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Carrabba's Bread Dipping Blend Copycat Recipe
Carrabba's Bread Dipping Blend
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Spice Blend
Calories: 47
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Rating: 3.9 (8 reviews)
When you sit down for Italian-style grub at one of the more than 168 nationwide Carrabba's restaurants, you're first served a small plate with a little pile of herbs and 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. To craft a version of this tasty blend at home you'll need a coffee bean grinder or a small food processor to finely chop the ingredients.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper (freshly ground is best)
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt or kosher saltá
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1. Combine all the ingredients, except the 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 the oil and lemon juice.

3. To serve, combine about 1 teaspoon blend to 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil on a small dish. Dip sliced bread in the tasty mixture.

Makes about 1/4 cup.

Submitted on: 12/08/08
I worked at carrabbas for the longest time. DONT USE DRY INGREDIENTS!!!! The recipe calls for basil, rosemary, parsely, thyme, granulated garlic, fresh garlic, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and kosher salt. Also, all ingredients are hand chopped. When you use a food processor, alot of the natural flavor is lost. Lastly, the fresh garlic is dried with a paper towel before being added to the mix, keeping the mix dry so it does not form lumps. Hope this helps you all trying to perfect this recipe.
Submitted on: 09/28/08
The secret to the lemony taste of this dip is not lemon, but the use of only SPANISH extra virgin olive oil, which has the lemony bite to it. Without the Spanish extra virgin olive oil, the dip will never taste like Carrabba's. So omit the lemon and also, omit the thyme. All spices are dried, except garlic which is both dried and fresh, and the parsley is fresh.
Submitted on: 10/18/07
Don't forget the Rosemary!
Submitted on: 07/13/07
I don't believe the lemon juice is in it but without it, it tastes perfect.
Submitted on: 01/08/07
In my opinion, this recipe did not taste like Carrabba's.
Submitted on: 12/30/05
Without the lemon juice, this recipe tastes exactly like the dipping spices at the Carrabba's we go to!!!
Submitted on: 11/21/05
Fresh garlic, dried garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, basil, oregano, thyme are the ingredients..all but the fresh garlic are dried...
Submitted on: 08/04/05
i own a carrabbas and this recipe is wrong because there is no lemon or lemon juice in it