Italian marinated olives are an easy party appetizer of mixed olives, citrus, and herbs which takes only a few minutes to put together.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 5minutes
Total Time 15minutes
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon
1cupextra virgin olive oil
5-6strips citrus peel,lemon and orange
2tspgrated orange zest
1tspcumin seed,lightly crushed
1tbspfresh chopped rosemary
1tbspfresh chopped thyme
1tspcrushed red pepper,optional
3cupsmixed olives,black and green, unpitted
In a medium saucepan, gently heat the olive oil and garlic until it is quite warm, about 2 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the olives and warm it over very low heat for 3 minutes more. Take the pan off the heat, add the olives, and stir to combine.
Transfer the olives to a sealed container and let them marinate for at 2 days and up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
If you prefer pitted olives, you can use them. However, you'll have the best flavor using olives which have not been pitted.I used a mix of kalamata, nicoise, picholine, and castelvetrano olives. See what is available at your market and try for a variety of sizes and flavors.