Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade

by Kelli on December 27, 2013

Sundried Tomato & Olive Tapenade

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I think I’m still kind of tired from traveling around to see as much of my family as possible, and I’m definitely still full from the seemingly endless stream of food that was in front of me all day.

Although maybe not too full to think about some tasty bites for New Year’s Eve.

Before I tell you how Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade will make a perfect hors d’oeuvres for your New Years party, (actually, for any party) let’s talk about olives for a minute.

Sundried Tomato & Olive Tapenade

Olives were an acquired taste for me.  I spent so many years cringing at the thought of olives, sometimes I forget that I really like them.

When I was growing up I liked whole black olives, the kind that come in a can.  Mostly I just loved putting them on my finger tips.  I may or may not have actually eaten them.  Probably not, though.

I think I finally started warming up to olives about ten years ago.    And I’m happy to say I’ve moved far beyond canned olives….and putting them on my finger tips.

Sundried Tomato & Olive Tapenade

Ok, now we can talk about how you need to include this tapenade in the hors d’oeuvres line up for your next shindig!

The great thing about this spread (or, dip, if you will), is that unlike traditional olive tapenade, it’s not over the top salty.  In addition to the beautiful deep red hue they give this spread, the sundried tomatoes add a slight sweetness that balances out the saltiness of the olives, capers and anchovy.

I love using kalamata olives for this recipe, but you can you variety you like.  Serve Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade with toasted slices of baguette, pita chips or crackers.

Head over to Greatist to get my recipe for Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade.

Sundried Tomato & Olive Tapenade

Enjoy!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

angela December 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

this looks luscious and healthy – the perfect foil for all that holiday indulgence! totally pinning, and planning to share at our New Year’s eve family/friends night!

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Kelli December 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Thanks, Angela! Your family & friends will love it!

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Tieghan December 27, 2013 at 9:19 AM

LOVE this spread! These flavors are so my thing!

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Kelli December 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Thanks so much, Tieghan!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

It’s my lucky day — I just bought a baguette from the grocery store and it’s in serious need of this dip. It told me so. ;)

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Kelli December 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

It must be fate :)

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Kevin @ Closet Cooking December 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

What a tasty treat! Perfect for a New Years Eve party!

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Kelli December 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Thanks, Kevin!

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Julia December 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Yup, we’re definitely on the same page…I’ve been wanting to make tapenade for ages and your recipe looks amazing! Between your tapenade and my caponata, I’d say we have ourselves a sweet ass italiano feast!

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Kelli December 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Love how we’re on the same page :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I have a problem controlling how much I eat when there are bread and spreads around. I love sundried tomato spread! Happy New Year, Kelli!

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Kelli December 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

You are so not alone…I have a serious problem devouring everything in sight when spreads are out :)

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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely December 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Now this is my kind of appetizer! I could eat bread every meal of the day. Let’s eat all the carbs!

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Kelli December 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Carbs for life!!

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Joanne December 30, 2013 at 6:59 AM

I can definitely make room in my belly for this appetizer!! And I could probably even eat this spread with a spoon straight from the bowl and be pretty content.

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Kelli December 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I’m totally with you :) Thanks, Joanne!

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