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What is it?

Tapenade is a salty, assertive condiment from the South of France. Its main ingredients are olives, capers, anchovies, olive oil, and lemon juice; additional flavorings, such as tuna, thyme, bay leaf, and brandy, vary by region. The word tapenade derives from tapéno, the Provençal word for caper, which used to be the main ingredient. These days, olives predominate.

Tapenade is usually spread on toasted bread as an appetizer, but it’s also a good topping for grilled meats, chicken, and fish.

Don’t have it?

Good store-bought tapenades are often available in gourmet and specialty markets or even well-stocked supermarkets. If you can’t find it, it’s easy to make your own and the ingredients are readily available.

How to prep:

Get the recipe for homemade tapenade.


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