Olive Oil Parmesan Spice Dipping Sauce

This post is sponsored by Boardwalk Food Company. I received free product to try as a part of this post.

Olive Oil Parmesan Spice Dipping Sauce is an easy-to-make dip that tastes delicious with any savory bread. This dipping sauce works with bread at the beginning of a meal or paired with an appetizer, like Boardwalk Food Company’s Rosemary Sea Salt Pretzel Poppers.

Bread surrounding bowl of olive oil parmesan dipping sauce

The kind folks at Boardwalk Food Company approached me a few weeks back, wondering if I’d like to give their pretzel mixes a try.

Let’s be real, y’all: I’ve made pretzels from scratch before. They’re delicious… but they take a long freaking time and a lot of work.

So when I learned that Boardwalk’s pretzel poppers require beer, a quick mix, then you bake them, I was intrigued and said I’d love to give them a go. They sent me a box with two of their mixes a short while later.

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    Packaged box of bread mix

    I made these pretzel poppers earlier this week, and I was impressed with how easy they were to make… and how easy they were to eat, too.

    These Rosemary Sea Salt Poppers were out of the oven in 20ish minutes — our oven is o-l-d, so I feel like the -ish is necessary here. Once they were out, I brushed them with some melted butter, as per the box instructions, and they were good to go.

    The poppers were delicious. The sea salt is apparent when you bite into them, as is the rosemary, but neither were overwhelming. And the texture was on point. You know how when you make bread at home sometimes, and it feels like a brick? Yeah, that’s not the case here, and the pretzel poppers had a good pretzel-y texture without being too dense.

    So, when these turned out beautifully, I knew I wanted to make you something to pair with it to make it even more tempting instead of just saying, ‘Hey, this is tasty. Go try it.’.

    Also? I have a coupon code at the bottom of this post so y’all can try out these pretzel poppers for 30% off, too! So scroll on down for that!

    A close up of bread baked in muffin pan

    This Olive Oil Parmesan Spice Dipping Sauce is something I’ve been making for nearly 10 years. It came about when I studied abroad in Italy, though I’d had it before at Italian restaurants.

    You know that dip, right? The one that the waiter makes tableside, and it seems so fancy because he’s pouring olive oil over several herbs, and it smells and looks and tastes delicious?

    Well… the thing is… the town where I lived in Italy, the bakers apparently didn’t salt their bread. Which meant the bread tasted like nothing. And instead of just avoiding the bread — we consumed a pasta course every night, too, so it wasn’t like we needed those carbs, right? — my classmates and I made variations of this dipping sauce.

    Hand dipping piece of bread in olive oil parmesan spice sauce

    Everyone had their own rendition of what they liked, and I found that I gravitated toward adding a lot of parmesan, salt and pepper to my olive oil before drenching my bread in the mix.

    When my summer abroad was over, I brought back this dip to the States. I’ve been making it ever since, even though the bread I get here is significantly better than the Italian bread I ate back in the day. (Who’d have thought?)

    For the first time, though, I wrote down exactly what I did so I could share it with y’all. Because when I made it to pair with these Rosemary Sea Salt Poppers, I was so pleased, and it paired so beautifully, and I couldn’t not share it with y’all.

    Here’s how you can make this dip at home:

    Close up of cut open bread next to dipping sauce

    Olive Oil Parmesan Spice Dipping Sauce

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Olive Oil Parmesan Spice Dipping Sauce is an easy-to-make dip that tastes delicious with any savory bread. This dipping sauce works with bread at the beginning of a meal or paired with an appetizer, like Boardwalk Food Company's Rosemary Sea Salt Pretzel Poppers.
    5 from 1 vote
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 123 kcal
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes


    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup parmesan cheese freshly shredded
    • ¾ teaspoon herbes de provence
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

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    • Shred the parmesan cheese.
    • Combine the olive oil, cheese and seasonings in a medium-sized bowl, stirring until combined.
    • Serve at room temperature with the baked and slightly cooled Boardwalk Food Company Rosemary Sea Salt Craft Beer Poppers.


    Serving: 1servingCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 76mg
    Course Appetizers & Starters
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    Close up of cut open bread next to dipping sauce

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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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