With just a few days till New Years Eve, you may be pondering what to serve guest or take to a party, well I’ve got an appetizer with a Mediterranean feel that is fast, super delicious and very inexpensive to make.
This is probably one of the easiest appetizers one can learn to make a day or two in advance, using amazing ingredients that pack great flavors, and is better than a jar of processed dip.
15 oz can of pitted black olives, if you can substitute the black olives for Kalamata olives instead 15 oz of pitted green olives 2 red bell peppers, roasted and peeled 1 bulb garlic roasted, and garlic removed 1 Tbsp capers 2 tsp crushed red peppers flakes 2-4 Tbsp of classic or extra virgin olive oil Salt to taste
Wash red bell peppers and place on sheet tray, slice whole bulb of garlic in half and place on same sheet tray and roast.
Drain olives well and add to food processor or high-speed blender.
Add capers and red pepper flakes.
Once red peppers and garlic have roasted and cooled, peel peppers and add to food processor, along with garlic.
Pulse five times, then remove lid and using a rubber spatula scrap down the sides and pulse another five times, and scrape sides.
Turn processor on and pour slowly about two tablespoons of the olive oil into the top opening. Stop and check for desired consistency, if you like your tapenade thick and chunky than salt to taste, if you want a smoother texture add more olive oil repeating last steps. Again salt to taste, as the olives and capers contain fairly large amounts of sodium.
Remove and serve with warm pita chips, a nice crusty baguette, or water crackers.
Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill.
Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers.
After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us.
Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.