Olive Tapenade

You're a blender whir away from a traditional French condiment. Delicious served on crackers or with raw veggies.

Yield

14 servings

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata or ripe olives
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons capers, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic
chopped red bell pepper, if desired
assorted crackers, if desired

Directions

Place all ingredients except bell pepper and crackers in food processor or blender. Cover and process, using quick on-and-off motions, until slightly coarse. Spoon into serving dish. Sprinkle with bell pepper. Serve with crackers.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 10 minutes

Additional Information

Tapenade comes from Provence in France and is a condiment made from capers, anchovies, ripe olives, olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings.

Capers are the flower buds of a shrub that grows around the Mediterranean. The buds are dried and then pickled in a vineger brine. Capers enliven sauces and are especially delicious with many fish and veal dishes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 60 (Calories from Fat 55), Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Trans Fat ncg), Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 170 mg; Total Carbohydrate 2 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars ncg), Protein 1 g; Exchanges: 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: nc

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