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How to Make Marinated Black Olives

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 16, 2011 - 3:01 am (540 views — 384 words)

Marinated black olives are a great way to enjoy this delectable fruit. Marinating olives takes olives up a notch which is why it is a dish that make guests keep coming back for more. If done properly it will be a dish worthy enough for an antipasto straight from a trattoria in Italy. For you to have great tasting marinated black olives, it is a must that you get a good recipe. The key is to find the right balance of acidity and saltiness, complimented with a variety of herbs for added flavor.

Most marinated black olives have the following items: garlic, thyme, rosemary and pepper, but there are those who add more ingredients for a fuller flavor. There are those who include lime or chili for more character. The secret to marinated black olives is to keep it marinated for at least 2 days for all the flavors to marry and come as one. This is done to make sure all flavors are absorbed by the olives. Regardless of the ingredients used, marinated black olives are considered pleasing to almost anyone.

Here is a quick and easy recipe of marinated black olives that will surely impress your guests. The following are the ingredients that you will have to prepare:

16 ounces of pitted Kalamata Olives.

A half teaspoon of fennel leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

A half teaspoon of rosemary (dried)

1/4 cup of white vinegar

A fourth of a cup of olive oil

2 dried bay leaves

First, drain the olives of its brine and wash with running water. Clean jars with running water as well, you will be using the same jars for marinating. Put together all ingredients, except the olives, in a mixing bowl and mix well. When all ingredients are emulsified, add the olives and toss until the olives are fully-coated. Transfer the mixture to the two jars making sure that each jar gets a bay leaf and equal amounts of the liquid mixture. Fill the jar up with cool water, seal and shake well. Leave the olives to marinate in the refrigerator for at least two days before serving. Complete the dish with some cheese and crackers and you're good to go. Serve this in your next party and it will be a dish your guests won't forget.