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The Gentleman's Infused Oil

The Gentleman’s Infused Oil

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I have a friend – a notorious Broadway director and choreographer – and when I would be out at his beach house on Fire Island he always had this terrific carafe of oil. It was delicious. Herby, robust. I finally asked him where he procured this potion and he told me he made it himself. Well, duh.

This is beyond easy. Ideally you should make more than enough for just you. It makes a terrific and unexpected gift. Instead of bringing a boring bottle of wine the next time you are asked to someone’s house, take a bottle of homemade infused oil. It will be immensely unexpected and very appreciated. Trust me.

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The Gentleman Caller’s Infused Oil

The Gentleman’s Infused Oil

Austin in Houston
Austin Miller – The Gentleman Caller – presents a delicious infused oil
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Steeping time 14 d
Cuisine American


  • cast iron skillet or dutch oven
  • bottles or jars with sealable lid
  • funnel


  • 4 cups grapeseed oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 4 tbsp red chili flakes
  • 4 sprigs (at least 3" long) fresh rosemary
  • 2 strips lemon peel taken with a vegetable peeler


  • In a sturdy pot (I use a cast iron skillet), measure out your oil.
  • Cut the heads of garlic to expose the insides of each clove. No need to peel.
  • Place in a 250 degree oven for about an hour and a half.
  • Allow this to cool.
  • Choose your bottles or jars. I chose 1 bottle to accommodate 2cups, and then 2 more to accommodate 1 cup each. Wash them diligently. Make sure whatever you use can attain a solid seal toprevent leaking and contamination.
  • Place your ingredients in your jar(s). For every cup of oil you will want 1 tbsp of chili, 2 lemon peels, 1 tbsp of peppercorn and a sprig of rosemary.
  • Allow to sit for 2 weeks, shaking occasionally. Enjoy!

Some other fun ideas:

  • Star anise and fennel frond
  • Raw garlic by itself for a very garlicky oil
  • Fresh basil leaves and roasted garlic
  • Fresh lavender and thyme


Keyword garlic, gift, grapeseed, hostess gift, infused oil, lemon, lemon peel, oil, pepper, peppercorns, rosemary

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