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Dipping Dish For Bread Dipping In The Mediterranean Diet

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

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Olive Oil Dipping Dishes For Bread Dipping

Did you know that a major part of the Mediterranean Diet centers around olive oil, and has made the dipping dish popular for bread dipping in the olive oil? This tasty appetizer is part of a healthy diet and has become more popular in restaurants. For years, many people have been looking for the ideal, healthy diet and it may have been in plain sight the whole time. The Mediterranean Diet is one of the newest health food crazes because it allows people to take care of themselves while still feeling satisfied after a meal or snack. People who follow the Mediterranean diet faithfully eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, oily fish, olive oil, and other foods that are low in saturated fat. A minimal amount of wine may also be on the menu for some.This diet has been shown in recent studies by the American Heart Association (or AHA) to reduce many peoples’ chances of heart attack or stroke. This is surprising since many products that were not allowed by heart doctors before have now been given the ok and are a major part of the Mediterranean diet. Products that are high in unsaturated fat, like olive oil, are among those that are now acceptable for recent heart attack victims. These products have been shown to reduce the risk of Type-2 Diabetes, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease as long as meats and dairy products are eaten minimally.

How To Make A Bread Dipping Dish

By slicing up your favorite bread, and by pouring olive oil in the dipping dish, you are on your way to a better life. One with a lower chance of heart disease or cardiac arrest. This portion of the Mediterranean diet became increasingly popular in Italy, and soon become known as Italian bread dipping. In order to prove the validity of the Mediterranean diet the AHA performed a study which involved splitting 202 heart attack victims up into three groups. The first group was only given the normal advice that a heart attack survivor receives from their doctor when leaving the hospital, the second group was given a low-fat menu, and the third group was given eating standards equal to the Mediterranean diet.

When the groups were studied again four years later, it was found that those who were put on the Mediterranean diet and those who were put on the low-fat diet survived further health risks 30% more of the time than those who were given the usual doctor’s orders. The fact that native Mediterranean’s have a low occurrence of heart disease backs up these studies.

How Olive Oil Used In Bread Dipping Can Decrease The Chance Of A Heart Attack

The American Heart Association has proven that it is not fat itself that causes heart attacks and strokes,  but that for many it is only a certain type of fat – saturated fat – that is dangerous. Because of these findings, more people can now enjoy foods like nuts, oily fish, and olive oil that were once taboo. 

Bread Dipping In An Olive Oil Dipping Dish: Italian Recipe

Saturday, March 01st, 2008

Here Is An Italian Bread Dipping Recipe To Go With Your Olive Oil Dipping Dishes

An interesting and individual bread dipping recipe can be created with an olive oil dipping dish and by using plenty of imagination and your personal preferences. Italian cuisine makes good use of wonderful herbs and spices, particularly, oregano, garlic and black pepper. The ingredients can always be adjusted to suit. Recreate the Italian restaurant experience in your own home with this wonderful garlic bread dipping recipe. You will need the following:

  • 5 cloves of pressed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar, preferably Modena Aceto Balsamico
  • ¼ Cup of Spanish or Italian extra virgin olive oil known as EVOO
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf of either Italian flat bread or French baguette

Prepare the garlic bread dip by pouring olive oil onto your dipping dish, and then add your pressed garlic to the edges. Slowly drizzle the Italian aceto balsamico balsamic vinegar over the oil and garlic. Finally, dust the mixture with a sprinkling of oregano, black pepper and grated parmesan cheese.

The bread should be thick sliced to about 3/4 inch each. Arrange on a platter and dip in the olive oil dipping dish. Serve before the main course.




Bread Dipping In Olive Oil Dipping Dishes

Saturday, March 01st, 2008

Bread Dipping In Olive Oil Dipping Dishes

Olive Oil Dipping Dishes

Bread dipping with olive oil dipping dishes is not a new fad, nor is it only found at nice Italian restaurants. In Mediterranean countries a traditional part of the meal includes bread dipping and is completely commonplace, especially so in Greece and Italy. Its popularity is attributed to the enjoyment that comes from the simple ritual of dipping freshly baked bread into oil that has been infused with herbs and spices, and served in olive oil dipping dishes.

Bread dipping lends itself perfectly to any social gathering at home with friends and family. The usually buffet far of uninspired vegetables and cheese board cannot compare. Imagine an array of freshly Mediterranean bread accompanied by a dip made from superb herbs and spices infused in a dipping dish of extra virgin olive oil. Your guests will sample a gourmet experience that will not fail to delights them. The uses for bread dips are endless. Use your imagination and create delicious dips that can be used for all the savoury elements of your meal. The flavour of the Mediterranean can be brought to your home by adding your dipping dish sauce to pastas, salads and all kinds of meats.

