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Bread Dipping Simplicity

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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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A Bread Dipping Gift Set

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Bread dipping gift set includes gourmet olive oil dipping dishes that display a spiral accent in which a gradual color variation of the olive oil is displayed. A bread dipping gift features four dripping dish set which comes with Italian bread dipping herbs and spice and extra virgin olive oil. This special starter can be enjoyed before the main course of any meal. Usually they are of stoneware and when they are filled with the highest quality olive oil, a delicate floral rosette appears inside the dish. A dipping dish is most definitely a compliment to glass drizzle cruets.

An American dipping dish set usually comes with a limited warranty and each spiral design dish is 4.25 inches wide. They are made of kitchen stoneware, chip resistant and dishwasher and microwave safe. As a bread dipping snack to start any meal, a Cruets Gourmet Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices is ideal. These dipping dishes are ideal when used as a housewarming gift, or a personalized hostess gift during holidays. The spices used are all natural, using basil, oregano, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and parsley. There is no MSG and no trans fats included.

French bread of any favorite bread warmed can be used to bring out the flavors of any favorite recipe. If you prefer extra flavor, soak one tablespoon of spices in two tablespoons of water for approximately 10 minutes. Drain and add extra virgin olive oil.

An Italian meal with quality stoneware bread dipping dishes in which fine imported extra virgin olive oil will highlight any evening. For entertaining, each stoneware piece features creative spiral lines that can be seen every day.

Eating healthy seems to be the number one dietary eating habit. Extra virgin olive oil is a heart healthy addition and when used in drizzle cruets and with dipping dishes, a boring meal all of a sudden becomes a fashionable dining in choice. A bread dipping set is relatively inexpensive. It is a thoughtful gift for cooks and non-cooks alike. Or…you can buy the seasonings separately if you already have a cruet and dipping dishes.

As an entrée, a loaf of warmed French bread, a drizzle cruet and dipping dishes will pave the way to a meal consisting of pasta and tossed salad. With a room full of friends, and loads of conversation, the evening will slip away before you even know it.

Do your favorite chef a favor. Purchase a white Stoneware dipping set a premium extra virgin olive oil in a dark bottle. Find a new recipe for the evening and invite yourself over to include a bottle of wine. Italian flavor and you didn’t have to fly to Italy to enjoy this cuisine. You will wonder why you didn’t your exclusive chef years earlier.

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Bread Dipping Dish

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Bread Dipping Dish the Unique Gift

Bread dipping using a bread dipping dish has been around for many years. At one time, you only saw it being done in Italian restaurants since the traditional meal includes bread dipping. Now private homes enjoy this wonderful entrée to a meal. Dipping freshly baked bread into extra virgin olive oil that has been mixed with herbs and spices is a perfect excuse to invite friends to a social gathering.

Bread dips have many uses. Your dipping sauce can be added to pastas, salads and different meats. Extra virgin olive is the base ingredient and with vinegar, the mixture will be reflected in taste and appearance. You will want to use bread that is suitable. Italian Foccacia, Ciabatta, French baguette or sourdough work very well, dipping into a bread dipping dish.

Before your guests arrive, arrange the sliced bread in an attractive manner. When everyone has seated themselves at the table, provide your guests with flavored dipping sauce. Adding oil dressed with swirls of balsamic vinegar is eye catching and will add to this unique evening.

Bread dipping dishes make unique gifts for any occasion. This gift easily blends into any kitchen décor. Because the bread dipping dish is made of chip resistant porcelain, it is dish washer safe as well as microwave safe. A visual display of color funnels into the dish when filled with extra virgin olive oil. Olive green tints appear, providing a work of art that captivates the eye, when the olive oil is added. A lovely floral rose appears within the dipping dish. When Italian balsamic vinegar is added, the oil and vinegar separate and the vinegar settles to the bottom of the olive oil in the dipping dish.

The next time you are at a loss as to what to prepare for your guests, think Italian. Fresh, warm bread is all you will need to begin a meal. As an entrée, it is quite easy to carry on delightful conversation as your guests enjoy something totally new to them. You can be the first on the block to start a new fad and it hardly costs you anything.

Bread dipping is very common in Italy and at one time, only restaurants offered this entree to their customers. It is a very healthy way to enjoy a meal and now many homes have savvy hostesses who display their prized extra virgin olive oil in bread dipping dishes with the aroma of freshly baked bread permeating throughout the house. Coupled with a pasta dish and tossed salad, this meal time definitely will be remembered for a very long time. There is no reason to stand over a stove for hours on end when all it takes is a dipping dish, extra virgin olive oil and different breads.

Extra virgin olive oil is a healthy fat and can be enjoyed without feeling any guilt. Even the American Heart Association states that fat is not the cause of serious illnesses, only saturated fat. Now you have no reason not to dip your favorite bread in warmed extra virgin olive oil served in an attractive bread dipping dish.

