Ever get too much garlic and wonder what to do with the excess before it turns? Try making garlic & olive oil dipping sauce. It will last for months in the fridge without loosing flavor or texture. You can use it as a condiment on bread, a marinade for meat or poultry, or a substitute for pesto in pasta.
Garlic & Olive Oil Dipping Sauce (yields 1/3 cup)
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 head garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp parsley
- ½ tsp crushed chili pepper
- Salt & pepper to taste
Heat olive oil at a medium setting until it begins to shimmer. Pour hot oil over the crushed garlic and chili pepper and stir. This will soften the garlic and flavor the oil. A cheat for this is to place the cold oil, garlic and chili in a microwave for 1 minute.
Let oil cool for 10 minutes and mix in remaining ingredients. You can use it right away or refrigerate. It’s best when used at room temperature.