Classic Bread Dip

There is nothing better than freshly baked bread and a classic dipping blend. There are many variations and they are all amazing, our classic house blend is perfect as an appetizer or accompaniment to any dish.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a key component for this recipe but you have many options. We like to use a Robust Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil for it’s smooth taste with a nice peppery finish but almost any flavored oil will also work just as well.

The sky is the limit when choosing a Balsamic to vary the flavor of the blend. Traditional Balsamic is the most popular to use but savory flavors also work really well. Some great alternatives are Garlic, Onion and Rosemary or Fig.

This dipping blend also makes a great salad dressing and you can experiment on the ingredient ratios for a sweeter or more robust blend.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, pour spice blend and top with olive oil. Mix well with a fork and let sit for at least 5 minutes
  • After the spices have absorbed some of the oil, add the balsamic and stir one more time.

We also have Gift Sets that accompany this recipe, each set contains everything you need to make the recipe with enough to spare to make multiple servings.

Honey Mustard Sauce

Very simple but delicious without the preservatives. Can be used as a dressing for a salad or to just dip anything you want. Using Raw Local Honey makes this sauce a powerful antioxidant.

For a Spicy Honey Mustard, add some Cayenne Pepper

Honey Mustard Sauce
Serves 4

1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1 TBS Lambrusco Vinegar
1/4 Cup Wildflower Honey
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (Optional for a Spicy Sauce)

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.

Sauteed Mushrooms with Balsamic

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Sauteed Portabella Mushrooms
Serves 4

1 Lb Sliced Portabella Mushrooms (Fresh)
1 Clove Fresh Garlic sliced thin
3 TBS Butter
3 TBS Shallot & Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 TBS 25 Star Dark Balsamic Vinegar
3 TBS Dry Red Wine
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
Fresh Ground Pepper

Heat Olive Oil and Butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Cook and stir Mushrooms, Garlic, Red Wine, Balsamic Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce and Black Pepper in the hot oil and butter until the mushrooms are lightly browned and the liquid reduces by 1/2, about 5 minutes.

Reduce to low heat and simmer until mushrooms are tender, 5 to 8 more minutes.

These mushrooms are great over steak or pork chops.

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Simple Sauce

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Simple Sauce
Makes about 4 cups

1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes (low sodium)
½ cup Shallot Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 TBS Tuscan Farmhouse Blend
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
*(Optional) Pine Nuts can add some nice texture

Mix ingredients in a medium size bowl. Let set at room temperature
for 20 minutes. Use in any pasta dish, serve over spaghetti squash,
as a topping for crusty Italian bread or as a pizza sauce.