This Italian restaurant copycat will rock your socks! Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious garlic herb bread dip! My family and friends absolutely ADORE this restaurant-style olive oil and herb bread dip.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Since it’s clearly not Christmas yet, what’s wonderful is that my sun bubble is back!!!
Aside from being as made up as Kim Kardashian, a sun bubble is that magical time when the morning sun hits my dining room window at the most perfect angle, with the most perfect intensity, at the most perfect time of day: NAP TIME! Oh and doves cry, and angels get their wings. Or I just get really awesome photos.
The latter seems a tad more practical.
I’m so excited to have found my sun bubble again that I’m not even going to acknowledge the fact that it’s about to pop. Or maybe I will. I’m moving. Actually I’m moving, and then I’m MOVING! Body and blog. Details to come; promise! But until then, I’m going to go ahead and require that you pretend it’s not hotter than Hades outside and roast your garlic.
Pretty please? With olive oil on top?
Thanks! You’re the best!
Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip
Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious garlic + herb bread dip!
Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip
This Carraba’s bread dip copycat is packed with flavor and oh-so-easy to make!
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2-1 whole head of roasted garlic peeled
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt plus any extra to taste
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- a pinch of dried thyme
- a pinch of cayenne or white pepper
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
Grab an entire bulb of garlic and slice a little less than 1/4 of the top off, just enough to expose the cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and seal into a pinched pouch of aluminum foil. Roast anywhere from 40-60 minutes, depending on your oven and patience. Once the house starts to smell like heaven, resist the urge to dive in to the oven and spread the entire thing on toast. Better yet, roast a second bulb so you can do exactly that!
Alternatively, you can roast the garlic ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to four days, and simply whip this up whenever you’re ready for some serious dippage. I typically roast a few bulbs and use the golden cloves in recipes throughout the week.
Once the garlic is ready, the cloves should practically be bursting from the bulb. Remove anywhere from half the cloves to all the cloves in the entire head of garlic and blend together with the olive oil using a food processor or blender.
Add the herbs and seasoning blend and let it sit so the flavors can infuse the olive oil. You can dig in after 20 minutes or give it an hour or so, totally up to you!
Try not to skip the roasted garlic; it’s too good to leave out! serve with the freshest baguette you can get your hands on! If you’re crazy pressed for time you can try sautéing the garlic in oil on the stovetop until fragrant and tender… but the buttery roasted garlic is for sure my favorite part about this delish dip!
When using fresh herbs instead of dried herbs, simply add extra! The dried herbs are more concentrated in flavor so a little extra of the fresh stuff should do the trick! Let your tastebuds be your guide!
Lately I’ve been adding a little fresh squeezed lemon juice along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to the mix in place of the parmesan cheese – SO GOOD! The combination reminds me of my Marinated Tomatoes recipe that I’m so obsessed with!
Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice of bread and optional parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Creating that insanely addictive bread dip from Italian restaurants really is that simple, and if you run amuck with a hunk of parm and your cheese grater? Well then you know how awesome that first bite is about to get.
but really . . . how was it?!
This Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip is AMAZING! After making that garlic, parsley, and oregano olive oil spread for my Beetza the other day, this was naturally the next step.
Well a step, followed by a trip, followed by me falling face first into the bowl like I’ve never seen food before. In college my roommates and I were irrationally obsessed with this ultra processed, additive-filled parmesan herb bread dip seasoning mix that they sold at “Club Pub.” (aka Publix for anyone who didn’t live in Tallahassee) I’m pretty sure it became a makeshift hangover cure of sorts until we discovered brunch. Anywho! I always vowed to make a healthier version at home and, as is tradition, always forgot.
Can I just gush over how glad I am that I finally got my act together!? This stuff is amazing and about to be my new secret weapon when I have friends over for dinner.
I’ve got something else up my sleeve for my paleo buddies but as for everyone else, we carb. We carb hard. If you thought you were a fan of bread before, just wait and see what happens after you introduce your bread glorious bread to this crazy delicious dip.
If you get a chance to try this Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!