How To Make Your Own Bread Dipping Appetizer With Olive Oil Dipping Dishes

When creating your bread dipping sauce consider breathing life and freshness into your herbs by soaking them in a little water for a quarter of an hour, then drain. To complete add seasonings of your choice.

Because extra virgin olive oil will be the base ingredient of your bread dipping sauce it makes sense to use only the best. This also applies to the balsamic vinegar you use. You may have to pay a little more but the quality of the oil and vinegar will be reflected in the taste and appearance. The type of bread you choose for your bread dipping appetizer is also important, and the breads that are most suitable are Italian Foccacia and Ciabatta, however, French baguette and sourdough work very well with this dish.

Finally, arrange your sliced bread attractively and present to your guests each with a dipping dish of flavoured dipping sauce. You may also wish to add oil dressed with swirls of balsamic vinegar, which is very eye catching and will add to this gourmet experience.

Bread Dipping With Olive Oil Dipping Dishes Is A Tradition

Bread dipping in olive oil dipping dishes is one tradition that has stood the test of time and its revival is due to our need for a healthier diet without compromising on flavour and choice. Not only is bread dipping good for you but it is delicious and so simple to create.



Bread Dipping In Olive Oil Dipping Dishes For Healthy Snacks

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Bread Dipping In Olive Oil Dipping Dishes For Healthy Snacks

Bread Dipping In Olive Oil Dipping Dishes make healthy snacks and appetizers that are good for your heart

Most people associate oil with health problems such as obesity and coronary diseases and are, therefore, loathe to go anywhere near it. But, it is a fact that some oils are actually good for you and certainly only impact on your health in a positive way. The American Heart Association actively encourages the use of olive oil as a healthy alternative to other oils and fats that can increase the risk of heart attacks and associated coronary illnesses. So it makes sense to include olive oil as part of a healthy diet and nutritious diet. Not only is it a safe option to use if trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle but it is full of flavor and can be used for an array of dishes and appetizers. Bread dipping is a great to use olive oil and is delicious, and once you try it, you see why olive oil dipping dishes were made!

Bread Dipping With Olive Oil Dipping Dishes Is Very Good Tasting

Because of its simplicity, versatility and taste, many people are choosing bread dipping as a favorite appetizer that can be enjoyed at any time and for any occasion. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that it is full of flavor and takes so little time to prepare. To prepare this nutritious and delicious dish all you have to do is prepare your bread by cutting it into slices, pour some extra virgin olive oil into a dipping dish and you are now able to serve to your guests, or enjoy it own your own as you wish. If you prefer, as a healthy alternative you can prepare some vegetables, either steamed, fresh or grilled and dip them into your olive oil dipping dishes. You can enjoy bread dipping on its own or add a salad of your choice, or you can prepare it for your party guests, and finally just as a snack with your hungry family.


Italian Bread with Eggplant spread

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Italian Bread with Eggplant Paste

1 bay leaf
4 peppercorns
2 cups red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup eggplant, cubed
3/4 cup pitted black olives
extra-virgin olive oil
16 slices Italian bread

In a saucepan, mix the garlic, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaves with two cups of red wine vinegar and bring to a boil. Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Add the eggplant and boil for about 2 minutes or until the eggplants are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the mixture and allow to cool. Combine together the olives and eggplant and chop them together with a knife until you have a very fine paste. Now mix in the olive oil until you have a soft paste. Spread the paste onto the Italian bread and sprinkle with salt.

Serve immediately.

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Italian Bruschetta

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Fettunta (in Tuscany) or Bruschetta (in Umbria)

Regardless of given name, they are both slices of thick bread that are toasted by means of an oven, grill, or fire. The bread is then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Simple Bruschetta recipe

18 pieces crusty Italian bread, 3 x 2 “, 1″ thick
2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
18 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
2 large ripe tomatoes cut into 1” thick slices and halved (about 1 pound)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, or heat grill. Place the pieces of bread on the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil or directly on the grill, and toast them for 10 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned. Arrange the basil leaves on a large platter. Rub both sides of the toasted bread with the cut garlic and place the bread on the basil leaves. Warm the oil in a small saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes. Do not allow it to boil. Pour the warm oil over the bread. Salt and pepper to taste. Place 1 half-slice of tomato on top of each slice of bread and serve immediately. Serves 6. 

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