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
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
1-2 garlic cloves (remember, the bulb is the whole piece; a clove is one part that you pull off)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Tbl fresh parsley
1/4 – 1/2 cup liquid from the can of beans
2. Combine beans and everything else except the liquid from the can in blender or food processor for 1 minute.
3. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from beans. Blend for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Add more liquid or salt if necessary.
Author Information: Amy Fothergill, San Francisco, CA
Amy Fothergill is the mother of two and owner of The Family Chef. She teaches cooking classes and provides consultations. She blends her culinary techniques with delicious ingredients to create gluten free, healthy dishes that the whole family enjoys.
Blog: http://thefamilychef.blogspot.com (a food blog which is a blend of gluten free and regular recipes)
Email: Amy Fothergill
Gluten-free recipes: http://www.examiner.com/x-13910-SF-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner