You can recreate the yummy bread dipping seasonings / spices used by restaurants just by mincing some fresh herbs. Make sure to use the best tasting extra virgin olive oil you can find.
Before I show you how you can recreate the bread dipping seasonings used by many of your favorite restaurants, I have to give a shout out to my mentors. You may or may not know that I am a member of Food Blogger Pro. It is the brainchild of Bjork, who’s wife is Lindsay, the creator of the successful food blog, Pinch of Yum. What Bjork has done is put together a program of videos showing people what he and Lindsay have learned while starting and maintaining a food blog. Their tips are invaluable and contain all the fine details of setting up your blog. Who knew there were so many details? I joined in December and have learned so much it’s hard to imagine.
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Now back to the bread dipping seasonings that restaurants use to make their olive oil so good. I know that my favorite place to go that has the best olive oil bread dip, is Bonefish Grill. Bonefish is not in all States, but they have a great olive oil that they serve with fresh baked bread. You can recreate the taste of this and bake your own french bread using my simple recipe.
The bread was started just before 3 pm and it was baked and out of the oven by 5:45. The seasoning recipe makes about 1/4 cup of the mixture that I store in a small jar in the refrigerator. It only takes a small amount in the olive oil to impart the great flavor that works so well with fresh bread. The quantities in the recipe are approximations and can be varied. They give you the basics of most bread dipping seasonings that restaurants use. One note is that some recipes call for fresh rosemary. You can add a small amount if you would like. I personally feel that rosemary is too strong a flavor for this. Just my preference.
Mix up a batch when you have some fresh herbs to use.
Bread Dipping Seasonings
- 1 tbsp minced fresh basil
- 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- Place all ingredients except the olive oil in a small food processor and puree until finely chopped, (or use a really sharp knife and chop until very finely minced)
- Add the small amount of olive oil and pulse until incorporated.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of spices to 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Store unused portions in the refrigerator.
- Serve with bread of choice