Pan-Fried Olives with Rosemary

Pan-Fried Olives with Rosemary
Staff Writer
Pan-Fried Olives with Rosemary

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Pan-Fried Olives with Rosemary

Olives — those supremely flavorful little packages — have become a standby in most households. Indeed, a bowl of olives is the finger food of choice at dinner parties. Olives are now so common, it's easy to take those gems for granted.

So, it's no surprise that a bowl of olives is always on my coffee table whenever friends come over for dinner. But since I always like to coax a bit more flavor out of things, I want my bowl of olives to bring some excitement — and even a little surprise — to my guests.

This recipe certainly fulfills both objectives. Biting into these meaty, warm olives is such an unexpected sensation that everyone always stops in their tracks and marvels. The olives turn out to be mellower when warmed and their flesh literally melts in your mouth. Meanwhile, the pan-fried rosemary contributes its irresistible herbal-pungency to make the whole experience quite delightful.

So here's to the olive and to the endless pleasure it gives us all!

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Notes

Note: Keep refrigerated up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving or reheat for 1-2 minutes over medium-high heat.

Ingredients

  • 2  Cups  Greek, Cerignola, Alfonso, or other meaty black olives
  • 1/3  Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2  Tablespoons  coarsely chopped rosemary

Directions

Drain the olives and pat dry with a paper towel. (If the olives have been stored in oil, just drain them; there's no need to pat them dry.) Heat half of the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the rosemary and olives, and sauté until the rosemary becomes dark green and crisp, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the remaining the olive oil. Toss well and serve warm.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
6mg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
1mg
0%
Sodium, Na
22mg
1%
Water
100g
4%

Olive Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Olive Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.