Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Three Olive Italian Appetizer Recipe

A food spread typically made with Italian black olives that are put in a food processor and mixed with olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and black pepper. This spread is generally served on fresh bread, but also is used as a spread for crackers and garlic toasted breads. There are a variety of olive spreads produced that use some form of the Italian version to create this condiment. The Italian version is referred to as Olivada, or it may also be referred to as an olive paste or tapenade.  I like mine chunky you can puree it to your liking.


1 cup pitted black olives
1 cup pitted green olives
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Combine the black olives, green olives, kalamata olives, and garlic in the container of a food processor. Pulse to chop with food processor, or by hand, then add balsamic vinegar and olive oil, add spices and herb. Process leaving little chunks or smooth which ever you prefer. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight if possible, before serving. Serve with baguette bread, pita points, bread sticks, Italian crusty homemade bread, rye bread, garlic bread, just a few suggestions.  I like to cut mine out with cookie cutter shapes for the occassion. Also, this spread  is great on sandwich with salami and provolone, or as a  pizza topping.

25 comments:

Federica said...

Olive paste is a delicious jolly, I love it. Prepared with three different types of olives as you made, it's even more tasty. Bye bye, have a nice day

alison said...

a perfect snack for the 1st day of autumn!

Belinda @zomppa said...

A classic! Love the backdrop for this.

Tania said...

Lovely! I like your suggestion to use olives, I use them often in my recipes!

jelena said...

I have never made it myself only had it from a little jar store bought. This must be way better!

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a nice and appetizing snack!

Shelby said...

I would definitely love this Claudia! I'm a fan of olives of all kinds!

Trix said...

yum, i love olive tapenade!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Great flavor with the 3 different olives. Lovely presentation Claudia. Bravo!

Pam said...

It sounds and looks delicious and is a must try as we love olives! Very appealing!

Joanne said...

Looks wonderful. I like referring to it as "tapenade" just because I LOVE saying the word: TAPENADE. It sounds so elegant :)

Emily Malloy said...

Deee-lish!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love that you are using the three kinds of olives - yummy!

lequan@luvtoeat said...

I love olives so this definitely sounds like a must try dish for me. I like how simple it is, yet so many different flavors to tickle your tastebuds. Wonderful dish!

zerrin said...

Sounds like a great appetizer! I love garlic in it. This is a perfect breakfast food, too.

Claudia said...

I adore this snack. Like it on mascarpone. Olives are simply food of the gods.Perfect posting!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Love me some olives Claudia, and the garlic with balsamic is just wonderful!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

bunkycooks said...

This is a perfect appetizer. I love almost anything with olives!

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

A great aperitif, really lovely even the form too :)

All the best,

Gera

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Love tapenade on gourmet crackers. It feels like such an indulgence.

Drick said...

what flavor - great recipe, I just love it Claudia

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Love olives and tapenade too, so I would definitely love to try this!

Cookin' Canuck said...

This appetizer is right up my alley, Claudia. I adore salty foods, plus love the herbs you added.

Stella said...

Ooh, salty deliciousness. I love tapenade, Claudia. I will use your recipe if I ever make any. I've actually been meaning to get some good olives and make something like this homemade. I just can't keep up with all the things I want to make;)
Have a relaxing evening, Claudia!
Stella

pegasuslegend said...

thank you all so much for your kind words here love all your comments!