Monday, August 18, 2008

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

If you want to make a quick and easy dish that will be the hit of any dinner party mix up an olive tapenade!

A tapenade is simply a puree’ of assorted ingredients that is used as a spread.
Olives are the most popular ingredient for making tapenade. Since olives come in several tasty varieties from Spanish, Greek, Kalamata, to Sevillano, your options for making olive tapenade are endless.

You can serve your tapenade up with crackers or slices of artisan bread. It makes a great appetizer or hors d’oeuvre.

Here’s fun party idea: have an olive tapenade tasting party with all your friends.

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

1 1/4 C pitted Kalamata olives, rinsed & drained (or olives of your choice)
1 T capers, drained
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 C olive oil
1 T fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine olives, capers and garlic in food processor or blender and chop finely. With the food processor running add lemon juice and olive oil and process until well blended. Transfer tapenade to bowl. Stir in cilantro. Season to taste with a dash of pepper.

Nosh on,
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