If you are looking for a Italian bread dip, try this. It makes a spectacular bread dip, suitable for any occasion. Double or triple the recipe to make enough for a crowd. Serve with warm French bread.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Using a spice or coffee grinder, grind together red and black peppers, dried herbs, garlic powder, minced garlic, and salt.

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  • Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of herb mixture onto a small plate. Pour a thin layer of olive oil on top, and serve. Store remaining mixture in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Facts

154.3 calories; 1.2 g protein; 6.1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 585.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2011
"Italian Butter" is a really cute name for this! I love dipping warm bread into this mixture and it comes very close to the stuff they serve at the famous Italian chain restaurant - Carrabba's. I never put this through a grinder, but rather make a bunch of it (using kosher salt vs. regular and omit the minced garlic) and store it in a small plastic container then add FRESH minced garlic on a plate and pour the olive oil over top. It's a wonderful appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser - great with wine! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2003
When you grind everything together it turns into a powder and I didn't like that. It looks better on the plate if the herbs aren't ground. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2011
"Italian Butter" is a really cute name for this! I love dipping warm bread into this mixture and it comes very close to the stuff they serve at the famous Italian chain restaurant - Carrabba's. I never put this through a grinder, but rather make a bunch of it (using kosher salt vs. regular and omit the minced garlic) and store it in a small plastic container then add FRESH minced garlic on a plate and pour the olive oil over top. It's a wonderful appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser - great with wine! Read More
(125)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2006
This recipe was awesome! I had a party last weekend and this was my favorite part. When I made the recipe I did not grind in grinder I just crushed slightly with a mortar and pestle. I mixed about 1-2 tbs. of this recipe with a stick of butter and chilled for an hour or more. I roasted garlic (cut about 1/4" of garlic bulb off to expose cloves place garlic in a small piece of tin foil drizzle garlic bulb with about 2 tsp. of olive oil wrap bulb completely with foil bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes). I placed 3 small serving plates together and put the oil with herbs in one plate the warm roasted garlic in the other plate then the herb butter in the 3rd plate and served it all with slices of french bread. It was awesome!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2006
This is excellent and is a new staple in my house. I do recommend making it beforehand & "soaking" it in some olive oil to help the dried herbs soften. Then it's ready to plate & be drizzled with olive oil for dipping. I store it in a small pesto jar in the fridge and it's ready whenever we are!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2003
When you grind everything together it turns into a powder and I didn't like that. It looks better on the plate if the herbs aren't ground. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2003
I mixed this blend into softened butter and then refridgerated it. It made a great spread for dinner rolls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2008
I don't have spice grinder so skipped that part but loved this dip. I did let it sit in oil for about a half hour before serving. I also forgot to put in fresh garlic but it was still good. I have been eatig this for the last 3 nights. Thanks Oh the best part is these are spices that are always in the spice rack. I had to come back and add this in. Icut up some red potatoes and tossed in olive oil and then this spice and roasted and they were wonderfullI had to come back one more time. My neighbor works for carrabas and when i showed him this blend he said looks like what they use but they use fresh herbs. FRESH WOULD BE TO COSTLY AND DOESN'T LAST SO THIS IS A GREAT MIX Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
An incredible recipe! I mix it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar over finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese. We eat it until our bread is gone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2008
I mix all the dry ingredients together using a good quality salt to keep on hand. When I am ready to serve this I mix them with either fresh or roasted garlic shredded asiago cheese and pour the olive oil over the top. This is great to have on hand as a quick appetizer or to serve with soup or a salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2006
Yummy and very simple to prepare. Served with warm French bread as the recipe suggests. I didn't bother grinding up anything. Read More
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