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Easy Appetizers: Marinated Olives

My sister-in-law, we can call her Sil, and I celebrate our birthdays a day apart. This year we thought it would be a great idea to have a party together. We still have not decided the date, time, venue and guest list, but yes, you guessed it right; we have already started to finalize the menu. Not just that, we have already started tasting the hors de oeuvres. It is perfect, she, like the rest of us has a passion for food as well. She loves to try different recipes and of course share them with me as well. So, I guess you can say it is like a family affair.

We had gone window shopping today and on the way back I stopped to try the much-anticipated marinated olives. I am not much of an olive person, but I was in for a surprise. Sil put them out in a straw bowl for me and just the sheer colors tossed together were the first thing to catch my eye. Shades of reds and greens fused together made the dish look even more appetizing.

Marinated Olives

The picture does not do justice to what I actually saw. I put the blame squarely on my horrible phone camera. As soon as I popped one olive in my mouth, I could taste the tartness of the olives, spiciness of the chilli, sharpness of fresh basil and strong flavors of the garlic. All you need to make this easy yet full flavored appetizer is:

  1. Pitted Green Olives
  2. Red Bird’s Eye Chilli
  3. Fresh Basil
  4. Garlic
  5. Olive Oil
  6. Glass Jar with a tight cover
It is as simple as that. Chop up the fresh basil, chilli and garlic. Drench them in olive oil and wait for all the flavors to infuse.
Sil’s tips for even more flavour:
  • Make sure the lid of the glass jar is tightly closed, so that no flavor escapes through
  • Keep the olives marinated overnight or as long as possible to let all the ingredients fuse together
  • Add or cut the amount of chillies you put in depending on your threshold for spicy food.
It is a simple appetizer yet oozing with flavor. Just set them out in a round bowl and keep some toothpicks in a glass next to them so your guests do not have to dirty their hands. You can make them a day earlier or even a couple of hours earlier, if you are pressed for time. The taste will still have your guests pining for more.


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  • Seema latif

    What a cool blog. Love the name

  • Ayesha

    I’m fascinated w your blog! And I’m totally gonna give the marinated olives a go!!

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