Kicked Up Olives

by lisa on May 1, 2012 · 15 comments

I love going to a gourmet or specialty grocery store and checking out the olive bar. There are so many types to choose from.  The thing I don’t care for is the price. They can run anywhere from $6.99 to $10.99 per pound. So I decided to buy an inexpensive jar of Spanish olives and turn them into something special.  Normally, you get get a big jar of olives for just a few dollars. I like the big green ones with the pits still in them. I turn to my spice cabinet and the magic begins.

I heated up some olive oil and flavored it with crushed garlic, rosemary, thyme and orange peel. I marinated the olives in the flavored oil and some Sriracha sauce gave the olives a little kick. You don’t have to use the same spices I did. Take a look in your spice cabinet and be creative. Here are some ideas:

  • dried basil
  • dried thyme
  • garlic
  • chili powder
  • dried rosemary
  • orange peel
  • lemon peel
  • hot pepper
  • Herbs de Provence
  • dried parsley

I loved warming the spices in the olive oil. It made the house smell delicious. The olives then soaked in the oil for a day or so and are ready to eat. They should sit for a day but that doesn’t always happen. My husband and I were very anxious to eat them. Luckily, the kids don’t love them so there is more for the adults.  This is perfect to serve as an appetizer. Lately, there hasn’t been much time to cook dinner in my house. A nice piece of crusty bread, some cheese and these olives have been my dinner on more than one occasion.

What type of spices would go in your kicked up olives?

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Marinated Olives
Recipe type: appetizer
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Serves: 8
Turn inexpensive olives into something special.
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 inch piece of fresh orange zest, cut into small strips
  • a dash of Sriracha
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups green olives with pits, brine drained
  1. Heat oil on low heat and add garlic. Cook for a few minutes then add rosemary, thyme, and orange zest. Stir and continue to heat for another few minutes. Add the Sriracha and vinegar mixing well. Pour the mixture over the olives and mix well. Marinate for a day or so. Keep the olives stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.





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Gail Snyder: Good Deal Meals May 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I pinned this, great idea, can’t wait to try.


Cathy May 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

Yes! I love olives! The thing is, I’m looking for ways to cut back a little. You don’t know just how appealing your simple meal of bread, cheese, and olives is…especially with your kicked up olives. I can’t wait to try this! 🙂


ramona May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

good idea, I can never make up my mind at thos olive bars


Kate May 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

Our grocery store has a pretty nice, affordable olive bar.


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m not huge on olives, but my family would love if I prepared them this way for them! Thanks for sharing!


Kathy May 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

These look so delicious! I love really good olives!


The Food Hunter May 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I love the added orange zest


Mary May 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

This is really a great idea. The olives will spruce up any meal and I know I would love them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


Karen Harris May 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I’m with you, the olive bars are too darned expensive. I love this idea and I’m sure they are better than the olive bars too. I can’t wait to try this. I’m pinning.


Biz May 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm

What a great idea! My husband is a sucker for that olive bar at our grocery store – but like you said a small container can be like $10 bucks!


Pam May 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Oh man. I wish I had a bowl full of these olives right now. They look fantastic!


Aggie May 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

My parents just gave me a huge amount of green olives, I’m going to do this! I love them kicked up like this. Great recipe Lisa (they are SO overpriced when bought already kicked up!).


Mary Withrow December 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Adding these to my list, we love olives here as well!


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