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Olive Tapenade

This is always a big hit at parties. It seems a little exotic and unusual to most people, but it’s so easy to make! Serve with a really good, fresh Italian or French bread. Ciabatta or baguettes are great choices, since these smaller loaves hold together better for spreads. Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 clove minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
4-5 slices sun-dried tomato (reconstituted in water to soften)
1/2 teaspoon capers
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata olives
1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine garlic, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomato, pepper, and capers in a food processor. Blend until combined. Add olives and process until the olives are in small chunks (do not over process!)

Transfer tapenade from food processor into a bowl, add olive oil, stir and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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  • Add a tablespoon or two of tomato paste for an olive tomato tapenade.
  • Use a mixture of different varieties of olives.
  • Serve with rice crackers for a gluten-free version.

More information for Olive Tapenade recipe:

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 0 min
  • Total time: 10 min