Prepare the Herbed Olive Oil:
In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and black pepper. Allow the herbs to infuse into the oil for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let the garlic brown; you just want it to become fragrant.
Cool the Olive Oil Mixture:
Remove the saucepan from heat and let the herbed olive oil mixture cool to room temperature. This cooling period allows the flavors to meld.
If you prefer a smoother dip, you can strain the herbed olive oil to remove the garlic and herbs. Alternatively, you can leave them in for a more rustic presentation.
Pour the herbed olive oil into a shallow dish or a small bowl for dipping.
Slice the fresh, crusty bread into bite-sized pieces. You can lightly toast the bread if desired.
Dip the bread into the herbed olive oil and savor the delicious combination of flavors. You can also add a sprinkle of additional salt or pepper if needed.
This snack is not only tasty but also a great appetizer for gatherings. Feel free to customize the herbs to your liking, and enjoy the rich and aromatic experience of this herbed olive oil dip!