TapenadeDon’t reach for butter to top your bread.  Reach, instead, for olive tapenade.  It is one of the best ways to top the bread you serve with your dinner.

If you are new to this term, it is pronounced “tep-ah-nod”.  If you are new to eating it, and you like French bread, then you are going to love this recipe!  You can easily make an olive spread that people are going to love.

This is a recipe that originated in the south of France, which is probably why it is so good with French bread.  You can also serve this with chicken or fish.

Olives are the primary ingredient for this condiment.  Pitted Kalamata olives are a great choice to use.  Be sure to make sure each olive really is pitted, so you don’t grind any pits with your olives when you add them to your food processor for pureeing.

Use a nice, fruity olive oil.  Usually, the deeper the color, the better the flavor, so look for one that is a nice, dark green.

Italian parsley is also a great option for herbs, though you can play around until you find the combination that works for you.  You can also add some black cracked pepper if you like it with a bit of bite.

The video below shows you how easy it is to make this recipe.



Kalamata olives come from an area in Greece that is famous for their olives.  They are wonderfully flavorful.  Unlike more commonly known black and green olives, these are purple in color, though their color can deepen to dark brown or black after being soaked in brine.

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