Festive Party Olives are a great addition to any kind of gathering. Make them for a quick and easy holiday appetizer or casual, everyday snacking or entertaining. An awesome addition to a cheese board, Festive Party Olives are a fun party snack with little fuss and so perfect with a cold beverage.
I was eating dinner on the patio with friends on a balmy evening in New Orleans when someone asked where I grew up and if I could sing the official state song.
It’s not every day one is asked to sing “Home Means Nevada” in public, and I figured this random request was pretty tame for New Orleans, so I was game.
This wasn’t about my singing skills as much as a dare—a sort of test if I could remember the words from back in the fourth grade.
I remember feeling so proud when the kids in our little classroom sang it extra loud every Monday morning while our teacher Mrs. Schultz smiled and nodded approvingly.
My sloppy version that night in New Orleans was met with wild approval and clapping, even a loud “woot woot.”
Thankfully, hardly anyone else was in the restaurant.
My singing voice is really, really terrible, but apparently this is what makes it fun for those lucky enough to experience it 🙂
TELL US HOW TO MAKE FESTIVE PARTY OLIVES!
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 in a simple way, don’t you think?
WHAT ARE THE KEY INGREDIENTS IN FESTIVE PARTY OLIVES?
This is totally a trick question 🙂
- Small Manzanella and Kalamata olives, pits removed
- Freshly minced garlic
- Good quality olive oil and red wine vinegar
- Fresh orange zest
- Minced shallots
- Fresh thyme and other seasonings
There’s nothing more to this than tossing the ingredients together and letting them marinate for a bit before serving with ice cold glasses of whatever you’d like to drink.
Some salted cashews might be nice.
Don’t forget the thick-cut salted potato chips served in little silver bowls.
You can make this ahead of time too! Just bring the mixture to room temperature before serving.
THANKS FOR PINNING THIS RECIPE!
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