Easy Tapenade

5 from 5 votes

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With the holidays here, hardly anyone among us is not invited to or hosting a get together of some type.  Between family, co-workers, church functions and friends of all kinds, tis the season to host and attend.  Whether you are making the fare or bringing something to the table  for others to enjoy, the question of what to serve is always one that is asked.  This season I tried something different for one such gathering.  It is simple, it is full of flavor, it is black olive tapenade.
A piece of bread with spread.

About this

The only time I have ever had this appetizer was at a local restaurant specializing in Mediterranean food, here in the Fox River valley of Wisconsin.  It is no coincidence that this fine dining establishment offers black olive tapenade, as it is a popular food in the south of France where it is generally eaten as an hors d’oeuvere, spread on bread.

It is also used occasionally to stuff poultry, when served as a main course.  This rich, olive based spread can be used as an appetizer, served with crackers, crusty bread or crudités. It can also be used as a condiment.  For something a little different than the oft cream based and cranberry laden holiday accompaniment,  give this rich and flavorful spread a try.

A piece of bread with spread on it.





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Easy olive tapenade recipe

5 from 5 votes
Great as an appetizer, try this delicious and easy olive tapenade
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 cup kalamata olives, whole and pitted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 anchovy fillet, or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 leaf fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil


  • Combine all ingredients in small food processor, or blender.
  • Pulse/Process/Blend to desired consistency.
  • Adjust ingredient quantities to taste.


Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 388mg, Potassium: 9mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 88IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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  1. Danny and Scott I absolutely love your recipes! I am always looking for new easy appetizers while we cruise around on our boat. Docktails are a very frequent event that requires shareable appetizers! Thanks for sharing so many yummy ideas! Love and hugs!

  2. 5 stars
    Who doesn’t love a good tapenade? It’s one of my favorite snacks and I make it very often. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Hey Dan. This tapenade looks delicious. I might even try it if we didn’t sell a Black Olive Tapenade in our shop;)
    Keep them coming!!

  4. I have been on a huge kalamata olive kick lately, this looks great! Perfect for an appetizer and healthy too!

  5. I love Tapenade and have never thought to actually make it (what can I say, Trader Joe’s calls to me!)- maybe this will be the recipe that gets me off of the jarred variety!