|These are the ingredients you will need.
1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 cup of Olives pitted or not. (Any Italian Olives are fine) I like to use a mix and make it more colorful.
1 or 2 Bay Leaf
Tons of Garlic (ok maybe 2 bulbs are enough)
Italian seasonings (dry stuff)
Red Pepper flakes (optional)
Start by getting a frying pan. If you have one, it's best to use a cast iron one. If you are planning on making this recipe often, invest in a small cast iron skillet with sides high enough that will keep the oil in.
Peel all the garlic and put half to the side. With the other half, slice and chop to all different sizes. Put the skillet on low heat and add 1/2 cup of the extra virgin olive oil. Now add the whole peeled garlic and 1/2 of the olives and bay leaf. Let this heat until the garlic gets a touch of brown color. At this point add the fresh chopped oregano, salt, pepper, Italian seasonings and if you can get it, add basil stems - save the fresh basil leaves for later. Now add the rest of the garlic and olives. Now add the rest of the extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes.
Next, move the skillet into the oven. You do not need to preheat. Set the oven to 275.
While it's in the oven, you can prep the bread that will be used for dipping. Use a hearty Italian bread (not that soft fluffy stuff). Take the entire loaf and cut it in half like you are making garlic bread. The long side so that you have 2 flat pieces.
If it's really think, cut it to 3 equal sizes.
Next take all the fresh basil leaves and chop well. After about 10 minutes, add the basil to the garlic olive oil and at the same time, put the bread in the oven as well. Keep a close eye on it and take out the bread when it is just lightly toasted. Next take out the bread and chop it into various sizes for dipping and place them all in a bowl. Take out the garlic olive oil. At this point you can add additional extra virgin olive oil to taste as well as salt and pepper.
Now serve it in 1 or a few dipping bowls. You will need a large spoon in order to do this to make sure you place an equal amount of olives and garlic in each bowl. You can also sprinkle some Romano cheese on the dipping bread and the garlic olive oil.
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