Mason Jar Seasoned Olives Makes Your Boring Olives Go Beyond Yum!
Take a minute to return to vacation mode
You stop at a brasserie, find a small table with an umbrella and the view of the blue sea and sit down. The server arrives and asks you what you want to drink.
“Vino bianco, per favore.”
The waiter returns and places your crisp cold glass of white wine down in front of you along with a small terracotta bowl filled with olives.
The taste of these seasoned Mediterranean olives with your fresh white wine are simply parfait.
Now back to reality. Work, busy, kids, busy, life, busy.
“If only I could transform myself back to that small café on the sea. Those olives, that view, drinking a glass of something to relax.”
You can. Read on.
Gourmet olives seasoned in a Mason jar
This month’s Recipe ReDux Challenge was reinventing something served or prepared in a Mason jar. I really like the idea of using glass jars to season, marinate, can or serve food. (Are you with me trying to avoid using food in plastic containers?)
My thoughts ran to the countless terracotta bowls filled with gourmet olives, the apéritifs, to drinking chilled somethings in a café (and all of it together). While there is something special about savoring a real olive from Sicily, Provence or Spain, these olives are not always found easily. And when you taste an olive that is just seasoned right, marinated in their own oil, or blended with the local herbs, my memory palate finds it hard to eat just regular olives.
So here is my recipe to recreate your own Mediterranean olives that are easy on the budget and accessible to most kitchens. These bland to budget-friendly bellissimi olives are seasoned in a glass Mason jar with fresh oregano, olive oil, lemon and garlic. (See and share the recipe below).
Now transform yourself back again, by the sea, enjoying an aperitivo with your Mediterranean style olives. Use this ‘touched-up-in-the-jar’ olive recipe to serve at the picnic table in the garden, brought to a pot-luck dinner for accompanying meats or cheese, or just opened up and served in small terracotta bowls with your apéritif, just like the French and Italians (and other cultures) do everyday on witching hour.
Gourmet Olives Recipe (Inspired by the Mediterranean Style)
Ingredients: (to fit small Mason jar)
2 cups of plain green, California, Greek canned or jarred olives, opened and drained (I used the popular Goya Spanish olives with pimento, but look for olives in your local store)
2 teaspoons fresh oregano (about 8 sprigs)
2 small garlic cloves, peeled and cut into thin slivers
4 tablespoons good quality olive oil
Zest from half a lemon
Mix all ingredients well, add to a Mason jar and season overnight. Keeps up to two weeks in refrigerator.
The art of apéritifing
An apéritif is a small drink served before dinner to get the mouth ready for the meal to follow. Usually the drink is a small port or other sweet liqueur, or a glass of wine. We serve an apéritif drink with olives, chips, nuts or other more substantial finger foods like cherry tomatoes and cheese, foie gras on toast or crostini and toppings.
These gourmet olives are part of an ideal aperitivo and are just light enough to match well with many drinks.
The garlic, fresh herbs and olives are a healthy source of anti-oxidants and immune boosting health properties.
And making them season in a jar is a great way to marinate the flavors and transport them to any apéritif table!
Buon Appetito e Bon Appetit!
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