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Marinated Olives, a Great Addition To Your Party

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 16, 2011 - 3:01 am (442 views — 398 words)

Marinating olives is one way of adding more flavors to this wonderful fruit. Olives already go through a marinating process while they are being cured, but chefs have found out that letting it go through one more phase of marinating takes olives to a whole new level. Marinated olives are a staple item in any Italian restaurant. Greeks, Spanish and the French also use this dish a lot because olives are mainly produced in these areas. Nonetheless, marinated olives have grown to be accepted in other countries.

The following is a marinated olives recipe that will surely be enjoyed by friends and family. This dish can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, but you will need to make it in advance since it requires at least 2 days of marinating.

Here are the items you will need:

2 cups of olives, you can use black or green as long as they are cured. But if you can get olives such as Kalamata,

Nicoise or Manzanilla, it will be best to use them.

Half a cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup of lemon juice, freshly squeezed if possible

1 tablespoon of the zest of lemon (lightly grate the outer skin of the lemon, making sure that you don't include the white rind for this has a bitter taste)

2 tablespoons of freshly minced garlic

2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of dried pepper flakes

Around half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

In a large mixing bowl, add the ingredients, leaving out the olives and mix to a fine consistency. It will take time for the olive oil to emulsify with the lemon juice so make sure you give it a good mix until you come up with a good consistency. Add the olives to the mixing bowl and give it a gentle toss (just enough to coat the olives in the marinade), then cover with plastic wrap. Let the marinated olives stay in the refrigerator for at least two days, stirring occasionally. After marinating the olives, bring it out and serve at room temperature for a more flavorful experience. You can store this indefinitely as long as you keep it in a tightly sealed jar inside the refrigerator. Serve with cheese, cold cuts or just bread. Your guests will surely love this dish and will be asking you for the recipe.