Festive Party Olives make a great and easy appetizer that is a cinch to put together and looks great on the holiday appetizer table too. This is a handy olive recipe to have around for everyday snacking and easy entertaining, and is especially wonderful on a cheese board.
Festive Party Olives
With the holidays looming large in front of us, it’s not too early to be thinking of party appetizers that are easy to put together and look amazing on the table.
These Festive Party Olives are:
Quick – With so many other elaborate recipes to worry about, we need a few quick ideas in our back pocket at all times.
Easy – Guys, this one is super easy, we’re talking 15 minutes or less.
Key Ingredients for Festive Party Olives
- Green and kalamata olives: Be sure to get them with the pits removed, and experiment with other olives too!
- Pepper flakes and fresh thyme: You’ll also need a pinch of dried oregano and a bay leaf to season the olives.
- Red wine vinegar and olive oil: The perfect marinade and flavor combo.
- Fresh orange zest and diced shallots: This is where the magic happens, people.
How to Make this Recipe
These easy olives are right up there in the flavor department, but the best part is they are easy and quick to make, and look great every time.
Here’s what you do:
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
- Cover and let the ingredients marinate for several hours
- Spoon the olives into a pretty serving dish with some toothpicks alongside
As we roll into the holidays, I’m always on the lookout for easy stuff that looks and tastes fabulous.
Festive Party Olives work every single time and are straight-up cocktail hour food.
These are the perfect little nibble and look kinda classy and simple, don’t you think?
How to Serve Festive Party Olives
Pretty bowl: I love to serve these in a white bowl so you can see all the stuff happening – a small spoon and toothpicks are good to have alongside too.
Beverages: An ice cold martini or beer would be nice, or this Tuscan Fresco Mocktail
Snacks: Definitely some thick, best quality potato chips are in order, served in little silver bowls. I always put out a bowl of cashews too.
You can make this ahead of time too! Just bring the mixture to room temperature before serving.
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FESTIVE PARTY OLIVES
- 1 1/2 cups green olives, pits removed
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons shallots, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons thyme, fresh and minced
- 2 teaspoons orange zest, freshly grated
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano, dried
- 1 bay leaf
- ground pepper, freshly ground
- ASSEMBLE THE INGREDIENTS
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowlCover with plastic wrap, and set aside to marinate at room temperature for several hours to allow the flavors to meld together. Stir the mixture occasionally and carefully with a large spoon. FOR SERVING: Spoon the olives in a serving dish alongside toothpicks or a small spoon.
- Store in the fridge, the olives will keep for several weeks. Stir the olives each time before serving.
Source: Studio Delicious, loosely adapted from Hay Day Country Market Cookbook