I have noticed that many restaurants have started adding marinated olives to their appetizers menus and I love it! Sometimes, I would want to order a martini just for the olives.
Who am I kidding?
I would order the martini anyway! The olives are just a bonus.
I love olives! All kinds, well, except those sliced black ones that come on mexican food. Bleh. I don’t like those.
But all the other kinds are fabulous! When you add seasoning, cheese, nuts etc. They just get better.
So, I thought, why not make some at home. Would be a great additive to any Christmas gathering you may have this season.
Marinated Olive and Almonds
(adapted from Southern Living)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons grapefruit zest
2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups pitted and drained green and black olives
1 1/2 cups roasted salted almonds
1. Stir together first 10 ingredients in a large bowl. Add olives; toss with marinade to coat. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
2. Remove and discard crushed garlic cloves, and stir in roasted almonds just before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Simple as that!