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Citrus Marinated Olives

Last weekend, we threw a Tapas Party for a few friends. They might think it was because we wanted to see them. In reality, we just wanted an excuse to cook good food. Over the next few posts, we'll talk about all the tapas we made. The biggest difficulty with throwing a Tapas party is coordination. We made around 7 tapas and they all needed to be ready around the same time for the party.

Our trick– make most of your dishes cold tapas. That way, you can prepare them at any point during the day and then just bring it up to room temperature before the guests arrive. Our first cold tapa was a staple, but the recipe we found had a nice twist. We made Citrus Marinated Olives starirng orange and lemon.

The recipe is nice and simple, but yields wonderful flavors  and a great dish to nibble on. Make sure you start out with good olives though. Many of the fancier grocery stores will have olive bars where you can get a variety of olives. We went with some great looking kalamata and green olives.

Start off by chopping up some fresh green onions.

Put the olives into a large bowl and  then throw in the green onions.

Grate one orange and one lemon into the bowl and sprinkle in a pinch of cinammon.

In another bowl, whisk together 5 tablespoons of white wine vinegar,  5 tablespoons of Spanish olive oil, the juice of the grated orange, and a handful of fresh cut parsley. Pour the mixture over the olives and then seal the bowl and toss, shake, and whirl it around crazy. Let it sit in the fridge and then let it sit out at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

Citrus Marinated Olives

  • 16oz of various olives
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Green onion
  • Pinch of cinnammon
  • 5 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 5 tbsp Spanish olive oil
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  1. Pour olives, grated orange and grated lemon, chopped green onions, and cinnamon into bowl
  2. Whisk vinergar, olive oil, juice from the orange, and parsley
  3. Combine mixture into bowl and toss with olives

The party turned out great, and we all got to enjoy a few margaritas! As you'll see with our drink choice and in the next few posts, we might have added a bit of a Texan twist to our Tapas night.