Italian Bagna Cauda (Creamy Vegetable Dip)

Cooking Time: 20-25 Min    Servings: 4 

Products needed:

Butter-All Natural Infused Olive Oil

Ingredients:

  • Raw vegetables of your choice (see below)
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 c Olive Scene Butter Infused Olive Oil 
  • or Olive Scene medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or a combination of both)
  • 10 finely chopped flat anchovy filets packed in olive oil, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 lb loaf crusty Italian or French bread, cut into 2-inch sections

Directions:

  1. Wash and prepare the vegetables several hours before using them.
  2. Cut vegetable into strips about 3 inches long and 1/2-inch wide.
  3. Place vegetables in ice water to crisp.
  4. Before serving pat all the vegetables dry with a towel.
  5. In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, add cream and garlic cloves; bring just to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly to prevent scorching or boiling over, approximately 15 minutes or until the cream has thickened and reduced by half (approximately 1 cup).
  6. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  7. In another saucepan, heat the olive oil.
  8. Mash anchovies with a fork and add to the olive oil, along with cayenne pepper and parsley; cook until the anchovies dissolve into a paste, approximately 5 minutes. 
  9. Put the reduced cream, garlic cloves, and anchovy mixture into a blender and purée until the mixture is very smooth. (The recipe may be made ahead to this point.)
  10. In a saucepan, reheat the Bagna Cauda at a very slow simmer, stirring constantly, do not let boil.
  11. Serve in warming dish over candle or a fondue pot works well.
  12. If sauce begins to separate while standing, a few turns with a whisk will bring it back together.
  13. Take turns dipping vegetables into the Bagna Cauda (a fondue-style fork will help), holding a piece of bread under the vegetable after dipping.
  14. After dipping a few pieces, the bread will be fragrant with oil and delicious to eat.