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Dipping Bread #recipe (Macaroni Grill CopyCat) from @KatrinasKitchen

This started out as a copycat recipe for Macaroni Grill’s bread loaves that they bring to your table before your meal. You know – while you wait for your ridiculously huge meal they give you some ridiculously delicious bread to munch on. Before you know it you and your husband have eaten your way through 2 loaves and FORTHELOVEOFPASTA you try to stop yourself from ripping off one more piece and dipping it in that shallow dish of delicious olive oil.

That bread.

Through the years I have added a few spices here and there but feel free to keep it simple or season it up with whatever would go well with your meal.

Dipping Bread #recipe (Macaroni Grill CopyCat) from @KatrinasKitchen

This is a basic bread recipe that would be difficult to mess up. If you are new to bread-baking this is a great recipe to start with. If you are a seasoned baker you will like the simplicity of throwing this recipe together for your next meal. It makes 4 small loaves – perfect little portions. The recipe also doubles easily.

We enjoy this bread dipped in plain extra virgin olive oil but we also like to change things up a bit sometimes. Come back later this week and I’ll share the spiced up olive oil recipe too! 🙂

Dipping Bread Recipe

Copycat restraunt bread for tearing and dipping in olive oil
Prep Time 2 hours
Servings 2 hours, 16 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast or substitute one packet
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Cup warm water 105°-115°F
  • 2 ½ Cups flour separated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary + extra for sprinkling
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • Sea salt for sprinkling on top


  • Combine yeast, sugar, and water in a large bowl and allow mixture to become bubbly (5-10 minutes).
  • Add 2 cups of flour, salt, and whatever seasonings you are using. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes by hand adding additional flour as necessary.
  • Place dough ball into an oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let dough rise until doubled, about an hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide into 4 sections. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • Shape dough into oblong loaves and place on greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and seasonings. Let rise for 25 minutes.
  • Just before baking sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 400°F for 12-16 minutes until golden.
- Katrina

100 Responses to “Dipping Bread”

  1. #
    Bake Your Day — July 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I was looking for a recipe like this last night to go with our steak and veggies, bookmarking!! It looks and sounds incredible!

  2. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Oh I hope you DO make it – so simple to make in the afternoon and have in time for dinner 🙂

  3. #
    Kelly — July 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Katrina this bread looks fantastic!! Looks like something I would get a restaurant, delicious! 🙂

  4. #
    Meighan — July 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Yum!! I'm going to try out this recipe sometime this week. Looks absolutely delicious 🙂

  5. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm


  6. #
    Pam — July 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Yummo! I can't resist bread either and will definitely be trying this soon!
    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini

  7. #
    Ashley — July 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I know what you mean! Then you have to ask for a box immediately because you cannot finish your meal!! What we really should be doing is just order a drink and eat the bread 🙂

  8. #
    Brandie — July 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Uhhhhh…I am totally hypnotized by the bread…I must have the bread….
    Seriously though, this looks gorgeous. Who can resist the call of fresh made bread?!?!

  9. #
    Parsley_Sage — July 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I know this bread of which you speak! It's managed to leave me with loads of takeaway boxes because I always stuff my face with this before my food comes! Now, however, I can rock it at home. Or rather, ask my friend Norma to make it for me because me + baking = disaster 🙂 Buzzed!

  10. #
    Ann — July 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Fantastic! I love good bread with a dipping sauce. You really hit a home run with this one!

  11. #
    Jorie — July 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I could eat this right now for breakfast! Looks delicious.

  12. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — July 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Mmm, any bread that includes rosemary is okay in my book! This looks awesome!

  13. #
    Runs With Spatulas — July 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I always eat waaay to much of this bread every time we go out. Now I have a recipe to make it at home. This might be trouble.

  14. #
    Culinary Hill — July 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Wow this looks incredible. It reminds me of bread served at local restaurants around where I live. I cannot wait to make this!

  15. #
    Cathy — July 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    This looks so good! This is very similar to the recipe I use for pizza dough, bread and pretty much everything…I know it can't fail. I'm definately going to give this a try! 🙂

  16. #
    [email protected] — July 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Oh my yumminess!!! I suddenly have a taste for bread… dipped in olive oil! I love that combo and I always load up on it when I go to those restaurants. I end up with a doggie bag because I fill up on the bread. 🙂

  17. #
    Melanie — July 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I stumbled across this recipe this afternoon and headed into the kitchen to make it immediately. I subbed half whole wheat flour and used Italian seasoning. The small loaves were perfect!

