Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sage, Bay, and Garlic Dipping Oil

Flavored oils require little more than a saucepan and thermometer, but are a surprisingly elegant upgrade to the original. This version, with garlicky flavor and notes of bay and sage, makes a fun party appetizer for dipping flatbread.  Set it out in a pretty bowl with a sage or bay leaf for garnish, so people know what flavor to expect.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat until a thermometer reaches 180 degrees.  Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 20 minutes, making sure to keep the temperature between 180 and 200 degrees.

Note: if the temperature climbs past 200 degrees, your oil will become bitter, so do stay close by during those 20 minutes, and if it inches too high, simply remove from the burner for a few moments to let the temperature sink back down.

2. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Strain the mixture through a sieve over a bowl, and discard the solids.

If you don't want to use the oil for dipping bread (or if you have leftovers) it is also delicious tossed with pasta, or used in a salad dressing.

Nutrition Info:
12 servings (2 teaspoons), Calories 80. 

Tasting Notes:
This had the most wonderful hint of roasted garlic, not overpowering, but definitely there. What I hadn't expected - but of course makes perfect sense - is that you're not tasting raw garlic, since it cooks in the hot oil, but a sweet, roasted garlic. The hint of sage gave a nice woodsy note, but since the garlic was strongest, I'd add another sage leaf or two next time, same thing for the bay. This is fantastic with my Rosemary-Scented Flatbread with Black Grapes, and also nice tossed with pasta and salads - it's like adding garlic and herbs without needing to do any chopping!


1 comment:

  1. @R Starr really awesome your post on Sage, Bay and Gorlic combination for dipping oil. We also produces pure and natural Essential Oils, Aromatherapy Oils, Carrier oils and so on.