California Central Coast Recipes

Tapenade Central Coast Style

On the Central Coast, most Mediterranean style restaurants offer an olive-based tapenade with bread when you sit down to order. For olive lovers most restaurant offerings are pretty boring. So we've come up with a Tapenade Central Coast Style that has a little more oomph to it, though not as spicy as our Olive Caviar.

This milder tapenade goes well with a chilled white such as a Gewurztraminer or young red wine and is a perfect accompaniment for a crusty rustic bread. It's a little easier to make than Olive Caviar since you use a combination of olives --some which are already pitted, and no anchovy. We prefer to use fresh rosemary for this tapenade, but fresh thyme is good substitute if the main course, such as Salmon with Warm Basil Cream Vinaigrette would clash. 2018, Tapenade Central Coast Style
Preparation time: 10 minutes
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1/4 cup Oil Cured Olives pitted
2/3 cup Kalamata Olives pitted
6 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves Fresh Garlic
1/3 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary or Thyme Leaves
2 Tablespoons Capers (vinegar squeezed out)
1 Tablespoons Rum

Preparation Directions.

1 Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender

2 Process by short pulse. Process just long enough to create a nice chunky spread

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Serve with fresh crusty style country bread and a glass of chilled white wine like a Gewurztraminer.

A tip from Sue!

Sauteing whole garlic

If your recipe calls for whole garlic, it doesn't burn as easily when in larger pieces. But you do need to score your garlic cloves all over in order to release the garlic juices and fragrance .Always be careful to avoid burning the cloves. It'll make the garlic cloves bitter and ruin what you're cooking.