Black Olive Tapenade

I'll admit that olives are not a favorite of mine, but there's something about a good salty and briny tapenade that makes them so right to me.

Adapted from Alton Brown

Black Olive Tapenade

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 2/3 cup
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
Special equipment:Food Processor
This recipe appears in: Sauced: Black Olive Tapenade


  • 1/2 pound pitted Kalamata olives, or other black olives
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


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    Place olives, anchovies, garlic, olive oil, capers, lemon juice, thyme, and mustard in the workbowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until uniformly chopped into a thick paste, stopping to scrape down sides as necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.


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