Whenever we go back to my hometown there is this Italian restaurant that my father likes to take everyone for dinner and one of his favorite items is the bread and olive oil dipping sauce they give you as an appetizer. I’ll have to admit I’ve grown to like it as well, enough to make it at home with my own spin of course. This Herb and Parmesan Dipping Oil is quick and adds an authentic flavor to any Italian dinner.

Throwing this together is so quick you’ll likely wonder why you haven’t made this before. Some people like to flavor their olive oil with herbs, and that’s great if you do. Personally I prefer not to mask the taste and add it straight from the bottle with the herbs blended into the Parmesan cheese.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself, let’s get back to the herbs and Parmesan cheese. Let your own tastes and style come through when you make this for your family. I love Parmesan cheese and the trifecta of oregano, basil and parsley, so naturally they take center stage in this recipe. A little trick I’ve learned is to rub dried herbs between your fingers to release the aromatics and enhance the flavor which adds a nice touch to this blend.

Once you have the herbs and cheese blended together and on a serving dish finish it off with a nice drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Let the cheese soak up the olive oil and enjoy with some crusty bread.

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Herb and Parmesan Dipping Oil

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A flavorful dipping oil appetizer that adds an authentic Italian taste to any meal. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com

  • Total Time: 2 minutes


  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Measure the dried herbs into a small bowl, and crush between you fingers to release the flavors.
  2. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix together.
  3. Transfer to a small serving dish and drizzle olive oil over top.
  4. Serve with your choice of bread.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes

Walmart has literally dozens of olive oils to choose from, Extra Virgin… perfect for dipping and marinades, to the pure olive oil that we use in everyday recipes and I noticed a new type this time around… a light olive oil that is perfect for replacing vegetable and canola oil in recipes and still gives you the health benefits that Olive Oil is known for.

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