Garlic Olive Spread (Olivada)

    5 minutes

    This is a classic Mediterranean olive spread often served as a tapa on good crusty bread. It's similar to tapanade but a little simpler.

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    Serves: 14 

    • 750g whole, pitted Kalamata olives
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic

    Preparation:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. Place olives and garlic in an blender. Add olive oil in a stream while puréeing. Process until mixture becomes a thick, but not too smooth paste.

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    Used different ingredients. I always have an empty dish to bring home from dinner party when I bring this along. I like to throw in abit of oregano (dried/fresh - whatever you have on hand) along with a handful of diced sun dried tomatoes. I have used a combination of olives as well - and it turned out great. Make sure that you rinse your olives first tho' - it cuts down a bit on the saltiness of the brine that they are stored in.  -  08 Oct 2008


    Used different ingredients. For a twist, I added a little Dijon mustard.  -  08 Oct 2008


    guests loved it  -  08 Oct 2008