The texture and flavour are so appealing. A few olives with some dry salami and crusty bread is pretty much a perfect lunch for me.
Even though there are so many varieties of olives available, this recipe brings them to a whole new level. Whether you’re trying an imported jar of huge green olives, or are wondering what you’ll ever do with that can of pitted black olives, this works well for all. The olives are heated in olive oil with citrus peel, fennel seeds and a pinch of chilies. They’re served warm and the flavoured oil is fabulous soaked into bread.
A mix of olives: I’ve used about ¾ cup of brined mammoth greens, and the same amount of Kalamata. Both are pitted.
2 wide strips of lemon peel, with most of the pith scraped away.
2 wide strips of orange peel, with most of the pith scraped away.
1 T fennel seeds
a couple of pinches of dried chilies
Extra virgin olive oil
Arrange the olives in the bottom of a heavy saucepan. They should be about one layer deep, it’s okay if there are a few sticking up.
Over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer.
Continue simmering over the lowest heat for 20 – 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally, keeping the citrus submerged.
Refrigerate leftovers after 2 hours. Can be reheated.
Use as part of an appetizer buffet or as an accent to the main meal.