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Garlic Olive Spread (Olivada)

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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.

Katie Floyd

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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Reviews (5)


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


You can also add other varieties of olives to this recipe with success. - 08 Oct 2008

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