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Italian marinated olives are an easy party appetizer of mixed olives, citrus, and herbs which takes only a few minutes to put together. | justalittlebitofbacon.com
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Italian Marinated Olives with Citrus and Herbs

Italian marinated olives are an easy party appetizer of mixed olives, citrus, and herbs which takes only a few minutes to put together.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 1000kcal
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 5-6 strips citrus peel, lemon and orange
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper, optional
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 3 cups mixed olives, black and green, unpitted

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 1000kcal