Thursday, January 1, 2009

Recipe: My Tapenade

Tapenade is a spread that consists mainly of olives. I like to add sundried tomatoes and feta cheese, among other things. Tapenade is great just as a snack by spreading it on crackers or toast. But it is also good on sandwiches like paninis or burgers. It is pretty hard to mess up tapenade. I don't really measure anything, just throw it all in the food processer. Most grocery stores now have those olive bars and I just fill a small container with kalamata and green olives. This is a great dish to have as an opening act while guests are arriving for a party.

Olive and Sundried Tomato Tapenade
a combination of kalamata and giant green olives, roughly chopped
sundried tomatoes in oil - about 8, roughly chopped
capers - 1 Tbsp.
feta cheese (about a 1/4 cup)
juice of half a lemon
1-2 garlic cloves
handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley
crackers or toast

Place all the ingredients in the food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pour a little bit of the sundried tomato oil in as well. Blend until the ingredients turn into a smooth, spread. Add more oil if needed. Spread on crackers and enjoy!

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