This post is self-explanatory if you’ve ever dined at the popular Carrabba’s Italian chain restaurant.
The server arrives at your table and they always, quite ceremoniously, set down the plate with the herbs already on it, and take the carafe of fruity olive oil and pour it over top, spreading the mass of herbs around and creating the tiny lake for you to dip the steaming hot, half-loaf of soft bread…okay, stop me, I’m starting to drool.
This herb mix is definitely one of my favorite parts of any Carrabba’s experience and I have been wondering for so long what ingredients are in it. Well, practically anything you want to know can already be found on the internet, so the first recipe I found, from CDKitchen.com, was a super close replica.
I adapted it ever-so-slightly so that it had less of a spicy kick, but feel free to keep it the way they have it, because that way it’s just equal parts of everything.
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Carrabba’s Bread Oil Dip Recipe
adapted from CDKitchen
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
extra virgin olive oil, as needed
lots of fresh bread
Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, into a mortar and pestle. Grind until you get the desired size of herbs. Place a small amount of the herb mixture onto a small plate. Pour olive oil over the herbs to cover and dip the bread in the oil and herb mixture!