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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Archive for January, 2008

Olive Oil Dipping Dish With Bread

Monday, January 21st, 2008

bread dippingBread dipping is the new, healthy alternative to crackers and cheese which have been a staple, but often overused, appetizer. A tasty trend, fresh baked bread dipped in flavored olive oil, with herbs and spices, you will love it.

Bread Dipping In An Olive Oil Dipping Dish

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Tired of serving carrot and celery sticks to guests, why not try something different?

Be the first of your friends to use a new bread dipping dish and you’re sure to start a new trend. Add an olive oil dipping dish and some herb dips to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a culinary winner.

Combine Mediterranean-inspired oils with a variety of breads in a classy bread dipping dish, and you’ve created an appetizer that can be used no matter what the occasion.

There’s no need to run around searching for a gourmet grocer either. Simply visit your local supermarket and look for the olive oil section. Be prepared to spend that little bit extra for a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. Being the highest quality oil, it has a wonderful flavor, and is the best option for bread dipping. It’s likely you might already have some pure olive oil at home, but this is best left for cooking, as the flavor pales in comparison to extra virgin olive oil. 

Despite the name, extra light olive oil does not contain any less calories than other olive oils. The lighter color and flavor is what is referred to in this instance. It makes a great substitute to canola or vegetable oil when baking.

Dipping Dish For Olive Oil Bread Dipping

With a bread dipping dish, you can serve several oils and sauces at once. Place flavored oils such as fresh basil, lemon juice or roasted garlic in one of the olive oil dipping dishes to accompany the bread.

If you’re keen to create your own unique oil for bread dipping, consider adding some prepared basil pesto, Kalamata olive tapenade or sun dried tomato pesto to the oil. Mix well and to ensure that the flavors develop, leave the blended ingredients to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes.

If you want things spiced up a little, add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes to a quarter cup of olive oil. For another flavor, fill one of the olive oil dipping dishes with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. First, dip a piece of bread into the oil, and then into the dish containing the cheese. Your guests will be stunned at the taste sensation.

And don’t think you need to stick to the standard french bread stick. Breads that a great for bread dipping include ciabatta, focaccia and sourdough, all of which can be found at your local deli or bakery. On a cold winter’s night, serve a loaf of warm French bread dough. 

The bread dipping dish is versatile and functional. Try filling with steamed vegetables instead of bread, and dip the vegetables into the flavored olive oil. For the perfect Italian appetizer, place your favorite oil in the olive oil dipping dish and then dip bread or vegetables into the oil. Olive oil bread dipping dish can be found in white stoneware with color graduations in the dish when filled with olive oil. It makes a wonderful wedding present, especially for a visual presentation on the newlyweds dining table. Once the oil is placed in the olive oil dipping dish, lovely green tones will filter through, providing both a work of art and a feast.


Bread Dipping With Olive Oil Dipping Dishes

Wednesday, January 09th, 2008

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A new Bread Dipping Dish. As people become more health conscious, many are turning to the Mediterranean Diet in order to eat a healthy diet without feeling like they’re depriving themselves. A great appetizer originating from Italy, and fitting perfectly with the Mediterranean Diet is bread dipping. select item


Olive Oil Dipping Dish For Bread Dipping

Creating a bread dipping appetizer is simple. All that is required is a bread dipping dish, bread and some olive oil and vinegar. Slice or cube your chosen bread (sourdough and foccacia are great for this), and place some extra virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar in the bread dipping dish. Now all that’s required is to choose a piece a piece of bread and dip it into your desired condiment. Nothing could be more simple.

Our new bread dipping dish provides the perfect dish to use for bread dipping. A simple swirl on the bottom of the dipping dish becomes an artistic focal point when extra virgin olive oil is added. The swirl will appear to get darker as the dipping dish gets deeper. Made from restaurant grade white porcelain, our dipping dish is perfect for any occasion. Elegant and functional, the dipping dish is 4.5 inches wide, and is dishwasher safe, making cleaning a breeze. Should you create your own flavored oils to use in the dipping dish, it is also microwave safe, so oil can be warmed in the microwave to disperse the flavor.

Bread Dipping Appetizer

To obtain the best quality flavor, extra virgin olive oil should be used in the olive oil dipping dish. While you may already have olive oil in your kitchen cupboard, extra virgin olive oil contains the most flavor, and lends itself perfectly to bread dipping, so it’s worth buying some extra virgin olive oil to use for this purpose. To make your own flavored oils for the dipping dish, simply add some fresh herbs and spices to the oil. Basil, lemon juice, sun dried tomato’s and black pepper all work well. Simply allow the flavors to blend for at least 15 minutes before serving. If you do need to use the oil immediately, place the dipping dish in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds. This will help the flavors to disperse so that you can serve straight away.

If you haven’t already tried it, consider making bread dipping appetizer for your next function. You’re sure to start a trend, and the bread dipping dish makes a wonderful table centerpiece, sure to gain many comments. You can be assured that this is one appetizer that will be devoured by all. Bread dipping is a healthy alternative to many other snacks, and does not have to be saved for special occasions. If the kids are hungry after school, bring out the bread dipping dish along with their favorite bread, and they’ll be satisfied in no time. If unexpected guests drop in, it’s no trouble to quickly throw together a quick platter. Slice up some bread, fill the dipping dish with extra virgin olive oil, and it’s ready to serve.

Next time you need to buy a gift, remember that the beautiful American Porcelain Bread Dipping Dish makes a wonderful present. Classy and useful, it’s suitable to give as an anniversary, birthday, engagement or wedding gift. Team it with a quality extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, or a flavored oil you’ve created yourself, and you’ve got a sure winner.


