Saturday, April 2, 2016

Savory Cheesy Olive Monkey Bread with Carrabba's Italian Grill's Oil Seasonings

Ok now I know there are those of you who might think that I am terrible for posting anything that has to do with some Copy Kat recipe from a chain restaurant but hear me out.

Carrabba's is a chain that originated in the south and is a pretty good Italian restaurant actually despite if being a chain. Many things are made in house and they really try to present their food well.
Im not going to try and convince anyone that it's better than Becco in NYC on 46th street ( which is pretty amazing) but I will state for the record that they do make something that I find amazing.

What is it? Well it is simply the seasoning mix that they hand you on a little plate and invite you to mix it with olive oil and dip you bread in. Oh my goodness it's amazing. No really it is. I have never found a dipping oil that's better than theirs. And I love dipping oil. So for years I have tried on occasion to make this at home but never quite got it right. Then one day I was looking on the internet and what pops up but the blog from the chain themselves telling people how to make their famous dipping mix. Well it was great to get that recipe.

Here it is:

3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 1/2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 1/2  Tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 Tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoons Kosher salt ( or sea salt )
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

Mix this all together place in a large mixing bowl Viola!!

So to make a savory Monkey Bread. Monkey bread is normally sweet but I have seen it with pizza sauce however this one is really like the best over the top garlic bread you have ever had. That and the seasoning mix from Carrabbas's make it a flavor explosion hard to beat. Here's what you do.

Take a can of store bought biscuits and cut them into four pieces and roll them into balls

Add them to the bowl with the seasoning mix.

Add to this:

1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 cup grated fontina or monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup of finely chopped green olives with pimentos
1/2 cup finely chopped California black olives

Add in about 1 cup of olive oil or so just enough so that everything comes together nice and coated.

Melt 4 Tablespoons of butter and add in and mix everything well together

Pour into a greased bundt pan

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 25 to 30 mins.

Remove and allow to cool for at least 10 mins

Turn over bundt pan on a plate and serve immediately while still warm

Now that didn't make you turn your nose up too much now did it. Enjoy Ya'll! 

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