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 served on the deck and in the house. 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 summer 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 summer 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 artificial colors, ingredients or preservatives added.
Ingredients: Granulated garlic, minced garlic, spices.
Allergen Info: Some ingredients packaged on equipment that also packages peanuts and tree nuts.