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Italian Dipping Oil

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Teaspoons minced jarred garlic or 4 cloves garlic sliced thin
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Pinch salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Hot crusty bread

Instructions

Make the garlic oil

  • Using a small saucepan gently heat the olive oil over low heat. Don't let it come to a boil, just let it come up to very warm. Place the garlic in the pan, keep the pan on low heat until you can smell the aroma of the garlic. about 3 - 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Place a pan lid or aluminium foil over the pan and let it sit for one hour.
  • Strain the oil to remove the garlic if you like (I left the minced garlic in the oil). Place the room temperature garlic infused oil in a shallow dish. Swirl a Drizzle of balsamic vinegar into the oil, sprinkle with a pinch of red pepper flakes, salt,pepper and top with a light grating of Parmesan Cheese. Serve with hot crusted bread.