Monday, November 3, 2008

Roasted Olives-Classic Holiday Snacking Favorite

(NAPSI)-Simple to prepare and easy on the budget, savory roasted olives are a delicious seasonal treat at holiday parties and fireside family gatherings. Lindsay Olives transforms everyday olives by roasting them with herbs and spices, French style.

Roasting olives is a fun, quick technique that gives them a slightly chewy outside, a dense flesh and a truly unique bite. Tomatoes, whole garlic and herbes de Provence add color, texture and flavor to a mixture of glossy, black ripe olives, brightly flavored Kalamatas and briny green olives stuffed with garlic. The garlic softens and sweetens as it roasts, a lovely complement to the herbs.

This delicious, simple recipe is ready in just 30 minutes and, if refrigerated, stays tasty for up to two weeks, making it perfect for the nonstop entertaining season.

For more easy entertaining recipes and tips, please visit www.lindsayolives.com.

Lindsay Roasted Olives

(Serves 6-8)

Serve this starter with toasted baguette slices, crackers, pita bread or just by themselves with toothpicks to make it easy to pick them up and enjoy.

1 pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes

1 cup Lindsay® Black Ripe Olives

1 cup Lindsay® Kalamata Pitted Olives

1 cup Lindsay® Queen Olives Stuffed with Garlic

1 tablespoon herbes de Provence blend or a mix of rosemary and thyme

8 whole garlic cloves, peeled

¼ cup olive oil

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Toasted baguette slices, pita bread or crackers.

Heat oven to 425° F.

Lay out all the ingredients on a sheet pan and toss to combine well. Roast the olive mixture in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the tomatoes have shriveled and browned lightly. Cool on the sheet pan and transfer all ingredients to a shallow serving bowl. Serve at room temperature with toasted baguette slices or crackers.

Note: Herbes de Provence is a dried herbal blend of rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, summer savory and lavender. It can be found at larger grocery stores or online. If you have trouble finding it, just make your own mix of a few of the designated dried herbs that you have on your pantry shelf.

Serving tip: If you can find them, fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme or basil look great as a garnish. If you have trouble finding the specified olives, feel free to use any combination that appeals to you.

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