Olive Oil Dip Recipe

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Along the lines of great sauces, here's a recipe I cooked up just Monday night to serve with the bread for Paul's birthday dinner.

Choosing a good cheese is the key in keeping only three ingredients in this dip. The Parm-Reg yielded a saltier dip. Otherwise, I suspect certain diners would have sprinkled the bread with salt. A Pecorino-Romano would also fit the bill with its strong, more peppery flavor. Perhaps I'll try that next time. Remember, the dip recipe itself is gluten-free, but obviously, you would need a gluten-free bread for the entire experience to comply.

I can't vouch for the cost of this dip. The olive oil was what Paul selected during a taste test at Trader Joe's. I chose a good, strong, purple garlic clove that was far from on sale. And of course, a whole block of fresh imported cheese isn't cheap, even at Costco. Er, especially at Costco? Anyway, cost aside, this dip was very good and the leftovers kept well for a couple days in the fridge.

Recipe for Olive Oil Dip

  • 1/2 cup quality olive oil
  • 1 very large clove fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup fresh Parmesan-Reggiano, finely shredded

Combine ingredients in order. Serve in individual containers as shown above or in a lovely bowl to be passed around the table.

Recommended serving suggestion: rosemary olive oil bread.

Eating Vegetarian: 

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