Every year near Christmas or New Year, my mother would make Bagna Cauda (we prounounced it Bahnya Calda). My dad's mom (italian) taught her how to make it. There are a lot of great recipes online. I made it today with minced dry garlic instead of fresh. It is very good, but not nearly as good as fresh. I don't like it with jarred garlic at all.
1 lb butter (or up to half olive oil)
1 can anchovies (2 oz can)
chopped fresh garlic as much as you'd like, we usually use 6-10 cloves
1 cup heavy cream (optional)
Raw and cooked veggies for dipping - steamed asparagus, cabbage leaves, raw or steamed broccoli, carrot and celery sticks...
Melt butter in skillet. Add chopped garlic and saute over low to medium low heat. Pour off oil from anchovies into skillet, chop anchovies and toss into butter also (you can also just throw the anchovies in whole and mash them with the back or side of a spoon, as the sauce simmers the anchovies pretty much dissolve on their own).
Don't let the butter or garlic brown, just let it simmer until the garlic gets soft and mellow tasting and the anchovies sort of dissolve into a gray sludge at the bottom of the sauce. Stir in the heavy cream (if you want to use it)
and just keep on the heat a minute or so to bring it back to a hot, barely bubbling. Transfer into individual bowls, or put skillet in the middle of the table to share, like fondu.
Use any fresh or steamed vegetables as dippers (crusty bread and boiled potatoes are also traditional, but not low carb).
My parents would make it in an electric skillet for parties and keep it on low. Eveyone dips veggies (and french bread) into it like fondue. They'd throw raw mushrooms into the skillet with the dip and the mushrooms would slowly cook in the butter. At the end of the night, when the dip was gone, people would scoop out the cooked mushrooms.