The subtle layers of flavor in our Venetian for Olive Tapenade Mix combine to set this home-made olive tapenade leagues apart from the sameness found in bottled tapenades. You pick the olives; use whatever kinds you like or suite your occasion. Kalamata olives are pictured. Make it tame or spicy, to your taste! This is a lovely appetizer served with crackers or baguette slices. It’s quick and easy - just the thing to get dinner or parties off to a great start. And it keeps practically forever.
TIP: Use red pepper flakes to add spiciness; start with just a pinch for the full recipe, and add more if needed to suit your taste. It’s spicy enough for most people with 1/4 teaspoon.
OTHER WAYS TO USE THIS DELICIOUS TAPENADE:
Mixed Olives: Great for a spread on baguette slices. Venetian Mixed Olive Tapenade pictured with a mix of green & black olives and oil packed sun dried tomatoes.
With Olives, Figs and Goat Cheese Recipe: Mix Kalamata olives with dried figs and serve with goat cheese rounds to spread on crackers or baguette slices (pictured) - just beyond belief! This is a total show stopper as an appetizer for an elegant party. See APPETIZER RECIPES for Venetian Tapenade with Figs and Goat Cheese directions.
Pasta Topping: Venetian Olive Tapenade is delicious as a quick topping for pastas (pictured with Kalamata olives and shaved Pecorino Romano cheese). As simple as this is, it makes a beautifully understated, elegant meal.
Pizza Topping: Dab tapenade on heat-&-serve pizzas to take them to a whole new level.
Olive Aioli or Salad Dressing: Mix prepared tapenade with mayonnaise for Venetian Olive Aioli (great spread for Mediterranean sandwiches especially with crusty bread), or mayo and buttermilk for a lovely salad dressing. For an Italian Olive vinaigrette, put 1/3 C balsamic or red wine vinegar, 1/2 C olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and 1/2 C prepared tapenade in a jar. Attach lid and shake until well blended. Use on tossed salads or greens.
Makes 3-4 cups using olives only.
No gluten, artificial colors or ingredients. No salt or preservatives added.