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Dive into a flavor-packed Roasted Garlic Olive Oil Dip featuring rich extra virgin olive oil, freshly roasted garlic, a blend of herbs, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and a hint of spicy red pepper flakes. It's the epitome of pure simplicity for an unbeatable dipping experience. It seriously makes the perfect simple + easy appetizer. Perfect for dipping crusty bread or drizzling over salads. Make-Ahead + Vegan option.
While I've got an abundance of appetizer recipes on Orchids + Sweet Tea there are times when I find myself in a pinch, unsure of what to make. That's when this Italian-inspired Roasted Garlic Olive Oil Dip always comes to the rescue—sometimes, simplicity is just unbeatable. Of course, I have some fancier dips like Spicy Restaurant Style Salsa, Healthy Green Goddess Salad Dip, and, of course, my much-loved Easy Garlic Herb Three Bean Dip. But today, I wanted to keep it super simple and easy for y'all.
What makes this dip recipe a real gem is that it's not just limited to dipping—leftovers make for an excellent marinade for meats (If you love a garlic + chicken combo definitely try my Skillet Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs) and veggies or a flavorful drizzle on salads, and more! You know I'm all about versatile dishes. Plus, you can easily make it vegan by swapping out the Parmesan, and don't forget, gluten-free bread works just as well for dipping!
Obviously, the star of this garlic dip is, well, the garlic—no surprise there! But what takes it to the next level is the process of roasting whole bulbs in the oven, also known as garlic confit. The magic happens effortlessly, with minimal ingredients making it a breeze to put together!
Nailing the perfect flavor in this fantastic olive oil dip is super easy with just a few main ingredients (plus a pinch of salt + pepper).. Here's the lowdown on what you'll need:
Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with this Garlic Olive Oil Dip. Everything from my bowls, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
This dip pairs perfectly with so many types of bread—here are some of my favorites.
The options are truly endless for ways you can use the dip! Here are my faves:
For an olive oil dip, it's best to use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as it offers a robust flavor profile and a smoother texture. Look for a high-quality, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, as it retains more of the natural flavors and nutrients.
The freshness and quality of the olive oil significantly impact the taste of the dip, so choose one with a fruity and well-balanced character for the best results. I enjoy using Brightland's oils which come in various flavor profiles like basil, chili oil, etc. which adds so much flavor if you feel like getting fancy!
Leftover dip can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week; just bring to room temperature when ready to serve.
Roasting garlic typically takes about 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C). Keep an eye on it; you'll know it's ready when the cloves are soft and golden.
While roasting whole bulbs provides a richer flavor, using pre-minced garlic is a quicker alternative. Just sauté it briefly in olive oil for a milder taste.
Yes, it's a great make-ahead option. Prepare it a day in advance, refrigerate, and let it come to room temperature + add the parmesan before serving!
Certainly! You can easily make the Roasted Garlic Olive Oil Dip vegan by omitting the Parmesan or substituting it with a vegan-friendly alternative. There are various vegan Parmesan cheese options available in stores, or you can use nutritional yeast. Adjust the quantities to suit your taste preferences.
Sure! Simply leave out the red pepper flakes and the olive oil dip won’t have the spicy kick to it. This will also make it more kid-friendly.
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