Entertaining: Easy Appetizers – Citrus-Marinated Olives
A bowl of plump and glossy marinated olives is hands-down one of my favorite hospitality gestures. And, this primo party food, perfect with wine or cocktails, couldn’t be easier to throw together. Sure, you could scoop up some already-flavored ones from your local market, but once you’ve made your own, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with the store-bought kind. Although these gorgeous little nibbles are great cold or at room temperature, what really makes them sing is warming the olives in the oven for a few minutes to marry the flavors. Set out a bowl (and include a small bowl on the side for the discarded pits, too) while you mingle with your guests and watch them disappear. Packed in jars and tied with a pretty ribbon, they also make a lovely hostess gift.
In a bowl, toss together:
- 12 ounces mixed gourmet olives
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- zest of 1 orange
- zest of 1 lemon
Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper; wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and serve.
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