Bread Dipping Simplicity
The Mediterranean region introduced bread dipping. It is very popular due to its simplicity and delightful taste. Bread dipping paves the way for the main course and of course lively conversations are prompted in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Usually, the typical appetizer served for a get-together are crackers and cheese or celery sticks and cream cheese. It has become a boring ritual and definitely does not invite a robust conversation. But…when you serve fresh sliced, toasted, freshly baked Italian bread with herbs and spices which are bathed in extra virgin olive oil, now that is a wake up call for a tasty before-the-main meal course. A good bread dipping seasoning has multiple uses. It can be used on salads as well as pasta dressings. Or steamed vegetables, roasts and chicken can also benefit from various herbs and spices which are also used for bread dipping.
By using flavored oils, added herbs and spices, extra quality oil, and vinegar, bread dipping can actually be made from scratch. Initially, you will have to re-hydrate, in water, the spices and herbs, that will be used, in a shallow dish for at least 15 minutes. The excess water is than drained and extra virgin olive oil is added. The various flavors of the mixed herbs and spices will have their aroma brought out as if the herbs were freshly picked from a garden. Depending on taste of your guests, you can add lemon juice, cracked pepper and grated parmesan cheese for an additional zestful dish.
A bread dipping entrée is only as good as the olive oil purchased and being dipped into. You should buy the best quality extra virgin olive oil that is on the market; it should be stored in a dark bottle to preserve the flavoring. As a variation, balsamic vinegar can be added. When using freshly baked foccacia, baguette, or sourdough bread, you can use the gourmet olive oil which will add extra flavoring.
When your guests arrive, on the table will be freshly sliced bread, bread dipping dishes and extra virgin olive oil and vinegar as an invitation to a delightful prelude to the main course. When balsamic vinegar is added, the vinegar will pool in the olive oil, adding an artistic design to the combined olive oil and vinegar. This is especially noted when bread dipping dishes are used as the shallow dish is conducive to the designs. The bread is sliced at an angle along the loaf and the slices can be halved, serving on an extra platter alongside bread dipping dishes.
For a quick and extra healthy mini-meal, bread dipping recipes are quick and can be prepared rather easily. For a planned party, the preparation can save time and energy for the hostess. Bread dipping is good for your health and the unique taste contributes to the finer aspects of old world cuisine. If you want to deviate from the run-of-the-mill appetizers, think about bread dipping and create an amazing entree that will be most welcomed by your guests.
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