Marinated Party Olives

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It’s not hard to throw this party appetizer together in a hurry, using purchased olives from your grocery’s deli section, and some common spices and citrus. Serve these up with any assortment of before-dinner snacks – they’ll fit in with just about any festive selection.

  • 2 cups assorted unpitted olives, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 thin orange slices
  • 3 thin lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary
  • Red-pepper flakes
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine olives, olive oil, orange slices, lemon slices, and fresh thyme. Season to taste with red-pepper flakes.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer olives, fruit, and herbs to a serving dish; reserve oil for another use.

To store, let cool and refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 1 week.


Photo: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

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