Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It is Olive time!

I have always been a big fan of olives! When I was small girl my dad use to take me to the city's only Deli & Imports store to taste and buy olives and I was excited to go every single time! Sometimes I was so anxious to try all the different kinds of olives that I would put 2 or 3 in my mouth at the same time – it caused me swallow a couple of pits but it was worthy!

I like olives so much that I am always trying to incorporate them in my dishes. Today, I want to share with you two recipes that can be great life-savers when you are planning a party:


2 cups of Kalamata olives, pitted and drained
1/3 cup of green olives, pitted and drained
1 clove of garlic, coarsely chopped
½ cup of sweet roasted peppers
1 tablespoon of capers, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
2 large leaves of fresh Basil, roughly chopped
¼ cup of olive oil
Ground black pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse for 20 seconds or until you obtain the desired consistency. Put the tapenade in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours for flavor infusion.

Use it in dips, savory tarts and appetizers or as a spread for sandwiches and bruschettas.

Light Olive Dip

15oz (1 container) of ricotta cheese

In a bowl combine the ricotta cheese and homemade tapenade. Stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Preserve it covered in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. Serve it with crackers or small toasts.

If you don’t have time to make your homemade tapenade, you can use an entire jar of store-bought tapenade to make this quick and tasty dip.

Bon Appetite!


  1. Hi Ana! Unfortunately, I am allergic to both olives and basil, so the first couple won't work for me, but the shrimp looks devine! I look forward to "hearing" more from you!
    Nutrition and Style Consultant

  2. I love olives too - I'll definitely try these recipes :)

  3. Ana, I found your blog through BlogCatalog and I like it very much. Anyway, I shall make the tapenade for my daughter - it is a very good lunch snack she can take to work.
    I write a cooking blog, in Croatian, you can see it if you wish at

  4. Oh man, that tapenade sounds awesome! I was just sitting here thinking I should really go to bed but was feeling sort of hungry and ran across your post here. I'll take an order of tapenade to go right now! ;o)

  5. YUMMY!!!! soooooo hungry. sooooooo should not eat anymore today!

  6. I think my whole family would love the tapenade recipe! My kids and dh are big olive fans. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until we have our own herbs and peppers in the summer. :)