  18. #
    Taking On Magazines — July 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I've never understood why restaurants make their bread SO good. I guess in a way it's good for us because we end up taking half the food home for the next day. I love your version too. I'll be giving this a try for sure.Many thanks for passing it along.

  19. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Are you kidding me?! I just posted it this mornng – that is awesome!!! Thanks for letting me know! Feel free to post a pic to my facebook page or email it to me. I have an album where I feature recipes that my readers have made.

  20. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — July 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I love easy bread recipes! And I love delicious bread to dip into sauces. I do get annoyed when restaurants bring out food before the meals. I always eat too much and never have room for my meal. I have just plan for it now. Eat bread for dinner and take home the "real' meal for the next day. I never understood the people who request NOT to have it on the table. It is way too good to pass up.

  21. #
    Shawn — July 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Due to food poisoning, I haven't had or wanted food in the last 48hrs…but this changes everything! Your bread and olive oil are the first thing I want 🙂

  22. #
    Melanie — July 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Great I didn't post any pictures this time, but I will definitely be making it again for my blog (with links galore to you of course!). I'll send you a photo when I make it again.

  23. #
    Sandras Easy Cooking — July 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    What are you doing to me???? This is soooo sooo good Katrina! I love dipping bread especially your recipe..this is must try asap:))) Look fantastic!!!

  24. #
    Maureen — July 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    This bread looks definitely dippable! I've got some new pistachio dukkah I'm dying to try and this bread looks perfect for it.

  25. #
    Jenn @ P&C — July 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Katrina this looks fantastic!!!!! i'll take two! <3

  26. #
    Angela — July 25, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I would love to make a sandwich out of this bread AND THEN dip it in herby olive oil. Another great recipe Katrina!

  27. #
    The Harried Cook — July 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Nice! I always love trying out new recipes for bread, and this one sounds yummy & looks really nice too… I like the way you've cut the loaves. Nice one, Katrina!

  28. #
    happywhennothungry — July 25, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I could eat this entire loaf! Looks so chewy and delicious!

  29. #
    Erin @Dinners Dish.. — July 25, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Love this bread! Don't live near a Macaroni Grill anymore, so I never get it! Thanks for the recipe!

  30. #
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — July 25, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I haven't been to Macaroni Grill in forever but I do remember loving the bread. This looks so delicious!

  31. #
    Culinary Hill — July 25, 2011 at 1:50 am

    So I know I already commented once but… I made this bread, and WOW. It was so good. Now, I'm going to hold you to your promise to post the oil recipe too! Because I know that would make it even better! But I'm not very good with breads, active dry yeast scares me, I never quite get it right. But this worked. So THANK YOU. My husband and I appreciate it! 🙂

  32. #
    Dee — July 25, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I am totally addicted to that bread! I go to Macaroni Grill for the bread and Penne Rustica. Be still my heart! Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to your olive oil dip!

  33. #
    jennifurla — July 25, 2011 at 4:05 am

    that looks delightful, I love their bread too

  34. #
    Jeannie — July 25, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Hi Katrina…saw your dipping bread on foodgawker and can't resist hopping in. I have a whole load of herbs recently given to me by a friend who had just came back from a visit to Italy so I am really excited to use them and this bread is a good place to start:D Thanks for sharing!

  35. #
    mia xara — July 25, 2011 at 5:28 am

    This bread will taste fantastic with my favorite Greek salad, Katrina! (Lots of dipping opportunities,lol) thanks for sharing, enjoy the week!

  36. #
    Carolyn — July 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

    No question, this is perfect dipping bread! I have trouble at places like Macaroni Grill and Bertucci's, I can't eat the bread any longer and it is pure torture to look at it and smell it. I won't be making this recipe…but not because I don't think it's wonderful!!! Buzzed.

  37. #
    Eftychia — July 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Easy and quick to make. It looks very tasty! Thanks!!

  38. #
    Baked by Rachel — July 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    You had me at bread! Just call me Rachel the carboholic. I too have a seriously hard time resisting bread when it's offered prior to meals at restaurants. Do you have a Not Your Average Joes near you? Oh heaven their bread is insane. I've got to try this recipe in the very near future… maybe even as a lunch treat 🙂

  39. #
    Jamie — July 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I love baking yeast breads and I love what you've done with a "basic" recipe. I'm inspired!

  40. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    You'll love it – sooo easy!

  41. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    lol! It is quite irresistable I must say. 😉 Thanks Sandra

  42. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    ooh yum! I hope you are recovered from your vertigo 🙁

  43. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    It has never made it past the dinner table in our house…but mmm lunch the next day?? Now you have me thinking!

