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Toasted Garlic Olive Oil Bread Dip

Grab a crusty loaf of bread and make this quick Toasted Garlic Olive Oil Bread Dip. This easy restaurant inspired Italian appetizer is a perfect meal starter.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Seasoning, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bread, Copycat, Dip, Entertaining
Servings: 6
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Clean Fingers Laynie


  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning* Dried
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes*** Optional or to taste
  • 2 tsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic Fresh, Smashed and Peeled
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp Olive Oil Good Quality
  • 1 loaf Bread


  • In a small skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat the oil on low heat until the oil is warm (not hot). Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes).**
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the garlic onto a paper-towel lined plate. Allow to cool completely. The garlic will continue to crisp as it cools. Once the garlic is cool, chop the garlic into small pieces.
  • In a small bowl, combine Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Add red pepper flakes to taste.***
  • When ready to serve, add the toasted garlic, spice mixture, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil to a small ramekin. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread.


Estimated Nutrition, Per Serving (Not including Bread): Calories 188, Fat 20 g, Carbohydrate 1 g, Dietary Fiber 0 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 108 mg
*If you do not have Italian seasoning, you can substitute 1 tsp each of rosemary, parsley, and oregano. 
**Do not rush this step or your garlic will burn! 
***If you do not like spicy flavors, use the smaller amount of red pepper flakes or omit completely.
–Recipe adapted from Carinos At Home.