with flavored Balsamic vinegars depending on what flavor you're after. The recipe below is a basic starting dip, experiment with your favorite flavors!
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped
Traditional Dark Balsamic, a drizzle
2-3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
Red Pepper Flakes,a pinch
Salt & Pepper to taste
Place Olive Oil in a shallow decorative bowl. Swirl a drizzle of Balsamic in the center of the bowl. Add remaining ingredients and swirl to combine. Serve with crusty bread such as Italian or French.
-Try adding a flavored Oil or Balsamic such as Tuscan Herb Olive Oil or Oregano Balsamic.
-Add your favorite dried or fresh herbs to enhance flavor combinations.
-Instead of serving with bread, serve with sliced veggies such as bell peppers, fennel, radicchio, endive, or cucumbers.