Sometimes you need to work with what you have instead of what you want. Sometimes all you have is tinned bland olives but, you want nicely marinated delicious olives. We can easily make that happen.
To make a short story even shorter, the point is that you can easily marinate tasteless olives at home using only a touch of love and a few cheap ingredients.
You might not end up with the best olives you ever tasted but you surely will get a delicious quick and cheap alternative.
Delicious by themselves, easy to make and takes all but 5 minutes.
Most of the ingredients needed to marinate olives quickly are probably lying around in your fridge and pantry already.
- Tinned Olives - Pitted green, black or mixed. When they're pitted they take more flavour from the marinade.
- Herbs - Any dried herbs will do. Like parsley, oregano and bay leaf.
- Oil - Extra virgin olive oil or any other good quality cold-pressed oil.
- Seasoning - Salt and pepper.
- Citrus - lemon is the go-to but you can use orange and lime too.
- Garlic (optional) - Minced or paper thinly sliced.
How to make it
This is beyond easy to make and perfect if you are in a rush or have zero cooking skills but have to serve something at a party or as a snack before a meal.
- Drain 1 tin(135g drained weight) of each black and green pitted olives. Put into a bowl along with 26 grams or 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- Peel some lemon rind from 1 lemon and bruise it by rolling between your thumb and forefinger. This releases the flavourful citrus oil from the skin. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze out ¼th of the juice(15g) onto the olives.
- Peel and mince 1 small clove or 4g of garlic and add to the bowl.
- Add about 6 to 8 bay leaves and a teaspoon or 2 grams of dried oregano or parsley
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix it all together well and ideally let it sit overnight but you can have it straight away if you have to serve it NOW.
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Easily Make the following changes by adding substituting:
- Add in in some anchovies for an extra umami salty, funky kick.
- Use oranges instead of lemon for a sweeter version.
- Add in freshly chopped parsley, oregano or chervil instead of dried herbs.
- Add in chopped chillies for a little heat.
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