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Bread Dipping an Ideal Appetizer

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Bread Dipping the Italian Cuisine Appetizer

Is there such a thing as a perfect appetizer just by dipping bread? Yes, and it is the perfect addition to any Italian meal that has pasta as the main ingredient.

For oil dipping, using extra virgin olive oil, soft bread is most ideal. There are some dipping variations that allow for the toasting of bread before serving it. If tomatoes are in season, you can dry them and add to your oil dipping appetizer. Basil leaves chopped can also be added.

Try this oil dipping alternative and see if your guests won’t compliment your cooking abilities.

1 tablespoon garlic clove, peeled and pressed
1 teaspoon fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
1 ½ tablespoon dried parsley
A dash of fresh ground black and red pepper to taste.

Combine all ingredients, whisking together. Place a teaspoon on a dipping dish and drizzle with gourmet extra virgin olive oil. Dip soft Italian bread and of course, adjust the seasoning to suit your guests taste. Add additional oil until the herbs on the plate are gone.

Bread dipping is used as an appetizer and when preparing a party, your guests will enjoy dipping a variety of breads and fresh vegetables into the dipping sauce. If meat is served, you can prepare ahead of time a dipping sauce marinade exclusively for dipping meat. A number of dipping sauces can be set out for your guests to try. Why not have each of your guest prepare a dipping sauce which they can bring to your party. Then everyone has an opportunity to try a different sauce.

A good quality bottle of extra virgin olive oil on hand will allow you to create dipping sauces that you particularly like. It may cost a bit more but it is well worth the money spent when purchasing superior olive oil. Always have a bottle in your kitchen cupboard for those special occasions. A fast appetizer can be created when unexpected guests knock on your door. Bread dipping dishes can be recreated over and over and you will never tire of the various ways that herbs can be blended, coupled with herbal seasoning.

Superior extra virgin quality oil will need to be purchased in dark bottles. Light will destroy the fragile taste and your money is wasted. Do not store your precious oil in plastic containers as a plastic taste or flavor will permeate into the olive oil. You can store the olive oil in a glass drizzle cruet if it is placed in the cupboard when not in use. Olive oil will need to be stored in a cool dark place. Any olive oil that has been affected by heat or intensive light will have a copper hue; this is characteristic of oxidization. When stored properly, extra virgin olive oil can be kept for up to two years. Olive oil is most flavorable the first two months after pressing. Olive oil should not be stored in the refrigerator; this will block its full delicate flavor.

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Bread Dipping is a Staple of the Mediterranean Diet

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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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Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set

Friday, March 27th, 2009

an oil and vinegar cruet with sliced crusty Italian bread for bread dipping in olive oil dipping dishes

The use of extra virgin olive oil is a world wide condiment and using the right oil and vinegar cruet is very important. This international diet trend is making headway in the United States. Extra virgin olive oil is a very healthy unsaturated fat recognized to be heart healthy. While the Mediterranean area is the focal point when it comes to growing olives, the use of olive oil is seen even in areas which do not grow olives. Olive oil is used in all kinds of culinary dishes and has replaced other vegetable oils for cooking. Salads are livened up with extra virgin olive oil is sprinkled throughout. Many have also included balsamic vinegar in addition to the extra virgin olive oil to their tossed salads.

Glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set

Containers and cruets for olive oil and vinegar need to be well-designed. There are few bottles used for oil and vinegar that are convenient in a table setting. Because oil and vinegar cruets come in a pair, being able to design bottles that eliminate drips is what you will need to be on the look out for and purchase. There is a new European design that holds both oil and vinegar in an elegant see through glass. It has been designed to mix the oil and vinegar and then served as vinaigrette from the same bottle with a drizzle spout. Mixing extra virgin olive oil and vinegar produces a different consistency and taste than when eaten separately. Vinaigrette is increasing in popularity. Prior to the main course of any meal, using a soft bread and dipping into a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and a vinaigrette is a wonderful and healthy appetizer. Especially is this common in restaurants with an Italian flair. Your appetite is awakened in preparation of the main course as you anticipate  the same thoughtfulness that went into using the right vinegar and oil container for this special meal.

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Uniquely designed dipping dishes are used, although outside of the United States some may be made with lead paint which is a hazard to your health. A safe restaurant grade olive oil dipping dish was designed and it has great eye appeal and is very functional. This is the same company that designed the no drip Drizzle Cruets. The oil and vinegar are kept separate or they can be combined for a unique flavor. While this special container is being filled, a floral image is seen; a different design is noted with each use. It definitely is a one of a kind kitchen container and can be given as an extraordinary personal gift to anyone special in your life. Dipping dishes are not very common in the United States. A dipping dish that distributes the oil and vinegar according to the consumer’s wishes can indeed be very challenging. Dipping bread has become increasingly popular at most international restaurants and personal homes. With a dipping dish that caters to the customers or house guests taste buds, the meal is sure to be an instant success and of course memories of any special event will not be soon forgotten.

