Friday, May 28, 2021

Tapenade from @MaddieDayAuthor plus #giveaway

 MADDIE here, with the easiest recipe for an appetizer you can imagine!


I reveled in having some also fully vaccinated friends over last weekend, and I wanted an easy, quick appetizer to serve. I love tapenade, but I haven't resumed shopping at Trader Joes, any store of which is at least a half hour's drive from my house. And that's the only place I've ever bought a jar of the rich, olivey spread.

But while I was doing my shopping during the Market Basket six AM senior hour, I picked up a container of mixed pitted jumbo olives. I didn't have a recipe in mind. How hard could it be? After I got home, I did check one recipe book, which said to include either anchovies or tuna. I rejected both ideas. And following is what I came up with. 

Maddie's Tapenade


Ingredients

1 ½ cups mixed green and black pitted olives

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

Directions

In a small food processor, grind olives, olive oil, and lemon juice. Add more oil or lemon juice if it is too thick.

 

I love my little two-cup food processor!

(Apologies - I decided to document this dish after I made it. But really, it's so easy, what's there to see?)

Serve at room temperature on crackers or toast. It also makes a delicious spread to add to a sandwich. Enjoy!


Readers: What is your favorite dip or spread? Do you like tapenade? I have one last ARC of No Grater Crime and will happily send it to a lucky commenter.

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.

28 comments:

  1. I have never eaten tapenade - thanks for sharing how you made yours. I wonder if it can be made with partly green olives as I prefer green to black.
    Bleakney750@yahoo.com.

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  2. My favorite dip is cheese dip.
    Kitten143@verizon.net

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  3. My favorite dip is Velveeta and Rotel tomatoes. It's tomatoes and green chili's.

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  4. Our favorite dip is melted cheese and Rotel tomatoes! I have never had tapenade, might have to try it.

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  5. I too love the one from Trader Joe's and this one sounds like I might just try it, but as usual to almost anything I make, I would add a small amount of garlic.

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    1. I thought of that! Especially roasted garlic.

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  6. Never had tapenade. I like tuna with mayo on crackers. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  7. I like tapenade...A local restaurant puts tapenade on the muffuletta sandwich they serve. My favorite dip is dill dip. Thanks for the chance! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. I've never had tapenade. I like onion dip. If I'm trying to be healthier, hummus.
    wskwared(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I have never heard of tapenade. This is interesting. I love olives and lemons. How fun this sounds. Thank you for sharing. I love onion dip. I find it goes with anything. Though I did try it on a sandwich instead of mayo. Yahhh not so much. LOL quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  10. I like Tapenade !! I love a liverwurst patte 😋

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  11. I have a great chili cheese dip and a sausage spread that are always loved when I serve them. I'm not an olive lover, so tap an are doesn't do it for me. Thanks for a chance! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  12. I have tried and not my favorite. Love a good crab or spinach dip. Thanks
    lhallson@shaw.ca

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  13. My husband and I love tapenade. I don't know why I haven't prepared some myself. I should plan on it for father's day. I really like hummus, too. What I really love but don't think I will ever make is chopped liver. A friend made a batch for me several years ago. It's so good. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

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    1. My sister used to make wicked chopped liver using chicken livers, white wine, a bit of onion (this was a while ago and I'm pushing my brain for details!), dill, and lots of butter. After cooking everything together until the livers were done, she zipped it in a food processor. It was divine!

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  14. I do like tapenade, but I've always had it on a sandwich, never as an appetizer. I'm sure it's good used with crackers as an appetizer. I'll have to remember it when I need an appetizer to serve.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. My favorite "dip" story: In high school we had a play rehearsal at my house. I made the ever popular onion dip (onion soup mix and mayo).
    We served it with the warning that everyone should have some. If you'd eaten it you weren't likely to be bothered by the aroma!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. Love tapenade, but recently tasted a new dip that I love. When you are ready to head back to Trader Joe's, you can get the 3 ingredients ready to throw together. Meanwhile, I plan to try it the long way and prepare them myself. 1 package of precooked black lentils, a container of bruschetta mix, and feta cheese. Mix together and serve on rice crackers.

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  17. I have not tried tapenade but would love to try it someday. My favorite is a red pepper hummus. Thanks for the chance!
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. This tapenade looks delicious! My favorite dip is hummus or tzatziki.

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  19. My whole family are crazy for olives, and we've always had them on/in many dishes, like potato salad, topping deviled eggs, sandwiches and just eating them alone. I've made tapenade many times. One of the best versions dh and I ate was at Todd English's restaurant Olives in Las Vegas, spread on delicious bread, while sitting outside watching the Bellagio fountains! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Lynn, you are our lucky winner! Please check your email, and congratulations.

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  20. Lynn in Texas is our lucky winner! Please check your email, Lynn, and congratulations.

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy! Email sent. Thanks, Edith. xo

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  21. I never thought to make this. My sister liked tapenade.

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