07 June 2010

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Alpine, Texas is a tough place to own a restaurant. They seem to be going in and out of business all the time. Unfortunately, one of the most recent closures was our landladies' restaurant "The Gulf Station Cafe." It was a cute little place on the railroad tracks that tried to serve healthy, yummy food to a clientele which prefers large quantities of less-than-healthy fare. Anyways, one of the unforeseen benefits of the restaurant closing has been that we have received an interesting assortment of extra food. We had a large bag of whole cranberries which I made into a cranberry coffee cake a few weeks ago, a large block of feta cheese which is hanging out in our freezer awaiting inspiration, and lastly a bunch of kalamata olives. When life gives you olives, make olive paste- right? If it is ever raining olives in your neck of the woods, give this recipe a try. It is down-right delicious!

Tapenade (Adapted from Epicurious)
1 3/4 c kalamata olives
3 T + 1/4 c toasted, chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1/4 c olive oil
2 t dijon mustard
1 garlic clove (I used 3 or so)
1 t fresh thyme
1 t fresh oregano
1 t fresh sage (my plant just died, so I skipped this)
Pinch of cayenne

- Pulse olives and 3 T of toasted nuts in food processor.
- Add oil, mustard, garlic, and spices. Pulse to mix.
- Stir in remaining 1/4 c chopped nuts.
- Chill until ready to serve. Serve with sliced bread, cheese (sharp cheddar or a nice blue cheese give a great counter-flavor) and an assortment of veggie adornments such as cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves or whatever creative stuff you pull out of your garden or fridge.


LaLaLaLeah said...

Yum! This looks so delicious! My mouth is watering... I love incorporating olive tapenade into my sandwich creations.

laurel said...

Mmmmm... I think you should open a restaurant in Alpine!

Nisa said...

yummers cici! and thanks so much for sharing with us!

diane said...

Great one, Ciel! I think I'll make this for the weekend...ALWAYS have lots of kalamatas around.