I think I did it…I think I finally figured out the highly coveted and secretive spice blend Carrabba’s uses for dipping their delicious bread in while you are unknowingly stuffing yourself silly before any appetizers or entrees even come close to hitting your table. If you have had it, you know what I mean. I do not eat out a lot, I prefer to know 100% for sure what I am eating, and besides that, I really love cooking. That being said, and since I am ALWAYS in the mood for Italian food. The few times a year we do eat out, for some reason I always find myself trying to talk my daughter into going to Carrabba’s, and now I know why… it’s the bread dip! It is ridiculously addictive and the fact that they only dole it out in small pre-measured portions (and give you a look of you ask for more) only makes it all the more alluring…
● I make this recipe in bulk (x3 of each dry ingredient) and store it in an airtight jar until ready to use.
● If you are invited to a dinner, bring the host a mixture of this in a decorative jar with some brief instructions on note card and you are sure to be a hit!
● Sprinkle the dry seasoning (sans the garlic) over fresh tomatoes or a caprese sandwich with a drizzle of olive oil – YUM!
See below for my Carrabas-esque Italian Spice Blend recipe and then grab a crusty piece of bread and enjoy – I hope you love it!
- 1 tsp black pepper (medium ground if you have it)
- 1 tsp sea or kosher salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried sweet basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½-1 tsp crushed red pepper
- ½-1 clove of fresh garlic - grated or minced
- Extra virgin olive oil - to taste
- Mix all of the spices together in a bowl except for the fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
- Make sure you really mix it thoroughly to get an even distribution of all of the flavors.
- When you are ready to serve as a bread dip, put a teaspoon of the spice blend on a plate, add to that approximately ½ - 1 clove of grated or minced fresh garlic.
- Use a fork to gently combine the garlic with the spice blend, then drizzle over around 2 tablespoons or so of the olive oil.
- Make a double or triple batch - tastes great of cooked vegetables too!