 

A Bread Dipping Gift Set

Tuesday, November 04th, 2008

bread dipping giftCruets Gourmet Bread Dipping Gift Set includes Herbs and Spices to start a meal in style or make a delicious Italian snack memorable.
Need to find a holiday, housewarming, or hostess gift? The beautifully-crafted Bread Dipping Set is a truly unique selection which will be used over and over through the years, at get-togethers with family and friends.

This gourmet gift set delivers flavors reminiscent of old Tuscany in a blend of the Italian Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices. The quality blend of ingredients, all natural, includes garlic, sun dried tomatoes, parsley, basil and oregano, with no MSG and no trans fats. Add to favorite recipes to enhance the flavors or used as a dip for freshly-baked bread, For even more flavor, you can soak 1 tablespoon of spices in 2 tablespoons of water for about 10 minutes. Drain the water and pour in extra virgin olive oil. 

Bring old world Tuscan charm to your table with quality stoneware bread dipping dishes of bone white color. Beautifully designed with artistic spiral lines, the durable dishes are made of fine American stoneware with a pleasing appearance enhanced by a shiny gloss resulting from high firing. The simple beauty of the design means these dishes will coordinate well with existing tableware or be welcome in a new home. They are both microwave and dishwasher safe.

• Fine quality, durable kitchen stoneware
• Chip resistant and dishwasher and microwave safe
• Made exclusively in the USA
• A Cruets.com Exclusive gift

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Panzanella Italian Bread

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Panzanella: A Fabulous Italian Bread Dish

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile and flexible vegetables, and what you can do with them is only limited by your imagination. Below, you will find a recipe, which is one creative way of showing this delicious vegetable’s versatility.

In order to make Panzanella or Italian style bread appetizer, you will need the following ingredients:

6 cups day-old crusty peasant-style bread, cut or torn into bite size pieces
1/3 cup to ¼ cup olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 table spoons balsamic vinegar
4 medium tomatoes diced
¾ cup red onion, sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, shredded
½ cup pitted green olives, halved
1 cup mozzarella cheese (marinated, if desired), cut into bite size pieces

Before anything else, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the bread in 1/3 cup olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic. When everything is fully coated, lay the bread on a baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bread has turned into a golden brown color.

Remove the bread from the oven and cool slightly. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¼ cup olive oil and vinegar. Stir the toasted bread with the rest of the ingredients. Finally, add the vinaigrette. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, in order for the flavors to be fully absorbed and blended.

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Panzanella Italian Style

Thursday, October 16th, 2008


Panzanella: A Fabulous Italian Bread Appetizer

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile and flexible vegetables, and what you can do with them is only limited by your imagination. Below, you will find a recipe, which is one creative way of showing this delicious vegetable’s versatility.

In order to make Panzanella or Italian style bread, you will need the following ingredients:

6 cups day-old crusty peasant-style bread, cut or torn into bite size pieces
1/3 cup to ¼ cup olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 table spoons balsamic vinegar
4 medium tomatoes cut into small wedges
¾ cup red onion, sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, shredded
½ cup pitted green olives, halved
1 cup mozzarella cheese (marinated, if desired), cut into bite size pieces

Before anything else, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the bread in 1/3 cup olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic. When everything is full coated, lay the bread on a baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bread has turned into a golden brown color.

Remove the bread from the oven and cool slightly. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¼ cup olive oil and vinegar. Stir the toasted bread with the rest of the ingredients. Finally, add the vinaigrette. Let the salad stand for about 20 minutes before serving, in order for the flavors to be fully absorbed and blended.

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Bread Dipping Dishes Gift Set

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Bread dipping dishes gift set are the small dishes perfect for dipping sauces such as olive oil, herbs and spices, balsamic vinegar, with Parmesan cheese or any other cheeses that you can dip your bread into while you’re waiting for your main course or your salad at a restaurant. Now you can have this at home with this lovely gift set you can find online the at Cruets.com . They are reasonably priced see you can order more than one set for everyone on your list.These lovely Italian bread dipping dishes have a built-in swirl so when you pour the oil or Balsamic vinegar onto the dish it follows the swirl and makes a lovely pattern. Bread dripping dishes gift set make the perfect holiday hostess gift when going to a party or they make a great gift for someone at your office or a neighbor or your child’s teacher or a friend or family member. Anyone who enjoys entertaining would love to receive these lovely bread dishes to be used again and again before meals at dinner parties they hold that their house.

Bread dripping dishes gift set allows each person to have their own bread dish for dipping instead of sharing which can cause all kinds of problems the least of which is elbow room. All that is required is the addition of a fresh baked loaf of Italian or French bread … sliced in 3/4 inch thick slices; Add the flavorful Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil, sprinkle in the Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices… and enjoy!

Bread dripping dishes gift set are white stoneware and are the perfect accent to any décor because they absorb the colors around them and make the perfect accent to whatever dining style you’ve set your table to. Comes in sets of four single serving dishes, each stoneware dish is made in the USA, microwave and dishwasher safe. This gift set makes an ideal Christmas gift for any kitchen.

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