Garlic-Infused Oil and Dipping Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 13 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 3 min
  • Yield: 1/2 cup oil
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1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Balsamic vinegar

Pinch red pepper flakes

Pinch salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Hot crusty loaf Italian or French bread, sliced


  1. To make the garlic oil, in a small saucepan, gently heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until it is fragrant but not colored, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Cover and let steep for 1 hour. Strain into a sterilized bottle or jar and discard the garlic. Use within 24 hours. (Or store in a sterilized container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)
  2. To make the dipping sauce, place the oil at room temperature in a shallow bowl or decorative plate. Swirl a drizzle of balsamic decoratively into the center. Sprinkle with the pepper flakes, salt, and ground black pepper, and top with a light coating of cheese.
  3. Serve as a dip for hot bread.