  44. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    AWESOME that you tried it!! And yes the spiced up oil is coming 😉 I promise! I'm SO happy you tried the bread. It is very simple (as far as bread recipes go). Yay!!!

  45. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Ooooh Penne Rustica. Now I'm hungry.

  46. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks! You know Jennifurla I can *never* comment on your blog – but I am there! Google issues I guess keep preventing me 🙁 Yummm Edamame and Avocado spread!! Have you considered changing your setting to allow Name/URL comments? Because then I think Blogger will let me in.

  47. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I'm SO happy you stopped by! 😉 Oh fresh herbs in this is ahhh-mazing!

  48. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Carolyn I feel your pain. 🙁

  49. #
    Sue — July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Oh no! Bread is definitely my weakness!

  50. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Carbaholic? You? 😉 Me too

  51. #
    bakingdevils — July 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Pretty and rustic….Just right for dipping in balsamic+olive oil or even brilliant for a panini….bookmarked this – will have to try it at some point.

    beautiful space -will be back soon.

  52. #
    Sandras Easy Cooking — July 26, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Yeyyy Katrina- Congrats on top 9!!!!

  53. #
    Kim - Liv Life — July 26, 2011 at 5:39 am

    This is the type of bread my family devours! Love it!!

  54. #
    mandybeck — July 26, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I love bread, but I have to admit that my favorite part about it is dipping it into various sauces 🙂 This is definitely the perfect vehicle for that!

  55. #
    rashmi bajimaya — July 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Thanks Katrina for delicious recipe. Can we add milk instant of water for more nutritional value.

  56. #
    Peggy — July 26, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I could definitely have this bread for a whole meal! It's an addiction =)

  57. #
    Eliot — July 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

    "For the love of pasta"….thanks for this recipe. Complimentary bread and chips (at Mexican restaurants) should be banned. But, I love this recipe and will make it for home!

  58. #
    Wit,wok&wisdom — July 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hello Katrina,
    Congrats on making it to the Top 9!I absolutely loved the look and feel of your Dipping Bread! I'm hosting the 2nd round of 'Let's Bread Bread Together' and just thought of giving you a nudge:) please do come over sometime and take a look and even link-up your lovely recipe if u you wish to!


  59. #
    Elyse-Cultural Dish — July 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats on the top 9! This bread looks delicious!

  60. #
    Megan @ Pip and Ebby — July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Yes, please! I'll have a loaf of this…and then a giant pasta meal. 🙂 Looks absolutely delicious!

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  62. #
    gingerbreadbagels — July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Oh my goodness this bread looks amazing!!! I wouldn't mind having some of it for breakfast. YUM! 🙂

  63. #
    kita — July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I just made a bread just like it and it was perfect for dipping! And yeah, rosemary is always a win 😀

  64. #
    pureandyummy — July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    If there is one thing that I absolutely love it is home made bread dipped in olive oil! This recipe sounds very simple and it looks fantastic. Can't wait to read about the spiced up dipping sauce. Congrats on Top 9 today, it is well deserved.

  65. #
    briarrose — July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I never could resist bread. 😉 This makes such a tasty nibble…..though it would be tough to save room for the meal….ehehehe.

  66. #
    Chrissy M — July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I LOVE this bread too! It is just so darn tasty! I'll definitely try this one out!

  67. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I don't see why not?! I've never done it but I don't think it would really change anything. Let me know if you try out that switch 😉

  68. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    OMG yes chips too! What is it about restaurant chips and salsa?! I can eat my weight in that stuff!

  69. #
    kankana — July 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    The bread looks so flaky and nice and that dipping sauce is making me drool!

  70. #
    Tiffany — July 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Congrats on making Top 9!

  71. #
    gastronomic nomad — July 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Yes! Why do they keep offering us that delicious, carb loaded bread before every meal?!? I just can't say no as i dig into the warm, yeasty bread, slather it in butter and a little salt and pepper or olive oil. Ymmm ymm ymmm. Thanks for making this simple looking recipe for this yeast challenged cook. 🙂

  72. #
    The Farmers Wife — July 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Oh dude…. I miss Macaroni Grill, haven't eaten at one in several years but I do remember the fantastic bread. Thank for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  73. #
    Sandra — July 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Thank goodness I don't live near a Macaroni Grill but I have had their insanely good bread. Thanks for the recipe, awesome pictures and Congrats on making Top 9!

  74. #
    CourtneyQ — July 27, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I think this might be my new bread recipe to try. I love how easy it is – and how it is baked on a cookie sheet! Though, we're like you, we'll probably eat it in a day!

