Two Olive Oil Dips with garlic & herbs

Shemen Tov~Shemen Tov, or “Good Oil” is a classic in our house. Garlic lovers can't get enough and always ask me for this recipe.

Herb Mix for Olive Oil-~a mix to keep on hand and sprinkle over a dish of good quality olive oil for an easy and elegant (QITK style) dip for bread.

Shemen Tov ~from Cooking for The King

10 garlic cloves, peeled

2 green onions

1/2 cup fresh parsley

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Place garlic, green onions and parsley into the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Do not puree.

2. Scrape contents of work bowl into a sealable container. Add oil, vinegar and salt. Chill for several hours before serving. Keeps in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for one week. Allow to reach room temperature before serving.

Makes: 1 1/4 cups ~ Can make ahead ~ Active time: 5 minutes

Make delicious breads to go with these dips~

Herb Mix for Olive Oil Dip~from Cooking for The King

A healthy alternative to serving margarine with bread is this earthy herb mixture. Pour good quality olive oil into a small plate, sprinkle with Herb Dip. Swirl in a piece of fresh challah. Presto-it is about as good as passage to an authentic Italian trattoria. Plus, the kids like it!

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup fresh parsley

3 cloves garlic, peeled

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until herbs and garlic are minced. Keep refrigerated, in a tightly sealed container, for 1 week.

2. To serve, pour olive oil into a small dish. Sprinkle oil with herb blend.

Makes: 1/3 cup ~ Can make ahead ~ Active time: 5 minutes

Olive oil dips are wonderful on challah but they are also delicious with tossed with pasta for an easy weeknight dinner or mix a tablespoon or two into vinaigrette dressing to give your salad an extra punch of flavor.

QITK tip: Read the Queen in the Kitchen on "Olive Oil"~

Cooking for The King   by Renee Chernin
The book of Torah insights, recipes and practical tips
designed to bring majesty to the mundane.

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