Spiced Up Olive Oil

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Spiced Up Olive Oil #recipe (CopyCat Macaroni Grill) from @KatrinasKitchen

Dear Butter,
I know we’ve been very close for so long. I have fond memories of you collecting in pools over my waffles as a child. I even remember the first time as a teenager I took you out of the refrigerator to soften just in time to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies. And as a newlywed I stayed true to you even though You-Know-Who fit our grocery budget much better. I never swayed. But if you’re honest with yourself you have seen this coming. I’m not breaking up; I still want/need you in my life. But it is time to spice things up. Surely this doesn’t come as a surprise to you. I told you about that fateful night when the waitress brought Olive Oil to the table with our bread- I was completely open and honest with you and I think you were happy for me. I love you, my sweet, sweet Butter.

Spiced Up Olive Oil #recipe (CopyCat Macaroni Grill) from @KatrinasKitchen

We will still see each other around. And I promise that I’ll always reach for you when I preheat my oven to 350 and bake up something sweet. Your nemesis (M) will never take over your spot in my kitchen- be assured of this. You may never have known of my cheating but I thought you deserved better. You can stay all cold and chilled in my refrigerator and Olive Oil will take his place on my counter top. Yes, it is true- I know you’ve seen that little jug on the counter top while I had you out of the refrigerator to soften. I’ve seen the looks you two have been giving each other when I’ve taken you out to come to room temperature. I hope we can be adult about this and make it work.

Katrina, xoxo

Spiced Up Olive Oil #recipe (CopyCat Macaroni Grill) from @KatrinasKitchen

Spiced Up Olive Oil Recipe

Copycat restaurant spice mix for olive oil
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Mix all spices in a shallow bowl.
  • Pour olive oil over the spices.

Do you want some bread to go with your oil? Of course you do.

- Katrina

38 Responses to “Spiced Up Olive Oil”

  1. #
    Baked by Rachel — July 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    lol….. I just don't know what to say besides remind me to try this sometime 😉

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    KatrinasKitchen — July 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Try what- writing a letter to your butter? Or making the dipping oil? lol

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    Bake Your Day — July 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    You are hilarious! This sounds delicious too. I always like the dipping oil at restaurants, this will be a perfect substitute!

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    claire — July 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    this is my FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE food. I love dipping bread in olive oil. you are so funny. I always write posts to random foods hahaha.

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    Maris — July 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Very cute post! Dipping oil in restaurants is the best and now I can make it at home

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    Lindselicious — July 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hahaha very cute post. That olive oil mixture sounds amazing! yum now I am really motivated to make that bread!!

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    Pam — July 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the link – we love the mixture, too! I'm glad you guys liked it! : D

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    Connie — July 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    You know what is the best part of this blog? I will tell you, I know you and I can hear you having this conversation with the butter, along with your awesome facial expressions. Also the dipping oil looks great and yummy. If I make spaghetti tonight that would be a get little side 🙂

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    sweetsillianah — July 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    you are too funny, katrina! i gotta try this soon – my hubs has an obsession with olive oil… and we've had more than one conversation about how we need a "spiced up" olive oil. now i have no excuse to make it! =)

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    The Chef Doc — July 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Yes, olive oil is definitely much better. However, butter will always have a special place in our hearts, right?

  11. #
    Aggie — July 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Love this post! 🙂 There's a place for butter in all of our hearts…but olive oil is definitely my true love 🙂

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    Deb — July 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Ooo, I love dipping bread in olive oil. I remember going to dinner with a friend for Christmas 4 years ago and I pretty much mopped up the olive oil dish with the bread. My friend didn't mind ^_^ But yes, I think I can actually make this without having to pick anything up at the store, we have all those spices at home. yay!!

