This is a really quick and very simple appetizer, and it is often served at fine Italian restaurants and cafes before the meal is served. It makes a great appetizer or a healthy snack. It also goes really well with a nice glass of red wine……
It’s best if the bread rolls are homemade or are from a quality bakery, the type of bread you choose is up to you but the heavier types of bread variety would probably be best – it works well with the traditional Italian breads such as Ciabata rolls or bread but it is also nice with ie: mini baguette rolls. Whatever type you choose it is then simply a matter of mixing the Olive-Oil and the Balsamic Vinegar together, and then serving it up with the (warmed) bread rolls.
Traditionally, the way to eat it is by breaking the rolls up into mouth-size pieces (with your hands) as you require them, and dipping the pieces one-by-one into the oil & vinegar dipping mixture. When dipping the bread, Italians will also swirl the bread around in the mixture slightly, so that it’s well-coated in the oil & balsamic.
It’s a good idea to leave a small spoon in or near the oil & balsamic mixture so that it can be re-mixed when required, as it tends to separate. (Tip: If you mix the two ingredients together slowly with a small hand whisk, introducing more of each liquid as you mix, you should find that the two ingredients will bind together much better……)
* Olive-Oil & Balsamic Vinegar – Equal amounts of each, and mixed together well & served in a suitable dish
* Warm Ciabatta bread rolls (or other bread rolls).
* Optional: You could also vary the traditional recipe by adding a small amount of finely chopped fresh Garlic, (or some fresh herb such as Basil, etc…….)
* Pre-Heat oven to mid-temperature.
* Mix the olive-oil & Balsamic Vinegar together (using a small, old-fashioned hand whisk is best, but you could use a fork if you don’t have anything else….). You want to mix it well enough that the two liquids begin to bind together, otherwise when you dip your bread you’ll get only oil on your bread, which isn’t so nice…….
* Pour the oil & balsamic mixture into a suitable dipping dish or small bowl.
* Heat up the bread rolls – You only need them to be slightly warm, so depending on the type & size of bread roll you have chosen, they might need anywhere from about 1 to 5 minutes in the oven.
* Serve up the rolls with the dipping mixture & Enjoy!
PS: This recipe has also been extensively tested on human children and they not only survived, but liked it…… 🙂