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Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Balsamic Bread Dip from The Food Charlatan
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Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Balsamic Bread Dip

Now you can enjoy the quintessential appetizer from your favorite Italian restaurants at home! Nothing beats bread, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar that's been jazzed up with some spices and garlic. It's so simple, yet so amazing!


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, good quality
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 tablespoons oregano, or Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, fresh , finely grated
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • ground black pepper, fresh, to taste
  • crusty bread, for dipping


  • Pour the olive oil into a small shallow pan. Set over medium-low heat.
  • Add the minced garlic. Leave the oil and garlic over the heat just until it has warmed, (you are not cooking it, just warming) then pour the oil onto a deep plate or wide, shallow bowl.
  • Immediately sprinkle with oregano, parmesan, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper.
  • Serve with hot crusty bread! Prepare to abandon your dinner.


Pretty much every ingredient amount is alterable, so have it your way!


Serving: 1 slice, Calories: 288 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 29 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 105 mg, Potassium: 67 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 92 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 124 mg, Iron: 1 mg