Olives have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years, long before the canning industry, grocery stores, and martinis came into play.
But a few decades ago, your average American knew only a few varieties! Some were green, some were black and some were pitted. Simple!
Although the best ones were pimento-stuffed and that was that.
Yet olives are fantastically diverse and equally versatile, whether ground into spreads and tapenades, tossed into salads, simmered in stews and sauces, plopped into martinis, or eaten straight out of your hand.
Their sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent flavors are singularly complex, making them an essential tool in any home cooks arsenal.
Did you know there are no green olive trees! The color of an olive is an indication of its ripeness. Green olives ripen and become black olives.
Or rather, they transform from green to light brown, to a vibrant red and purple, to the deepest, darkest black. In general, the darker the olive, the riper it was when it was plucked from the tree.
Preserving our own olives gives you the chance to add whatever ingredients you choose.
Fancy a chilli kick in your preserve or a subtle lemon and lime hint of flavor, the world is your ‘olive’ (see what we did there)?!
When we tested this recipe, we found that most olives preserve well, we’re just LOVIN green olives at the moment and this recipe uses them in all their olive glory!
You’ll need a little patience to be able to tuck into your delicious preserved olives, but we guarantee it’ll be worth the wait.
Indy Chef tip: Be BRAVE and use your own choice of herbs in this recipe – make it unique and impress your family with your own preserved olives.
Can you think of anything better than arriving at a dinner party and being presented with a plate lined with succulent stuffed olives?
These easy stuffed olive recipes will leave you wanting to serve them at every opportunity. You will be throwing a dinner party just so you can show off your olive stuffing skills…..
The larger the olive, the easier the stuffing. We used queen Kalamata olives and they were delicious.
Indy Chef Tip: Experiment with the cheeses, we found a strong blue cheese tasted AWESOME.
The wonderful thing (amongst many) about olives is their size! Simply perfect for popping into your mouth.
You can even politely chew down on one whilst trying to hold a conversation – try it?!
Deep fried olives really were a revelation in the Indy Chef kitchen and we were simply blown away by just how lovely this recipe went down.
Indy Chef tip: They’re best served warm and are a perfect accompaniment to fresh fish too!
We could not leave out this humble, heady mix of Italian cooking at its best!
The first thing to remember is not to judge by appearance alone. While bruschetta, with its history spanning centuries of Tuscan tradition, may seem like just a slice of garnished bread.
Bruschetta it is actually one of the most flavorful, enjoyable dishes in the Italian repertoire. It’s beloved for its disarming and simple deliciousness, and its high-quality – but affordable – ingredients.
The history of the bruschetta dates back to the Etruscan age: while occupying the land between Rome and Tuscany, they began dressing the local, bread and baking slices in ovens.
Before placing it in the oven, tradition calls for brushing it with a clove of garlic and drizzling a bit of olive oil over each slice.
Farmers believe that the oil should be very young and recently pressed and that bruschetta is best accompanied by a glass of wine. As an old Italian proverb goes, “Day-old bread, month-old oil, and year-old wine”. Who are we to argue!
We’re sure you’ll LOVE this simple yet delicious recipe. Balissimo! Via finedininglovers.com
We cannot resist a recipe that promises a delicious freshly cooked bread, because let’s face it, who can resist the temptation of homemade bread?
The thought of smothering a warm piece of bread with locally sourced honey or freshly churned butter fills us with joy and bread GREED!
We adore HONEY in the Indy Chef kitchen and we’re always finding ways we can include it in our recipes.
Check out this super easy video recipe and get ready for the smell of fresh bread wafting around your home….
Olives really are versatile bundles of deliciousness. First of all they’re great for our health and their innate ability to be thrown into most recipes and still taste amazing make them a winner in our kitchen.
What will you do with yours??