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  • Writer's pictureScott Rotella

Up your bread game: sun dried tomato & herb dipping oil!

French bread served with Sun Dried Tomato dipping oil
French bread served with Sun Dried Tomato dipping oil

I am a huge butter fan. However, sometimes I just want something different with my bread. To address that, I have been making compound butters and dipping oils for a long time. 

I once went to an Italian restaurant where they served a very delicious sun dried tomato dipping oil with their bread.  I really enjoyed it and decided to try to either replicate it or make it better.  Today’s recipe is the result of that effort. It is simple and delicious!  I encourage you to give it a try!

Sun dried tomato and herb dipping oil


  • Extra virgin olive oil: Use a good quality olive oil where you like the flavor

  • Avocado oil:  I find that the flavor of olive oil can over power the other flavors. So I cut it with some neutral flavored oil such as avocado oil.  

  • Sun dried tomato paste:  You can certainly substitute with regular tomato paste, but the flavor here is much better with tomato paste made from sun dried tomatoes.  

  • Garlic:  As I have stated in previous posts, I like to use Dorot’s frozen garlic.  It tastes fresh and is finely minced. You can find this, or a similar brand, in your local grocery store. 

  • Dried rosemary

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Sea salt

  • Finely grated parmigiano reggiano

  • Dried thyme

  • Italian seasoning

  • MSG: This is optional, but certainly worth the extra flavor punch!

  • Oil packed sun dried tomatoes


  • Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid.  

  • Shake the jar vigorously to fully combine.

  • Allow to rest for at least 4 hours prior to use.  This allows the dried herbs to hydrate and to flavor the oil.

  • Store in the refrigerator.  Since the oil with slightly solidify from the cold, make sure to allow time to bring this to room temperature prior to use. 


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