Herbed Olives


Hi everyone!

I love olives. I mean looove olives! I could just sit and eat a jar of them while watching tv. And I really love the gourmet olive blends you can find at olive bars in grocery stores or specialty shops.

recipe 134I took these pictures at our local Kroger store.

recipe 135I try to stay away from this section of the store! Why?

recipe 136That’s why! Now don’t get me wrong, I have had many lack of willpower moments. I am only human after all.

Today, we are going to make our own gourmet olives! Yum!

recipe 172 Here is my basic recipe. I do make different flavors with different added goodies. I will give you those ideas at the end of the post.

What you will need:

  • And airtight container
  • 2 Tbs Olive oil
  • 2 cups olives (your choice)
  • 1 Tbs fresh Rosemary (about 1/2 if using dried)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Oregano (1 Tbs if using dried)
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Lemon Zest

recipe 175recipe 174 In a bowl add olives and olive oil and mix. In a mortar (or bowl) add all the other ingredients and mash up. I add a little of the olive oil. You don’t need it to be completely paste like. You just want to bruise everything so the oils are released. Add to the olives and mix well. Refrigerate for one week. Of course, I have rarely let them sit that long. I just can’t help myself!

recipe 179 These would be so pretty in an old canning jar with a label and ribbon and given as a gift. I will be making gift baskets for the holidays and this is one of the things I plan to include.

recipe 180recipe 181With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, you can get good sales on olives. I used all fresh herbs from our garden plus garlic we just harvested. So, this is a very thrifty way to have gourmet olives. Way cheaper than the olive bar prices.

recipe 183 These are so nice to have when you have friends over. Create a little appetizer plate for everyone to nibble on.

recipe 187recipe 192  I created just a simple tray of treats.

recipe 190 Other things I add to  olives are:

Jalapenos

Lemon thyme

Pickled Cocktail onions

Marjoram

Roasted Red Peppers

Just go to your local olive bar and see what different things are added to all the olive combinations. Lots of fun ideas and tasty!

recipe 185

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27 comments :

  1. My stomach is growling. No lie. Those olives look absolutely yummy. Great post.

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  2. I love olives! Oh yes! Like you I can just eat them all the time. My Sara loves them also. What a great way to make gourmet olives and not pay those prices! My mouth is watering just looking at those pics! hugs, Linda

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  3. Oh my word! These look delicious ~ great ideas too. Thanks so much for sharing...and allowing a $$ savings.

    xo
    Pat

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  4. I love olives, too! Sounds like another great recipe I will be trying soon.

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  5. Thank You, my Grands will thank you on Thanksgiving when the table is set and there favorite OLIVES come out and meet them..NO, joke if I forget the OLIVES they will remind me..lol...As a family we introduce Olives to the babies at a young age by placing them on the ends of there tiny fingers to nibble on...
    ~~Big Hugs~~

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  6. Another olive lover here Diann!! Great post! I am trying this soon :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  7. I am an olive freak, always have been! Great ideas:@)

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  8. I love olives, too! This recipe sounds so yummy.

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  9. OMGosh! I LOOOVE olives too. I'm making these because at our Kroger olive bar, the price is $9.99 a lb. Needless to say, I don't buy them very often. Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. I lovvvvvvvvvve olives also. I am like you and could eat the entire jar/can and sometimes do. thanks for the tip. I will try. I am your new follower! Have a great evening. I am partying away.

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  11. Yum, yum! I love olives, too. The olive bar at the grocery store calls my name...and I finally gave in a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

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  12. I love olives, any and all kinds. I, too, try to stay away from that part of the grocery store.

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  13. Those look wonderful!! I love OLIVES!!

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  14. I am fond of olives too...maybe not as fond as you are, but fond.

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  15. Very creative idea for enhancing a favorite treat. I also like the tomato sticks. Is that cheese?

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  16. I also love olives and this is a great idea. I am definitely going to try making my own gourmet olives.

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  17. You are so creative to find a way to enjoy one of your favorite foods at a fraction of the price :)

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  18. I can smell those olives.

    Thank you.

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  19. They look delicious, I could nibble on those for some time!

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  20. I love olives too. I especially love stuffed green olives. I am so hungry right now after seeing this...lucky it's lunch time soon!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,
    Natasha.
    xo

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  21. I don't like olives at all, but I love those tomato-mozzarella sticks :)

    My weekend cooking is here:
    http://shelikesbento.blogspot.com/2011/10/weekend-cooking-just-tacos-by-shelley.html

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  22. I love olives and love serving them. This easy and delicious (and thrifty) recipe is going in my files.

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  23. I love olives marinated in white wine and stuffed with garlic...mmmmmmm!

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  24. Yum! Those look great. And you are right -- it easy to gussy up regular olives. Good reminder.

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  25. That looks so good! Thank you for joining the Home Sweet Home party!
    Sherry

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  26. Love olives! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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