Bread Dip Herbed Mix Recipe

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

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Serving fresh baked bread does not always have to be accompanied with just butter. Try adding a new taste sensation to your meals with our Bread Dip and some warm crusty bread. Start the bread dipping trend amongst your friends, and get them raving about your great idea.

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Our Bread Dip is so versatile, it can also be used over pasta, salad, or even a pizza!

Full of flavor, our Bread Dip recipe can be used for more than just simple bread dipping. Use bread dipping oils and dipping sauces as a base for salad dressings or pasta condiments. Try it over grilled veggies for a new taste explosion, or drizzle it over homemade bruschetta for an authentic touch. There really is no limit to what you can use bread dipping oils for.

Serving Suggestions for Herbed Olive Oil Bread Dipping Mix:

Drizzle over pasta salad before tossing for a wonderful flavor. Place bread dipping oil in a pan as you roast root vegetables. It also provides a wonderful marinade for beef, chicken, lamb and pork.

Herbed Bread Dip Mix Recipe

Recipe produces 1 cup Ingredients:

2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt

Grind all ingredients together to create the base. To transform into bread dipping oil, simply add 1 tablespoon to an olive oil dipping dish before pouring extra virgin olive oil over the mixture. Blend on low speed in you blender unitil well mixed together, and your Bread Dip is ready to go.

Some comments regarding the Herbed Bread dipping Sauce:

This never fails to impress and is a great hostess gift. I have made a double batch of the mixture and given it as a gift, along with a homemade loaf of bread and a bottle of quality extra virgin olive oil.We made a bulk batch and served it with cubed french bread, as it we felt it was the perfect accompaniment to the Italian meal we served. We were asked all night for the recipe. Even better, we made the dipping oil a couple of days before the party, and the flavor was simply amazing.  

Absolutely the BEST dipping oil I have ever come across. I don’t only use it for bread dipping, it forms the base for my homemade chicken artichoke pizza. I also use it in place of Italian seasonings. A wonderful recipe. Simple and quick appetizer, there is never any Bread Dip left at the end of the evening. I wanted to know the ingredients from Carabba’s. I used this recipe as my contribution to a dinner I attended and everyone was impressed. If you need to use the dipping oil immediately after making it, simply place into the microwave for about 10 seconds. Heating allows the flavors to blend immediately into the oil. Also, consider adding some fresh Parmesan cheese to the recipe in place of using salt.

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Resources for Cooking and Culinary Schools

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Culinary training designed by chefs, constructed to prepare a student for a culinary career. Most respected cooking schools offer programs that teach culinary techniques needed to thrive in today’s culinary industry. Hands on kitchen experience from the very first day, working at a customized workstations with professional kitchen equipment.

For a career in a professional kitchen, a formal culinary education is required if you want to make cooking your career, and a respected cooking school is the place to begin, and eventually earn your degree. 

A chef culinary school will offer the art and science behind the flavors of numerous cuisines. There you will learn the skills you need to work in the culinary field.  Knowledgeable teachers offer continued support throughout your training. After class graduation you will be prepared to go to work in a professional kitchen.

Info for respected culinary schools that offer world class instruction and traing in all aspects of the culinary industry. Wide range of programs that combine classical French techniques with American culinary methods. Skills include numerous cuisines.

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Olive Oil Flavor

Monday, January 07th, 2008

Attitudes in the U.S are changing when it comes to olive oil, where it could scarcely be found 30 years ago. And this growing trend is having a positive impact on our health. Contained within olive oil are antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and research has shown that these have the capability of lowering bad cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. It is also believed that the antioxidants found in extra virgin and virgin olive oils may protect against cancer, another good reason to start using olive oil. The same certainly can not be said about butter.

The most common types of olive oil include extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil and olive oil. The extraction method used, and the fatty acid content determines how each oil is classified. When an oil is extracted and bottled without any other processing taking place, it is classed as extra virgin or virgin olive oil. If a combination of refined virgin olive oil and olive oil is bottled, it is known simply as olive oil. This mixture is sometimes known as pure olive oil. Labeling of olive oil is regulated by the International Olive Oil Council (, so you can be assured of what you are buying.

Olive oil flavor is heavily influenced by the area the olives are grown in, and the season that they are harvested in. Olive oil flavor comes from a combination of the olives, free fatty acids, minerals, and pigments and vitamins. The highest percentage of these, and therefore the olive oil with the most flavor, is extra virgin olive oil. To get the best from this olive oil flavor, it is best used uncooked in salad dressings, poured over cooked foods or as a dipping condiment. For a slightly milder olive oil flavor, try virgin olive oil. For cooking and baking, pure olive oil should be used, as it has the least flavor, and is generally the least expensive.

Over time, olive oil will go rancid, and this process will be sped up if it is exposed to air, heat and light. Rancid olive oils are not harmful if consumed, but obviously they lose the flavor that they are usually bought for. To help ensure a long shelf life, store olive oil in a cool, dark place, and never near the stove. Dark colored bottles and metal cans provide the best storage containers, and large containers can be decanted into smaller containers. If you live in a warm area and don’t utilize air conditioning, you can store olive oil in the refrigerator. However, the oil will begin to take on a solid, cloudy form. The olive oil is still usable, it just needs to be returned to room temperature.

Instead of chocolates or wine, consider a good bottle of olive oil the next time you are invited as a guest to someone’s house. If you cook extensively, invest in an expensive bottle of extra virgin olive oil, and you will immediately notice the flavor difference.

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