Yep, I’m posting a balsamic vinegar oil dip that is just WAY too simple. I’ve realized there’s a fairly big category of some of my favorite “recipes” that I HAVEN’T posted, titled “Things I Love But That Are So Basic They Don’t Really Count As Recipes.” Which makes me not post them. Even though you guys would still love them!!!
It makes no sense. Y’all would like them, they’re some of my favorite recipes, AND it would take me way less time to prepare recipes that are stupid easy that I already know how to make and know I love. Ummmmm win-win!
I think I’ll start posting them more, here and there. I’m already starting a list… but I’ll space them out among “real” recipes. At this point, I’m guessing I’ll start all of them with “Way Too Simple.”
The first is something that I have totally intended to post before, and keep putting it off because it just doesn’t seem that original or that difficult or even like I should plug it into one of my little recipe boxes. But then I make it for people and they’re blown away, and I realize it IS post-worthy.
I grew up with this as a true staple in my house. It may be the only savory thing I made until I was a teenager.
It’s just the simplest, best, garlicky, delightful, oil and vinegar dip.
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
- 3 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 t crushed red pepper
- 3 large basil leaves, finely chopped
- tiny pinch salt
- Mix together all dip ingredients. I like to serve it in a really shallow bowl so that the oil layer is thin enough to break through - otherwise your first half is all oil and the second half is all vinegar. That's it!
Note: Another super simple childhood favorite I posted recently (that totally would have fit in this category) is my Sleepytime Vanilla Milk Steamer!