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Hailing from the south of France (Provençe, to be precise), tapenade is a delightful olive paste made with olives, capers, and olive oil.
You’ll often find tapenade (pronounced top-in-odd) served as an appetizer at parties, but it deserves a place in your everyday kitchen as well.
Bursting with flavor, tapenade is delicious served over crostini, focaccia, or crackers. Or, why not think outside the box and toss a little in a batch of spaghetti or spread a spoonful on your next serving of avocado toast?
Thin tapenade with extra olive oil to make a dipping sauce, much like this one (only with lots of olives!).
About The Ingredients In Real Food Tapenade
Olives are the base of tapenade. Use all black, all green, or a mix of your favorite olives. The higher the quality, the better your tapenade will taste.
Tapenade actually comes from the Provençal word for capers, so capers are an important part of this dish. The sharp, salty taste of capers lends a lot of flavor to tapenade. Our recipe uses only 1-1/2 tablespoons of capers, but feel free to include more (or fewer) according to your taste.
Add extra zing and visual interest to tapenade. Omit if desired.
Tapenade would not be tapenade without garlic. And, the 2 cloves used in our recipe is fairly conservative, so increase the amount if you love the flavor of garlic.
(This is a tasty way to get some of the health benefits of raw garlic into your life!)
Anchovy paste is convenient, but feel free to mash one anchovy filet in its place. Anchovies may seem weird, but they truly do add a depth of flavor that’s hard to replace.
The quality of olive oil used in tapenade is of extreme importance, not just for its health implications, but also for taste.
The olive oil industry is so corrupt that it’s difficult to know if bottles labeled “olive oil” contain any olive oil at all. Be sure to buy from a reputable source.
The rich, deep flavor of Wildly Organic’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect for tapenade and is produced in an ethically transparent manner.
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The following recipe makes a delicious olive tapenade, but don’t feel confined by the suggested amounts, play with the ratios of olive, garlic, capers, and sundried tomatoes to make it your own.