This Olive Tapenade has four ingredients and is ready in less than five minutes. Perfect for a quick appetizer or part of a light lunch.
By now, you might have guessed that I love to cook for a crowd. But that doesn’t mean that I want to miss out on all the fun when the guests arrive. Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated regardless of how many people you have sitting at your table. If I am making dinner for a special holiday or just having friends over, I usually plan to spend most of my energy on the main dish and keep the sides simple. Having something for everyone to nosh on while dinner is cooking is also pretty important. This Olive Tapenade has four ingredients and is ready in less than five minutes.
I have always loved Olive Tapenade but until about 10 years ago, had always eaten it pureed. When a dear family friend whipped this up while we were sharing a bottle of wine in her kitchen, I completely feel in love. The briny olives and capers are so good on toasted baguettes. The texture is much more pleasing to me that pureed tapenade. And we love to serve it with a mild, creamy, spreadable cheese like goat cheese. A little tapenade… a little bite with cheese… a little crusty bread. Pass the wine and you might not even need dinner.
Perhaps I love this so much because of what I represented to me at the time – and what it represents to me now. I love it when instead of being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else mingles, I pile the appetizers on the island in my kitchen and everyone sits in the old, gigantic, overstuffed chairs that are in my kitchen instead of a breakfast table.
Cooking the meal together becomes part of the experience. Guests are assigned duties like mincing the olives, chopping the parsley or passing me some wine. It is wonderful how freely the conversation flows and how comfortable everyone becomes when you give them something to do. And that is what we all really want when we invite guests into our home. A chance to connect and talk.
This week the Sunday Supper family is celebrating Labor Day with No Labor Recipes. Enjoy the collection of recipes designed to get your back around your family table!
Savory Snacks and Sides:
- Acorn Squash, Black Bean and Spinach Quesadillas by Our Good Life
- Copy Cat: Momma’s Nachos by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Cream Cheese and Peach Chutney Pastry Cups by Soni’s Food
- Easy Peasy Cole Slaw by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Fruit & Cheese Platter by The Freshman Cook
- Olive Tapenade by Whole Food | Real Families
- Semi-Homemade Baked Beans by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Smoked Salmon Spread with Sourdough Baguette by A Gouda Life
Labor Free Main Dishes:
- Ace of Clubs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Easy and Tasty Filet Mignon on the Grill by Family Foodie
- Easy Baked Spaghetti for a Crowd by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Greek Salad Endive Boats by Casa de Crews
- Grilled Butternut Squash, Zucchini and Steak with Chimichurri Sauce by Caroline’s Cooking
- Pesto Chicken with Fennel & Tomato Couscous by Books n’ Cooks
- Simple Cheese Enchiladas by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Simple Grilled Rosemary Shrimp by Nosh My Way
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Mustard Barbecue Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes by Food Done Light
- Spicy Thai Noodles by Momma’s Meals
Sweet Treats and Drinks:
- Apple Spice Dump Cake by Palatable Pastime
- Blender Chocolate Mousse by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles by What Smells So Good?
- Coconut Martini by Desserts Required
- Creamy Coconut Popsicles by Food Lust People Love
- Eiskaffee by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Healthy Grab’n’Go Breakfast Muffins by Happy Baking Days
- Mango Salad with Crystallized Ginger by MealDiva
- Mini Pavlovas by Curious Cuisiniere
- One Step Vanilla Sauce by Magnolia Days
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars by Pies and Plots
Labor Free Labor Day:
- 10 Store-Bought Cooking Shortcuts by Sunday Supper Movement
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- 2 10 oz jars Kalamata Olives pitted
- 1 3.5 oz jar capers
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- Mince olives with a large knife, add whole capers and olive oil. Taste tapenade. Add Kosher salt based on your preference. (Taste the tapenade first because the saltiness of the olives can vary widely.)
- Serve with toasted bread and a soft mild cheese, like goat cheese. It is delicious with the briny olives!