Homemade Olive Tapenade

29 Jun

Olive tapenade is a very popular dish, especially in the south of France, and usually as an appetizer.  The main ingredient is olives, but interestingly the word “tapenade” is from the Provencal word for capers, tapenas.  Here is an easy, easy recipe for olive tapenade:

20 Kalamata olives, pitted, finely chopped

1 T capers, rinsed, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 t good olive oil (or just enough to make the mixture a pasty texture)

1 t lemon juice

Fresh cracked black pepper

(Feel free to try different recipes by adding small amounts of things like anchovies, brandy, Herbs de Provence, etc)

Mix all ingredients well.  You can actually grab your mortar and pestle for this one if you’d like.  Use as a spread on crostini or sandwiches, or just eat with plain bread.


The Grilled Atheist


Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Cooking, Recipes


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2 responses to “Homemade Olive Tapenade

  1. sybaritica

    July 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Interesting about the word origin… I may actually try that recipe with capers!

    • mcadamsdj

      July 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Do. It’s awesome. Thanks for the comment!


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