Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Homemade Tapenade

When I wrote about my homemade tapenade on Sunday, there was a little bit of buzzing about it in the comment section. So I thought I'd post about it today and share my "recipe" (I really just throw it together).

You have to have a food processor for this. A blender might work? But I'm not sure. A food processor really is the best way. I've made this twice now and adjusted it slightly the second time--it was just perfect.

1/2 cup green olives
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup walnuts
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
Freshly ground pepper
Olive oil

Put the olives in a colander and give them a quick rinse. This will cut back on a little bit of the saltiness--it will still be plenty salty though, don't worry! Add all of the ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor and pulse until combined. Drizzle in the olive oil while the machine is running, scraping it down once or twice, until desired consistency is reached. This is meant to be a dip, so don't make it too runny! Serve with crackers or thinly sliced bread. 

You could substitute pine nuts for the walnuts, or use a different kind of oil (grapeseed oil might be nice). You could skip the garlic or add more of it, and you could experiment with different kinds of olives. I imagine stirring in crumbled feta at the very end would be delicious too. You should have fun with this and experiment away!


  1. WARNING! Incredibly addictive.

  2. Just a fancy name for olive spread! If you like olives you'll love it :)

  3. Good thing I married a man with taste :)

  4. And here we are with the moment of truth... I have never eaten a whole olive. Ever. Just tiny pieces in Mexican dip. Is that pathetic or what? It's been on my list to try, though, and anything salty with garlic gets my stamp of approval!

  5. kayleigh maryonMay 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    That sounds delicious. Will have to try it. Stopping by from the challenge.
    Kayleigh http://thewayiwanderlust.blogspot.com

  6. Now's the time, friend :) Let me know how you like them!

  7. I made it tonight. Delicious!!!

  8. it's funny - I think that maybe it has to do with how you grew up? you know, what your mother used and what you as a family ate. but I would never buy a blender unless I had money to burn and counter/cabinet space to spare. a food processor, on the other hand, is ESSENTIAL!

  9. Thanks for stopping by Kayleigh!

  10. That's interesting Betsy, I think you're right! My mom always had her food processor on the countertop and used it all the time. We had a blender but it was stored away and we almost never used it! We registered for a really good food processor but didn't even bother registering for a blender (we bought an inexpensive one ourselves for smoothies). Great point!


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