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Herbal Butters and Oils: Dipping Oil

By Patsy Bell Hobson
December/January 2010
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Photography by Howard Lee Puckett


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Makes 3 cups

Serve herb-infused oil as a tasty dip for crusty bread. Be creative when choosing herbs with which to infuse oil. Blend a combination of herbs or choose a single herb. Either way, you can enjoy the taste of flavored oils at a fraction of the specialty store price. 

• ½ cup herbs; choose one or use a mixture of parsley, fresh basil, thyme and oregano
• 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
• 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
• 3 cups extra virgin olive oil

1. Place clean, dry herbs, zest and pepper in a sterilized 1-quart jar; set aside.

2. Heat oil just until warm; slowly pour warm oil over herbs. Allow to cool. Once cool, pour oil through a wire-mesh strainer, discarding solids.

3. Cover and store in refrigerator for 1 week. Discard after 1 week.


Patsy Bell Hobson is a freelance writer and avid gardener from Liberty, Missouri.

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