It’s tricky business when you have guests for dinner. I usually gear my meal to be ready half an hour after the designated arrival time. But there’s the rub. Sometimes people are late, or worse, early. They’re hungry, but you don’t want them to fill up on weighty appetizers.
I’ve recently discovered tapenade, a spread consisting of olives, capers and olive oil. (Carnivores will add anchovies, too.) It’s just enough to keep the hunger pangs at bay, but doesn’t ruin your appetite.
I’ve found that a hearty white bread, such as a French baguette or Italian loaf perfectly complements the saltiness of the spread.
Naturally, I make my own baguette (for my recipe click on French Bread Baguette – it’s très simple). But, of course, you can purchase it.
Tapenade is made in a flash via the food processor (hopefully, you have one!).
TAPANADE – makes about 2 cups
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, raw
- 1½ cups Kalamata olives, pitted
- 1/2 cup salt cured green olives, pitted
- 3 T capers
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Put pine nuts in food processor and whirl until they form a paste. Pulse in olives, capers, garlic, and mustard.
Pour olive mixture into a bowl and stir in the olive oil. (Don’t be tempted to pour the oil in the food processor with the other ingredients – it will emulsify.)
Serve with white bread.