    LOL at the 'can't we all just get along' pic! 😀

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    cakewhiz — July 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I drizzle oilive oil on my bread too. My olive oil only has some garlic in it but i like the sound of this this spiced version too.
    Btw, your letter to butter was hillarious! Lol

  14. #
    Erin @Dinners Dish.. — July 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Too Cute! I love when you get the yummy flavored olive oil to dip your bread in. My 6 year old just discovered how yummy this can be too!

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    [email protected] — July 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Who wouldn't love to dip their bread in this deliciousnesssssss…. yummmmmmo!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — July 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    ha ha ha you have an add on your side bar "Visit Myrtle Beach" and we just got back few days ago from a 3 weeks vacation there :)))

    I love dipping bread in olive oil, sometimes I think I could live only on that, ok, on chocolate too

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — July 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

    You are so funny! This sounds like a nicely spiced olive oil! YUM!

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    weekendgourmet — July 28, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Mmmm…reminds me of the dipping oil they serve with salad at Carrabba's. Sometimes we eat so much of the bread and oil that we can barely take two bites of our entrees and have to box 'em up! Love that I can make this at home…thanks!!

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    cookinghealthyforme — July 28, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I love your letter to butter. The dipping oil looks amazing!

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    Sandras Easy cooking — July 28, 2011 at 1:54 am

    LOL! Awesome post..funny as always!! I would leave butter in a heart beat for that wonderful olive oil!:) Yummy!!

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    The Harried Cook — July 28, 2011 at 2:21 am

    The spiced up oil sounds delicious… I bake so much bread that this is something I must make… Thanks for sharing!

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    KimBee — July 28, 2011 at 2:57 am

    The dipping oil is amazing. And you are hilarious. This made me chuckle.

  23. #
    [email protected] — July 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Ha! You are too cute. I think butter will forgive you. 🙂

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    Megan @ Pip & Ebby — July 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    There is a place for your love, Butter, and there is a place for OO. Hopefully Butter understands your plea! This olive oil recipe looks delicious! Can practically taste it…mmmm…

  25. #
    Eftychia — July 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I use olive oil in almost everything… I am sure that this will make olive oil taste even better! Thanks!

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    Eliot — July 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I have a garden full of fresh herbs. Am trying it this evening. Sorry about your butter breakup!

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    Sandrs — July 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    That was too funny! Now I'm ready to spice up my olive oil, lots of possibilities.

  28. #
    Parsley_Sage — July 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Could this post be any cuter? I think not.

    Sexy olive oil dip 🙂 So good

  29. #
    Dee — July 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Lol, cute! My olive oil and butter are always having it out. You are so lucky not to have been here the time I made cookies with olive oil. It was not pretty! The olive oil cookies turned out fabulous by the way but don't tell butter that!

  30. #
    Jill Colonna — July 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    LOVE your post, Katrina. Laughing out loud still. It's so true!

  31. #
    Wendy Irene — July 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    that olive oil dip looks SO good! I know I would love it! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  32. #
    mywanderingspoon — July 29, 2011 at 5:33 am

    This is so funny, I love it….great sence of humor and lovely olive oil…and butter:)

  33. #
    shabs — July 29, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Hahahahaah , you crack me up , I use olive oil too but this seems a good idea , good one Katrina 😀 .

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    Dani Katarina — July 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    This must be better than the Macaroni Grill's Olive Oil! they just use pepper!!!
    I'm definitely trying this one with some yummy bread 🙂

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    @TheFlavaInYaEar — July 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I love when I get this infamous dip at italian restaurants. Thank you so much for posting this quick and easy recipe it looks delicious! I am going to make it next week along with the bread.

    Flava in ya ear

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    Maranda — August 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Cute post! And that spiced up olive oil looks like just the thing to go with that delicious bread of yours! Yum!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Molly — March 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Tried this, and it is delicious! It makes quite a bit so you might want to half the recipe. Thank you for posting this!! So excited to have this recipe.

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    built in fridge — June 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Love this post! 🙂 There's a place for butter in all of our hearts…but olive oil is definitely my true love 🙂

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