Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Little Zing for Your Holiday Meals--Spicy Marinated Olives

Now that the tree is up and most of the gifts wrapped and underneath, my thoughts and plans can turn to the foods of the season.  I, of course, like to get as much out of the way as early as possible.  Some foods are better if left to stand for awhile.  These olives benefit from at least a week of marinating before being consumed.  They're also good for at least two months in the refrigerator--or, so I've heard.  Around here they don't last nearly so long.  I like to use a variety of olives and find that most grocery stores now offer an olive bar.  If not, just use your favorite jarred olives.  They, too, benefit from a little zing.

I shared this recipe with you last December.  However, if you happen to be one of the few who don't copy and carefully save every recipe I share, here it is again!!


Marinated Olives

2 cups olives, mixed


1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
3/4 cup good olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes or to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1.  Place the olives and the lemon slices in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

2.  In a small saucepan over low to medium heat, combine the olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes and black pepper.  Bring just to a slight simmer.  Pour over the olives.  They should be covered so add enough more oil to do so.

3.  Cover and let stand at room temperature for four hours.  Then refrigerate for at least two days up to two months.

4.  Serve at room temperature

25 comments:

  1. Over the last couple of years, I have discovered how lovely a bowl of marinated olives is added to the holiday spread.
    I am glad that you reposted your recipe.

    Merry Christmas.

    Velva

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  2. yumm, i love olives.. and these are pretty too. I like the ornament in your header.

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  3. Well, my tree is up but I haven't done my shopping yet. Sigh. These olives sound like a wonderful addition to a holiday buffet- AND they look really easy to make, which is a real plus in this busy season! :)

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  4. Yummy... I think I like your better than mine. Great gifts.. Merry Christmas to you and your family...

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  5. this is lovely, I would love to give this a go.

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  6. Interesting, I have did not know one could use jarred olives, this is something to try.

    Why are jarred olives so salty? I know where I can get some olives at a deli so I may get those. They are less salty.

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  7. Morning Bonnie! My Mom would love those!!!

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  8. I love the way these look and sound, Bonnie... I just wish I liked olives. Evan would LOVE this one! blessings ~ tanna

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  9. I may have to try this! Phil and our DIL both love anything pickled and olives, so this would be perfect! Now I need to find a jar!

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  10. Yum.

    Funny odd, just a couple of hours eating at my mother's dining hall, I consumed the largest stuffed green olives I've ever seen in my life!

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  11. We enjoy marinated olives here..so thanks for a new version!

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  12. Olives are such tasty little nibbles. Your marinated olives sound delicious! Love the zip in them.

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  13. Love olives and your marinade will definitely take them over the top!!

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  14. I missed this one last year...yum...olives!

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  15. Your olives would be wonderful on an appetizer tray. Glad your repeated it for this season, Bonnie.

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  16. Just thinking about olives makes my mouth water!

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  17. I love the photo of the green olives and yellow lemon slices. The flavors and photo are making my mouth water.

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  18. These sound wonderful and they are perfect to have on hand at this time of year. I'm delighted you reposted the recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  19. olives are my absolute favorite food i think--spicy is even better! perfect for a bloody mary brunch!

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  20. I love olives and my husband loves marinated olives so this is perfect for us! Awesome recipe!

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  21. Hi Bonnie, can you please pass some olivies, they look delish!

    Thank you for visiting with me and for your kind words. I really do miss my girl so your love and support really do mean the world to me.

    Have a Merry Christmas, I'll have some fun catching up on your posts.

    Love, Bonnie

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  22. Your recipe sounds good. I love to marinate olives and herbs in warm oil along with almonds right before serving.

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  23. This sounds good and I would think that it would be *especially* good with jarred olives.

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  24. These would be a perfect gift for my olive loving husband! Thank you for the great gift idea :-)

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