The Traditional Bread Dipping Appetizer
The Mediterranean countries of Italy and Greece have popularized the gourmet experience of bread dipping. Sliced celery sticks, cubed cheese and crackers cannot compare with a flavorful bread dip of fresh sliced and toasted bread dipped into extra virgin oil saturated with exquisite herbs.
Surprise your guests a gourmet hors d’ourves of savory freshly baked Italian bread sliced and toasted lightly ready for a bread dip into extra virgin oil that has been blended with sweet and sassy spices. Your guests will toast your bread dipping appetizer extraordinaire.
Make your own special gourmet bread dipping recipe by making a bread dip from scratch. You can add your own selection of spices and herbs, specialty olive oil and vintage balsamic vinegar to your bread dip. Fresh spices will give the most pungent tastes. Other additions to the extra virgin bread dipping oil could be grated parmesan, cracked pepper or lemon juice.
If guests descend unexpectedly and no fresh spices are on hand, you can make a great bread dipping recipe by re-hydrating spices out of your cupboard. Sprinkle the spices into a shallow dish and cover the spices just barely with water. Have a glass of wine while you wait the 15 minutes to allow the spices to be brought to peak as they are re-constituted with the water. They will taste as though you just chopped them finely. Then drain the water from the spices and complete your bread dip by adding your specialty olive oil. Voila – a fabulous taste treat of olive bread dip.
Keep special extra virgin oil on hand at all times for just such occasions. That is a necessity for the great flavor that will have your guest raving about your bread dip. Fine oil and equally fine vinegar are essential ingredient to the gourmet bread dip. Freshly baked sour dough, Foccacio or baguette bread are good selections for bread dipping appetizers.
Your hors d’oevre can become a masterpiece by using dishes specially designed for bread dipping. Pool the balsamic vinegar into the extra virgin oil to give flair to your presentation. Slice the bread at an angle. Cut these slices in half. Offer the bread on a platter along with side dishes prepared your special way for bread dipping.
Your own special combinations of bread dip can be prepared in advance, stored in bottles and available for a party or a drop by guest. Bread dipping is delicious and fast and easy to prepare. You have created your own version of Old World cuisine.
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