Marinated Olives with Citrus and Garlic, an easy app to ride out the holidays

November 13, 2015

Marinated Olives with Citrus and Garlic / JillHough.com An easy appetizer to ride out the holidays
Here’s what I was thinking recently as I visited the Seka Hills Olive Oil tasting room—

Olives. Perfect!

As I watched the just-harvested fruit being fed into a hopper, onto a conveyor belt, and into a series of machines that would wash it, mash it in to a paste, and centrifuge it into delicious, fruity, golden oil—they were right in the middle of harvest, and even though I intellectually knew the process, it was quite another thing to see it with my own eyes!—I thought, marinated olives are an ideal app for the holidays! Mix up a batch once or twice between now and the end of the year, and a festive, nummy nibble for any occasion is handled.

Tra la!

(Apologies to Seka Hills. The fact that I left thinking about olives is no reflection on the deliciousness of their olive oils.)

(I should also add, I recommend a visit there. The Seka Hills Olive Oil tasting room is a lovely spot nestled amidst the charming Capay Valley. You can taste oils, wines, and honey, stroll their gift shop, and purchase Italian-esque deli salads and sandwiches to enjoy on the patio. It was nice there.)

Marinated Olives with Citrus and Garlic / JillHough.com An easy appetizer to ride out the holidays

Sure, you can buy olives and arrange them in a pretty bowl, and they’d be more than fine for guests to munch on while you’re putting the finishing touches on the turkey. But Marinated Olives with Citrus and Garlic take only a few minutes more, you can make them days in advance, and you’ll end up with something prettier, tastier, and with a homemade spin your guests will appreciate.

Then do it again for Christmas. And New Year’s.

I’ve yet to figure out a magic formula that’ll make the holidays 100% simple and satisfying. But I know one thing that’ll help.

Olives.

Marinated Olives with Citrus and Garlic / JillHough.com An easy appetizer to ride out the holidays


10 thoughts on “Marinated Olives with Citrus and Garlic, an easy app to ride out the holidays

  1. Jill Post author

    Sometimes they’re great right out of the jar or can, aren’t they, Julie??? But this recipe really only takes about 10 minutes–and is appropriate for company AND snacking :)

  2. Jill Post author

    Thanks for stopping by to say so, Lauren, and for the compliments :) This is a great way to dress those olive bar olives up a bit. And I hear you re: Christmas gifts–don’t tell my dad, but there’ll be some marinated olives in his stocking this year!

  3. Jill Post author

    Seka Hills olives oils are delicious, aren’t they, Katie? I liked their honey, too. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any wine that day–guess I’ll have to go again!

  4. Stephanie Holden

    I want to make these, but can you use regular canned olives or where would I find brimmed cured olive?

  5. Jill Post author

    Thanks for asking, Stephanie! The short answer is no—canned olives aren’t brined. They’re typically stored in a water bath, which makes for a more mild olive flavor. (A brine is a salt solution, so it makes for saltier olives.) The longer answer is that you could absolutely make this recipe using canned olives, but jarred olives or olives from an olive bar will be a little more flavorful, have a little more pizzazz. They’ll also be more ideal from a food and wine pairing perspective, should you be interested in that.

    Thanks again for the question, and I hope you’re well!

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