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Charcuterie Board: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

by Suzie Bellomo on April 06, 2022

Let's talk about Charcuterie Boards. It is a simple, classy, and creative way to entertain and feed your guests (or yourself, who are we kidding?). Not only are they pretty and fun to look at, but you can set it up in so many ways! It can serve as an appetizer, an entire meal, or you can even bring it to a picnic.

Our new favorite way of serving a charcuterie board is adding our favorite breads along with a dipping oil! First off, who doesn't love bread? And second, if your board is serving a lot of people or acting as a meal, it is a sure way to quench an appetite. Add a pretty oil dish to your next board, whip up this simple recipe and we promise you'll want to do it again and again.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Il Fusti Italian-Blend Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • tsp. oregano
  • tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup Il Fusti Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste.
  • Favorite Artisan bread for dipping, large cubes

Directions:

First step - Take a piece of your favorite artisan bread and taste it with Il Fusti Italian-Blend Olive Oil first.

Note: Because the olive oil is already a wonderful blend with Italian spices, it may be just fine as is. However, if you would like to add more spice and a delicious amount of garlic on your bread when dipping, follow the recipe below.

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil, rosemary, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to eat, pour the oil in a shallow dish, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top and place on your Charcuterie Board arranging cubes of bread (plenty of it!) around for easy dipping.

Tips on what else to add to your Charcuterie Board:

  1. Cheese: mozzarella, burrata, Parmigiano-Reggiano
  2. Meats: salami (hard and thinly sliced) and prosciutto
  3. Fruits: grapes, strawberries, or sliced apples
  4. Olives
  5. Crackers
  6. Jams & Sauces: fig jam, pesto, or tomato jam
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