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Monday, July 25, 2011 by

Who doesn't love a late night snack?  We all have those nights when we are craving something munchy while relaxing.  I generally don't like turning to chips, pretzels, etc. (but I do have a weekend for popcorn from my Whirley Pop).  Maybe it's the Italian in me, but I love dips for bread.  These simple dip recipes are a staple in our house, and make for great late night snacks with some fresh bread (and maybe even a glass of wine!).

Easy Marinara (in 15 minutes)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
Kosher salt & pepper
28 oz can crushed tomatoes (or about 3 cups chopped and peels fresh roma/plum tomatoes)
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup water (I sometimes use less, all depends on how thick of sauce you'd like)
Pinch of sugar
1/4 cup of fresh basil, cut into strips (optional)
1. Heat olive oil in pan on med-low heat.  Add onion, cook until translucent.  Add garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes or until garlic starts to smell good.
2. Add tomatoes, oregano and basil, stir together.  Cook over low-medium heat for 10 minutes. 3. After sauce thickens, add water, stir. Cook 5 minutes longer, remove from heat, and stir in sugar to taste.
4. Add any spices, salt & pepper if you feel necessary. Finish by stirring in fresh basil.

Italian Bread Dip Mix
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
Olive oil
1. In a small container that has a lid, grind and mix together all spices and salt.
2. Use 1 tbsp of mixture (or more if you'd like) in a small bowl and pour in olive oil until you get desired amount.  Mix together and serve.

The marinara is also great with pasta, sprinkled with fresh parmesan cheese.  Enjoy these easy recipes next time you're looking to munch!  


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