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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Bread Dipping is a Staple of the Mediterranean Diet

You want to eat healthy but there are so many diets claiming they are number one and the Mediterranean diet is one of many allowing bread dipping. Who do you believe?

An entrée worth trying is bread dipping using herbed olive oil. A bread dipping dish, bread and olive oil and vinegar is all that is required for this easy meal.

Either slice or cube sourdough bread or foccacia. Place some extra virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar in a bread dipping dish. Dip a piece of bread into it and voila…a wonderful prelude to the main meal.

The oil dipping dish adds a special presentation to bread dipping on the table. One dipping dish has a swirl on the bottom which becomes a focal point when you add extra virgin olive oil. This swirl gets darker as the dipping dish gets deeper. The dipping dish is made from white stoneware and can be used for any occasion. It is 4 ½ inches wide and can be put into the dishwasher to clean. If you are of the mind to create your own flavored oils that will be used in the dipping dish, this dish is also microwave safe. The oil can be warmed in the microwave which will help disperse the flavor.

In order to experience the best quality flavor, extra virgin olive oil should be used in the dipping dish since olive oil contains the most flavor. In order to make your own flavored olive oil, add some herbs and spices. Basil, lemon juice, dried tomatoes and black pepper will work very well. Before serving the flavored oil, allow it to blend for at least 15 minutes. If the oil is needed right away, put the dipping dish into the microwave and heat for 10 seconds. The flavors will diffuse and the olive oil can be served immediately.

If you are hosting a special evening, make a bread dipping appetizer. The bread dipping dish is an attractive centerpiece. Coupled with a Mediterranean meal, bread dipping is a healthy alternative to other fat laden snacks. It can be eaten any time. There really is no reason to wait until a special occasion to use a bread dipping dish. Should friends stop by unannounced, it is very simple to combine a quick dish, slicing some bread and filling the dipping dish with extra virgin olive oil and serve.

If you are unsure of what gift to purchase for an anniversary or a birthday, than look to buy the stoneware Bread Dipping Dish. It is classy and useful. When used with quality extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, you have created a winning appetizer. Of course, if you are fortunate to be able to grow your own herbs, it takes no time at all to combine your favorite herbs and place them in olive oil, warmed and allowed to blend for at least 15 minutes. Experiment with your culinary expertise and along with your favorite bread, pasta and a salad, your guests will thank you for a very heart healthy meal. No restaurant will be able to top this Mediterranean meal shared with good friends.

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