Thursday, December 2, 2010

Marinated Spanish Olives

I made these olives today to serve as part of an appetizer course for tomorrow evening. I tasted them after only about 4 1/2 hours of marinating, and they are fantastic! I imagine that they will only get better as they marinate longer.
These are great little nibbles that take minutes to put together and can be made ahead of time. Keep them in mind if you are going to be doing any entertaining this holiday season (or any other time).

Marinated Spanish Olives
Cooking Light, September 2002

You can make and refrigerate this dish up to a week ahead; the flavors improve as the olives marinate. Use a mortar and pestle, meat mallet, or rolling pin to crush the coriander seeds and the rosemary.

24 large unpitted Spanish olives
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (I used red wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Fresh rosemary sprigs, optional

Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours. Serve at room temperature. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

6 servings (serving size:4 olives)

Per serving: 49 Calories, 3.6g fat, 0.2g protein, 3.1g carb, 0.2g fiber, 0mg chol, 0.4 mg iron, 322mg sodium, 13 calc.

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