Joel and I have a weakness....food! We love it! We both agree that if for some reason we were ever so rich that we had all the money we could use and much more, we would probably end up splurging on food. Not expensive electronic equipment, not new cars, or huge houses.....just give us a really good restaurant with some exceptional dessert, and we'll be happy :) (Okay, so maybe we'd find something a little more charitable to do with it, but don't ruin our daydreams here :) Anyway....sometimes I hit upon a recipe that makes us realize we don't have to be filthy rich to enjoy really good food. Tonight was one of those nights! I had eaten dinner out last night with several friends (this is like a once yearly treat that we allow ourselves) while Joel put the kids to bed here. We all shared this appetizer that was...ummm, so good! Well, I was thinking about it today, and thought how much I'd like to have it again....and went hunting down the recipe. Isn't the internet great? I found several different recipes, but none that quite seemed right, so I ended up combining several, and came pretty close to what I had in the restaurant last night. This one is definitely worth a try!
Olive oil bread dipping sauce
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
pinch of dried basil
course white sea salt--about one teaspoon (can be skipped if desired)
pepper---couple of dashes
one clove garlic, crushed
bagged or fresh parmesan/romano cheese blend, several tablespoons
Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in pan over medium heat; saute crushed garlic clove till soft. Mix in basil, heat. Add rest of oil and heat--about 15 seconds. Stir in vinegar, and put immediately in pie plate. The oil and vinegar probably won't exactly 'mix', but that's alright. Stir in sea salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, adding one heaping tablespoon to the center of pie plate. Dip some crusty Italian bread in there and watch it disappear!
We had so much fun eating this! Cosette thought it was pretty cool to dip her own bread. Best thing is, it's healthy for you too---minus the sea salt. (Which is proably a good thing, because we weren't exactly starved for dinner after eating it...)