In true MTV cribs fashion, I’m going to let you in on where the magic happens…But not that kind of magic. After all, a Bite-Sized lady doesn’t kiss and tell…My kind of magic is made in the kitchen. And magic, is exactly what’s on the menu today. Magic Sauce get its name because, well it’s really magical. It has the ability to transform something boring into some seriously divine. Think Fairy Godmother, but edible. One day you’re Cinderella, the next day you are a princess. And by you, I mean your food.
This sauce is great for dipping, think crunchy bread. It’s also great for eggs, potatoes, shellfish, chicken, steak and vegetables. Really, it’s good for anything and everything. Which is why it’s magical. The recipe makes about ½ a cup of Magic Sauce. But the way I use it, and the way you are sure to use it, it’s best to double the recipe right away. The sauce, like a fine wine, also gets better with age. So, make a batch, or two, and let the magic happen.
½ cup of good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste
1 well-crumbled bay leaf
pinch of red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon + fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Gently warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet or pan, until it is just hot. When hot remove from heat.
While the oil is heating, lightly pound the rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can chop all of the ingredients together.
Stir the paprika, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil. Then add the bruised herbs and lemon juice.
You can use this now, but know – the oil just gets better as it ages over a few days. Keep it in a refrigerator for up to a week/ten days-ish. It thickens up when cold, so if you need it in a liquid state, place it in the sun or in a warm place for a few minutes.
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