Italian Bread Dipping Sauce

Serves: 3

Restaurant-style sauce with Italian herbs and balsamic vinegar perfect for dipping your favorite crusty bread. Mix it up with your favorite herbs and add a spicy kick to create your own flavor blend.

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pinch dried or fresh basil, or more to taste (for each bowl)
pinch dried or fresh oregano, or more to taste (for each bowl)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, divided (optional)
1/2 cup extra virgin (good quality) olive oil, divided
3 to 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided (adjust to taste)
Parmesan cheese, to taste


Divide the olive oil into 3 parts in individual, small and shallow dipping bowls. Add about 1-2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar into each bowl. 2 tablespoons vinegar is right up my alley but feel free to adjust the amount to taste. Add the crushed garlic (1 per bowl), if using. If you're not a fan of garlic, feel free to leave it out. I love garlic so I added it but it's not required. Place a pinch or 2 of the herbs of your choice and even a little pinch of chili flakes (if you like a little spicy kick but this is totally optional and ok to leave out). For extra flavor, use freshly chopped herbs. Stir.

Generously sprinkle with grated or shredded parmesan cheese on top. Serve with freshly warmed crusty bread!


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