Two Dipping Oils for Ciabatta or Focaccia

My sister and I took an Italian bread baking class earlier this month at Zingerman’s Bakery where we made ciabatta and focaccia.  Needless to say the bread was delicious.  As we froze some of it (we had a total of 8 loaves of bread, 2 poolish and dough to make 4 more loaves) we recently thawed some to use for dipping.  I have included two recipes that were a toss up as to favorites.  I think the herb mix won…

My sister with the ciabatta bread proofing at Zingerman’s.


Focaccia and ciabatta – yum!


Herb Mix for Dipping Oil

  • 1 tbsp. dried minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. crush red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (I used about 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper (I used a little less)

Combine all of the above ingredients.  Fresh herbs would be simply wonderful and so full of flavor – just adjust the amounts.

When you are ready to serve the oil measure out 4 tsp. of the herb mix in a small bowl.  Add 1 tbsp. water and microwave for 10-15 seconds; drain any excess water.  Add 1/2 cup olive oil and whisk together.

For a little extra flavor boost add a tsp. or two of freshly grated Parmesan cheese right before serving.

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Balsamic and Parmesan Dipping Oil

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I would use less)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (I would add more)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all of the ingredients and mix well.  Can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

Comment: A couple family members felt the balsamic vinegar was a little strong and others liked it – so next time I might cut back on the vinegar and add some more cheese.  Everyone enjoyed the Herb Mix!

The Balsamic and Parmesan Oil on the left and the Herb Mix on the right with some chunks of our delicious ciabatta bread, perfect for dipping.

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See my recipe for Rosemary Focaccia which is a very simple version of this yummy bread.  I will evenutally post the recipes for Zingerman’s Focaccia and Ciabatta.

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