Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning

Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning
Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning
Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning
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Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning (pronounced "tuh-skuh-nee"), is also called bread dipping seasoning, bread dipping spices, or Tuscan bread dipping seasoning.

What is Bread Dipping Seasoning

Bread dipping seasoning is only one of three critical parts of creating the best bread dipping experience, with the other two being the choice of oil and bread. The best seasoning is one that’s heavy on garlic, has some salt and just a tiny bit of back of the throat heat. You do not want your bread dipping seasoning to overpower the oil or the bread.

Our bread dipping seasoning is inspired by the Tuscany region in Italy. This region is best known for its light cooking style and use of fresh local ingredients. This cuisine tends to be much healthier and less fatty than other Italian areas. This area has a reputation for wonderful fresh baked artisan bread, olive oils and of course wine.

History of Bread Dipping

There is a romantic notion that in Italy one might be served a bowl of olive oil and some bread to dip it in as you sit down at the table. For the most part that just does not happen. In Italy bread may not make an appearance at the table until the main course is served. Ann Reavis the author of the book Italian Food Rules tells us that the practice of dipping bread in olive oil, and maybe some balsamic vinegar and spices, is actually an American thing that started in the 1990s in San Francisco. Now there is some debate as to which restaurant did this first. One camp believes that it was the authentic Italian restaurant Il Fornaio while the second camp swears it was the seafood restaurant Farallon.

Now this does not mean that pairing bread and olive oil didn’t exist before 1990s San Francisco. Food historians tell of the Romans testing the quality of freshly pressed olive oil by smearing it on a piece of fire-toasted bread for tasting. This is now a common practice in all the major olive-oil producing regions of Italy. Historians also speculate that the oil-soaked bread was first rubbed with a clove of raw garlic as a way to enhance the flavors of the oil.

What Does Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning Taste Like

Upfront garlic, with an herbaceous background, and finishes with a final subtle splash of heat.

What Is the Best Olive Oil to Use for Bread Dipping

The key is choosing the right type of olive oil and making sure that it is fresh. When olive oil is fresh, it has a peppery, slightly grassy flavor and fruity aroma.

When choosing your olive oil, you'll want to look for the words "cold pressed" on the label. Cold pressing is when the olives have been crushed into olive paste without heat applied. Heat at the crushing stage alters the olive's delicate flavor and will cause flavor imperfections. Cold pressing is also considered the most hygienic because it is chemical free and does not expose the olive paste to air.

What surprises people is when they learn that color has little to do with the quality of an olive oil. Smell is a much better indicator. Olive Oil Sommeliers, who are trained experts at determining olive oil quality, look at three primary attributes when deciding quality measurement – fruitiness, pungency, and bitterness.

What Is the Best Bread to Use for Bread Dipping

The best bread for dipping is really a matter of preference. For choosing a dipping bread, look for something that is hearty enough to tear and soak up the olive oil and spices. Our top choice is a crusty ciabatta bread. Other types of bread that you can certainly consider - Focaccia, French bread, Italian bread, or Olive bread. And if you want to go a bit adventurous you could go with flatbread, naan or pita. There are no wrong choices here.

We like to let our bread sit in the oil for a minute or so to absorb more of this spectacular flavor.

How Do You Use Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning

To make a classic bread seasoning dip, mix 3 tablespoons Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning with 1/2 cup of your favorite olive oil. You can of course easily adjust this with more or less seasoning to suite your family's tastes. For best results mix it with oil and let the flavors marry for 20-30 minutes before serving.

We've also used this seasoning for a zesty vinegar and oil dressing for salads by simply adding 3 tablespoons of Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning with 2/3 cups olive oil and 1/3 cup red wine vinegar (we think that balsamic is a bit too overpowering to the seasoning blend in this particular case). This dressing can also be used as a quick, light marinade for chicken, fish or pork.


IngredientsSalt, garlic, black pepper, onion, red pepper flakes, rosemary, basil, Mediterranean oregano and parsley
Also CalledBread dipping seasoning, bread dipping spices, or Tuscan bread dipping seasoning
Recommended UsesBread dipping oil or salad dressing
Flavor ProfileUpfront garlic, with an herbaceous background, and finishes with a final subtle splash of heat
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life6-12 months
Country of OriginUSA
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Non-GMO


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.4g0%

Dietary Fiber0.6g2%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
65 total ratings.

tim m. (Verified buyer) 03/08/2022
Love this stuff use it Love this stuff use it for salads eggs

Prudence F. (Verified buyer) 03/03/2022
Absolutely love the Tuscany Bread Absolutely love the Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning! Not only do I use it as a delicious bread dip, I also use it in salad dressing, soups and sauces, and just about every dish that I want to add a Tuscan twist to.

Louis C. (Verified buyer) 12/22/2021
Our favorite as well our Our favorite as well our customers. Used I. Bread Dip, chicken, salmon with blood Orange EVOO

Joseph R. (Verified buyer) 11/26/2021
Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning makes Tuscany Bread Dipping Seasoning makes a great dip for Italian bread. I make it in the AM so it sits and the flavors pop. To add a little variety we nm ix in some pecorino and a few drops of balsamic.

Vicki M. (Verified buyer) 07/20/2021
Absolutely delicious, not only as Absolutely delicious, not only as a dipping seasoning, but to season our roasts and steak! Will definitely order more when we run out...which won't be long!

Rob S. (Verified buyer) 06/30/2021
Big chunks of italian herbs. Big chunks of italian herbs. Soak it with olive oil and some homemade bread and guests will never leave!

Ellen A. (Verified buyer) 06/14/2021
❤❤❤ Takes my salads to a gourmet level

Valerie B. (Verified buyer) 06/03/2021
Very Happy Great blend of spices, we love the flavor. It's perfect with olive oil, chicken, or pasta salad, on potatoes...etc.

RICHARD S. (Verified buyer) 05/08/2021
Perfect mixed with olive oil Perfect mixed with olive oil for the bread I bake each day. Elevates the flavor perfectly.

Sarah F. (Verified buyer) 04/13/2021
Family enjoyed this mix. Family enjoyed this mix.
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