Carrabba's Bread Dipping Spice
by Todd Wilbur
When you sit down for the Italian-style grub at one of the more than 100 nationwide Carrabba's restaurants, you're first served a small plate with a little pile of spices in the middle to which the waiter adds olive oil. Now you're set up to dip your sliced bread in the freshly flavored oil. And what a great flavor it must be to draw so many e-mail requests for this new top secret clone. To craft a version of this tasty spice blend at home you'll need a coffee bean grinder or a small food processor to finely chop the ingredients. The recipe works even better if the salt and pepper you use here comes out of salt and pepper grinders.
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (Italian parsley is best)
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1. Combine all the ingredients, except oil and lemon juice in a small food processor or coffee bean grinder. Chop briefly until all ingredients are about the same size.
2. Stir in oil and lemon juice.
3. To serve, combine about 1 1/2 teaspoons spice blend to tablespoons olive oil on a small dish. Dip sliced bread in mixture. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com)
Makes about 1/4 cup spice.