It all begins with the ingredients
A crusty, soft loaf of rustic Italian bread
A good quality extra virgin olive oil
A traditional mix of dried Italian herbs
Gustus Vitae Taste of Tuscany Seasoning has all the essential dried Italian herbs and spices you need to create the foundation for your favorite olive oil bread dip. With the right mix of bread dipping seasoning and the best olive oil you can find, you can make a cravable restaurant-style dip.
Combine 1 Tablespoon Gustus Vitae Taste of Tuscany Seasoning with 1/2 cup of a good quality extra virgin olive oil and follow your taste. We suggest adding
1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 pinches of coarse sea salt (to taste)
Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. When ready to use, add the olive oil. Create an aromatic infusion by allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour so the herbs and oil can meld together. Before serving float a clove of fresh garlic on top. If desired, add 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and/or a drizzle of a really good balsamic vinegar.
You can easily forget about dinner when serving this dip apericena but add it to a cheese and charcuterie board for more protein and serve a singular dipping dish of good quality olive oil with veggies pinzimonio*style as the Italians do to round this appetizer out a little more.
*pinzimonio (from the Italian words pinzare, to pinch, and monio,matrimonio). A harmonious pairing of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of coarse sea salt and your choice of fresh vegetables make a perfect marriage of flavors for Italian style crudites.