Herbed Olives

11.23.2012



In moments where enough time is always eluding us, elaborate gatherings are not easy to put together and there´s always something pressing, marinating is a wonderful technique for the food enthusiast. If you sterilize jars properly, you can even have gifts at a moment´s notice.

We´re making Herbed Olives with our FFWD group. 



These olives take little time to prepare provided you have the ingredients ready. Olive oil is barely heated in a pan and spices, herbs and citrus peel is added, heated until fragrant and then poured onto olives that are waiting patiently in a bowl or jar.

The spices inlcude black peppercorns, coriander, fennel seeds and red chili. The herbs are rosemary, bay leaves and thyme. The citrus are lemon and orange peels. And garlic of course. All very conventional, known to go well together and, in my case, already in my regular pantry, ingredients.
Dorie suggests serving them after eight hours marinating, though I think they are better after days of waiting. The flavors meld together and get so much deeper. 
And the oil itself might even be better than the olives.


I love this kind of easy appetizer. It can get quite impressive if you add some good warm bread, fresh mozzarella, some sliced salami or thinly sliced prosciutto and a nice red wine. Or white or whatever you like to drink. This is the thing with mediterranean flavors, they are a crowd pleaser and easily available.
I really like olives, really, a lot. So I´m keeping some in my fridge. Just in case I have company. 
Like yesterday, my father dropped by to pick up some things and left with marinated olives. Was he happy. 


You can find the original recipe here.

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Paula! And I love that we have the same taste in dishes :)

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  2. These were lovely to make - can't wait to dig into them.
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Those are my kind of appetizers too!
    Have a relaxing weekend!

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  4. I have been dipping bread into this olive oil every chance I get. You are so right it is the best part!

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  5. This is something I'd be happy to snack on all day long. Lovely recipe.

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  6. Your presentation of these olives is divine my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Gorgeous pics, your olives look delicious. I really loved these too.

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  8. I like how versatile these are - they really do add a nice touch of flavor to things! And very easy to put together. Yours look great!

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  9. What a nice pressie for your dad. Glad you say they are delicious - I am yet to try mine.

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  10. A fun recipe to make and it goes perfectly with a glass of wine. We loved it, and the oil is so good
    on bread or as a dressing. I love those little dishes, perfect for olives.

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  11. This looks like a great appetizer and one that will come in handy during the holidays. Thanks!

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  12. These were definitely made to enjoy with a glass of wine! I also loved that I didn't need to go to the store for anything more than fresh olives and lemons, which I pick up pretty regularly anyway.

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  13. Nice to send some home with your father. I love having these in the fridge. They taste so good. How are you going to use the flavored oil?

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    1. Drizzled over pasta for sure, since I eat that a lot. It would go great in a chicken sandwich or a tomato salad.

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  14. Beautiful, elegant photos!
    I am really looking forward to making these next week and you've given me so many serving suggestions!

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  15. Beautiful presentation, love the photo of the herbs in the olive oil- no doubt the best part;-)

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  16. What amazing and tasty looking photos!

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  17. I just love olives, we usually have a bowl out around the holidays for snacking :) Gorgeous photos!

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  18. omg! con lo q me gustan las aceitunas verdes!!!!! me puedo comer un rasco en 15 minutos! y estas estan tan increibles!

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  19. Paula, this was a wonderful and fun recipe to prepare - it seems that all of us who made this recipe were quite taken by it!

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  20. The olives look delicious - a perfect snack for the coming holidays!

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  21. Isn't it treat to have something yummy on hand when you have someone stop by? We loved these too. Easy and delicious. Yours look beautiful.

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  22. Paula, Gorgeous photos…very artistic! And your olives look scrumptious!! I like having them in my fridge too!!

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  23. Was there anyone who didn't like these, Paula? I don't think we had one doubter. Your thought on gift-giving is a good one. Even as a little "take-home" for guests after a dinner party. This was an easy recipe for we Americans during a holiday but one all of us liked. Glad we chose it. I got your e-mail and will answer personally after I get some comments made.

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  24. What perfect timing - I am looking for appetizers for Mark's 60th birthday party and these are a great idea. I love how you can make them with anything you have in the spice cabinet or with herbs and peppers from the garden. ~ David

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