  75. #
    Lindselicious — July 27, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I am new to bread making so this is on my list to try. The pics are great I want a big hunk of this bread to dip in that oil. mmmmmm

  76. #
    Maranda — July 27, 2011 at 3:17 am

    This looks amazing! I may have to make some tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  77. #
    bakingserendipity — July 27, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I love that dipping bread and bet it would be even more delicious coming out of your own kitchen. Awesome recipe 🙂 and…fortheloveofpasta. I love it! Seriously laughed out loud. Thank you!

  78. #
    Marion — July 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Just made this for our lunch…served with feta, cucumbers and fried banana peppers from the garden. Apparently this is to be added to my recipe rotation and served more often as advised by my husband and sister.

    I already make the rest of our bread and buns and find that yeast really doesn't need to be proofed. I add it to the flour (fleishmann) and always get good results. I stopped proofing yeast 30 years ago when I was able to obtain bakers yeast that looked like a pound of butter.

  79. #
    Linda Rose — July 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Just tried this lovely sounding bread…I must have done something very wrong…I followed the recipe to the letter..noticed there was no shortening or butter in the 'batter' but went ahead…my result was rather disappointing…what have I done wrong? please help…

  80. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh LindaRose- wow. I'm so sorry. I make this bread often for my family just as stated. And many of my readers have now made it with success. I wonder if your water was too hot and it killed the yeast? I agree that it is an unusual recipe and I like that it is simple. Having not seen your results I would suggest trying again with warm water and also giving it plenty of time to rise and rest. I'm curious to know your results.

  81. #
    kitchenarian — July 28, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I don't have a Macaroni Grill near me, but I don't really need one now that I have this recipe. I love this post!

  82. #
    Dani Katarina — July 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I have never made bread before, but this is definitely a challange i am willing to take! this recipe looks too good to pass up!

  83. #
    Diane — July 30, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you. Made this with fresh basil as a seasoning and used it for tomato and mozzarella sandwiches. It was fantastic.

  84. #
    Carmen — August 2, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Wowza!!!! I just baked this, and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I got distracted and popped it straight into the oven without the second rise or the sea salt, and it was still incredible! This was my first real attempt at baking bread and I'm beyond pleased with the results! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  85. #
    Kate — August 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I bookmarked this a couple of days ago, sure I would find the right time for it – and I was right, tonight I decided to make shrimp fra diavolo. I needed a quick-rising bread to go with it and voila, here it is! Thank you for this!

  86. #
    Jeff — August 5, 2011 at 4:23 am

    This looks amazing! Even without the spiced up olive oil! I would dip this in everything I cooked! Pasta sauces, curry, olive oil, butter… the possibilities are endless!

  87. #
    KatrinasKitchen — August 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Awesome! It is my go-to bread for weeknight dinners 😉

  88. #
    CourtneyQ — August 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I made this lovely bread this week – and it turned out great. I gave you credit and linked back here. If you're interested, here's the post:… Thanks again for sharing such great recipes!

  89. #
    Eve — November 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I found it required a lot more flour than the recipe suggested. But otherwise its wonderful!!!

  90. #
    Molly — March 6, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I made this bread this weekend to go with our pasta dinner. IT WAS FABULOUS! Thank you for posting it! Also, I have never made bread before and it still turned out great, the instructions were easy to follow. Thank you so much. The spiced olive oil is amazing as well!

  91. #
    Shawn Calloway — December 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I made this as a Christmas appetizer. It turned out incredibly delicious and it was super easy. I plan to make it again.
    Thanks, Katrina! I love your blog!!!

  92. #
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  94. #
    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia — November 18, 2013 at 4:16 am

    My uncle, who is NOT a baker, made 4 mini loaves of this bread yesterday..and was raving about on his facebook page. That says alot right there 😛 thanks for sharing (and for bringing the men of the house into the kitchen). It’s really that easy!

  95. #
    Danielle — January 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever taken the time to write a review for a recipe but I just had to do it because this bread is absolutely fantastic!!! It was so easy & definitely restaurant quality. My husband said it was the best oil dipping bread he’s ever had & I have to agree. Thanks for this amazing recipe!!!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I’m so glad you had success with it!

  96. #
    Sara — February 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Made these this afternoon. The BESTESTEST recipe for dipping bread! I think I may try some of your other recipes now, I was so impressed. =)

  97. #
    Claire J. — November 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Can you freeze this bread? Try to figure out if I can bake this in advance of handing it out as holiday gifts.

  98. #
    Missy — December 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Is this bread flour or just all purpose?

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    Denise Melancon — December 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    This has been my gift this year for office friends along with olive oil and seasoning. Everyone loved it and I am definitely an amateur bread maker. Thank you for this recipe!

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