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Green Olive & Almond Tapenade

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Yields 3 cups

  • by Georgeanne Brennan from Fine Cooking
    Issue 30

The saltiness of your olives will determine how many anchovies you use. For best results, make the recipe in the following amount, making additional batches if you want larger quantities. It will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

  • 4 cups unpitted green, Mediterranean-style olives
  • 4 to 6 whole salt-packed anchovies (or 10 to 12 oil-cured anchovy fillets)
  • 1/4 lb. (about 1 cup) slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. capers, drained
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Pit the olives with a knife; set aside. If using salt-packed anchovies, wash the ­anchovies in several changes of ­water. Separate the fillets by running a knife or your finger along the backbone; remove any large bones. Put the ­pitted olives, anchovies, almonds, garlic, capers, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor; process until a coarse paste forms.

It makes a tangy topping for savory tarts and pizza and is delicious tossed with pasta along with a little olive oil and some fresh goat cheese. Brennan also tucks this tapenade under the skin of a chicken breast as a flavor booster.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per Tbs.; Calories (kcal): 50; Fat (g): 5; Fat Calories (kcal): 45; Saturated Fat (g): 0.5; Protein (g): 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Carbohydrates (g): 1; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): 135; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Have made the Green Olive Tapenade many times. Love it. Use for salad dressings, sauteing, pasta sauce, etc.

I have made this recipe over and over again. It is terrific. I use it in pasta, on sandwiches and even mix it into pasta sauce.

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