Instead of opening a jar of olive tapenade or a dip from the refrigerated section of the market, consider making your own. If you keep some key ingredients on hand and have a small food processor or blender, you are in business!
The olive tapenade is so easy and so much better when made fresh. The beauty of it is that you can make a small amount if you are just having a few friends or more for a party. It can be used on top of chicken or even in a sandwich. And when you make it yourself, you can control the salt, garlic and rosemary (or even omit one of these).
The white bean spread is a great starter and really healthy. This recipe calls for canned beans but you could easily cook your own. Use this method to produce fresh beans, done in about 3 hours:
I hope you like these recipes. These seem to be real crowd pleasers!
ps: and thanks to some friends for the use of their counters during the "photo shoot". They were very patient while we were taking the pictures. But, we made up for it by feeding them the dips!
1/2 jar of pitted kalamata olives, drained (about 1/2 cup) 2-3 Tbl good quality olive oil 1 clove garlic Fresh rosemary (start with 1 tsp or so) Good pinch of salt Fresh ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small food processor. Pulse until olives form a paste. Add more oil if necessary. Serve with crackers or bread.
White Bean Dip
Makes about 2 cups-great with crackers or raw veggies