Before you slather your bread with butter or schmere your bagel with cream cheese consider wonderfully fragrant garlic infused extra virgin olive oil. Recent studies that find the Mediterranean Diet can help prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease suggest increasing your olive oil consumption and using olive oil in lieu of other fats. I have always been a strong advocate of using high quality extra virgin olive oil for most of your cooking needs, you can read more about that here.
Garlicky Extra Virgin Olive Oil for dipping
1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine the garlic and oil in a small sauce pan, cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes until the oil is quite warm (about 145°F). Heating the oil to a higher temperature may destroy some of the more delicate aromatics of the oil so be careful not to do that. Remove the garlic from the oil and store at room temperature and consume within a week. You can add dry herbs to this oil once the oil has cooled and I love to grate fresh parmigiano into the oil right before I dunk my bread in to it. Enjoy!