This chili garlic olive oil is an easy handmade gift idea or holiday appetizer when paired with bread. Whip up a jar to take along to your next Christmas party.
At the Farmer’s market a couple summers ago, we picked up a jar of chili garlic olive oil. Seemed like a no brainer for dipping bread, but little did we know it would become a favourite addition to soup, salad, pizza, pasta, roasted veggies and more.
Unfortunately, we never made it back to pick up another jar. And because we were missing that little kick of heat at mealtime, I started playing around with ingredients until I came up with something that was very close. Woohoo!
Chili Garlic Olive Oil
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This holiday season, I’ll be sharing jars of my homemade chili garlic olive oil with our loved ones. And, if you’re looking for other handmade gift ideas, continue reading to the bottom where my Seasonal Simplicity friends are sharing theirs too! (Be sure to check out my fringe napkins as part of the holiday DIY project from this series.)
So, are you ready for this tasty recipe? Don’t blink! It’ll take you mere minutes to put together. And, when you compare it to store-bought flavoured oils, you’re going to save big by making your own.
Ingredients to Make Chili Garlic Olive Oil
Always start with good quality 100% extra virgin olive oil that’s fresh.
You’ll also need:
- crushed red pepper
- granulated sugar
- sea salt
Five whole ingredients. That’s it!
Need a gift for a foodie, holiday hostess, neighbour or someone else on your list? Grab a basket, line it with a tea towel and load it up with good quality bread (gluten-free works too), flatbread, olive tapenade, a small dipping bowl, mini spoons or spreaders and a wooden board. Pesto would be great as well.
Be sure to check out these gifts from the kitchen too!
Note: Always store this homemade flavoured olive oil in the refrigerator.
Holiday Appetizer Idea
Of course, you’ll want to make a jar of this chili garlic olive oil for yourself too. Having a jar ready in the fridge along with a loaf of bread in the freezer means you’re prepared for unexpected guests or hungry family members in no time.
I also suggest having a jar of this cranberry compote on hand too!
To serve, cut bread into slices and display on board along with a dish (or individual dishes) of oil. We also enjoy it with homemade crostini.
Other Ways to Use Garlic Chili Olive Oil
- Drizzle on pizza and pasta
- Add to soup as a flavour booster
- Spoon over freshly sliced tomatoes
- Use as dip for pot stickers or dumplings
My husband and son put it on almost anything!
Be sure to pin this chili oil gift to your boards on Pinterest!
Chili Garlic Olive Oil
Whip up a jar of this flavoured olive oil as an easy holiday appetizer or handmade gift. Delicious with bread!
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped or minced garlic (use fresh)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
In a small saucepan over low heat on stove, add half the olive oil and full amount of crushed red chili, garlic, salt and sugar. Gently heat for about 4-5 minutes, stirring often. (Don’t brown garlic.)
Remove from heat, stir in remaining olive oil and allow to cool. Transfer to jar. Allow to cool and always store in refrigerator. Use within 4 days.
- Adjust red pepper flakes according to how spicy you want the oil. Each day it will become stronger in taste.
- When storing in refrigerator, olive oil will solidify. Simply remove about 5 minutes before serving, stir and it’s ready to go!
*Always store in refrigerator and discard any unused flavoured oil after 4 days maximum (if it lasts that long)!
Finally, be sure to check out these DIY Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season (many with free printable tags) that were put together by some of my favourite bloggers!
Rudolph the Red Toes Reindeer Gift Tags at Tauni Everett
Hot Chocolate Gift Ornament at Clean and Scentsible
Chili and Garlic Olive Oil Holiday Gift at Satori Design for Living
Daiso Hot Chocolate Gift at Paint Me Pink
Gingerbread Slime Recipe with Printable Gift Tags at All Things With Purpose