Sliced sourdough bread and olive oil for dipping
10 Ingredients To Elevate Your Bread Dipping Oil
High-Quality Oil
Use high-quality extra virgin olive oil that has been cold-pressed as the base. You should love the taste of it, even on its own.
Sprinkle Za'atar
Za'atar is an herb blend customarily added to olive oil and typically has a savory, nutty, and herbaceous character that helps elevate bread dipping oil.
The blend includes thyme, marjoram, oregano, and za'atar. Sesame seeds provide crunch, and sumac gives the mix a tart flavor.
Herbes De Provence
This mix can differ, but it commonly contains dried herbs like fennel seeds, basil, thyme, oregano, tarragon, marjoram, rosemary, and mint.
Some will add another touch of Provence to the mix with dried lavender, which can add a slightly floral element to your bread dipping oil.
Balsamic Vinegar
The mix of balsamic vinegar and olive oil is a marriage made in culinary heaven. It is arguably one of the most common dipping oils in Italian cuisine.
The fruity yet acidic sharpness of balsamic vinegar cuts right through the oil, elevating both flavors, while the sweetness of the vinegar rounds out the taste very well.
Crushed Feta And Olives
A mix of feta and olives can perfectly balance salty and umami. Adding feta breaks the saltiness slightly while creating a new level of richness.
Take extra time to crush or chop the olives roughly with a knife. This allows their flavor to infuse into the oil and make it easier to pick up bits when dipping with the bread.