December 6, 2011

Homemade Gift Week: Easy Herb-Infused Dipping Oil {Naptime Entertaining}

Herb OilHomemade Gift Week: Don’t forget to enter below to enter the Duda Farm Fresh Giveaway for a Meyer Lemons, a $25 Williams-Sonoma giftcard and a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Majestic Yellow. Entry rules below, click here for contest introduction.

I am filing this under “naptime entertaining” because flavored dipping oils are one of my favorite things to have on hand when we entertain. I love slicing up a baguette and pouring little pools of oil in various shallow bowls for people to sample while we wait for dinner to be ready. I’ve come to love coming up with new oil flavors based on what is fresh in my herb pot which is, by the way, thriving in our bedroom for the winter months. These oils are so simple to make and poured into pretty glass bottles they make beautiful gifts!

Last year I made a dozen bottles of dipping oil in one short afternoon will my daughter was at school and had them ready to go before she got home. It was so easy! Here is how you can make your own dipping oils and a few recipe ideas for my favorites!

Making Herb-Infused Dipping Oil:

1) Select fresh herbs leaves or sprigs from a plant or the grocery store. Wash and dry all the leaves very thoroughly.

2) Stuff the desired amount of sprigs in each glass jar. Then add additional flavorings like sundried tomatoes, peppers and/or vanilla beans.

3) Pour the olive oil in a bowl and add the salt and pepper. Then, use a funnel to pour the oil into each bottle until it is near full. Seal and tie a beautiful gift tag on the top with a description of the oil and suggestions on how to use it.

6) All oils should be stored in the refrigerator and used within two weeks.


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 Easy Italian Herb Infused Dipping Oil


12 leaves fresh basil, completely dried
sprigs thyme
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sprigs oregano
  • 1
  • tablespoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
    3 cups good quality olive oil


    1. Divide the sprigs up between 2 12-ounces bottles. Add the kosher salt and pepper to the olive oil and pour it into the glass jars until they are each nearly full.

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    This delicious oil is great for dipping bread or vegetables. It is also terrific when tossed with pasta and light dishes like shrimp or scallops! To make new flavors switch up the herbs and feel free to add sundried tomatoes or hot pepper flakes to make new flavors.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    15 minutes prep time


    Naptime Reviews

    This is always a hit when I give it as a gift. Consider using vintage glass bottles for a particularly striking effect.


    13 Responses to “Homemade Gift Week: Easy Herb-Infused Dipping Oil {Naptime Entertaining}”

    1. Denise B says:

      I usually make fudge and caramel to share

    2. Denise B says:

      I am going to trying making Nanny’s Lemon-Glazed Pound cake.

    3. Lbeattie73 says:

      Cheese straws, bread and butter pickles, and pickled okra!!  Yum – love them all – to give and to receive.

    4. Miranda says:

      I love receiving toffee.

    5. Miranda says:

      I’d like to try making Nanny’s pound cake. I’ve never cooked with Meyer lemons, but it sounds delicious.

    6. Miranda says:

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    8. Jen says:

      I love getting warm drink mixes, like hot chocolate or chai tea

    9. Jen says:

      I’m a fan of the naptime chef on facebook

    10. Jen says:

      I subscribe to your newsletter 

    11. Jen says:

      Definitely Nanny’s Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake!

    12. Amy says:

      I love to give mini chocolate bundt cakes drizzled with rich chocolate icing. I put them in plain white boxes lined with a decorative square of tissue paper. Wrap the box with a bright ribbon and tag. They are always a big hit!

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