|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 87g||111%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||59%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||22%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||60%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This easy Moroccan olive tapenade recipe calls for cured black olives, but for variety you might want to try making it with green olives. Both versions can be prepared and offered alongside each other, which was the way they were presented the first time I sampled them. Feel free to adjust the amount of harissa to make your own tapenade as fiery as you like. Likewise, garlic may also be adjusted to taste.
Although the original recipe as shared with me did not call for capers, I've since learned that all tapenades must, by their very nature, include them. The recipe below, then, has been edited to list capers in the ingredients. For those of us who love the tangy, sour, salty flavor of capers, this can only be viewed as an enhancement to what was an already-delicious spread.
You'll find that the Moroccan tapenade works beautifully as a condiment in sandwiches made with grilled meats or fried sardines (yes, fried fish really is terrific that way!), or serve it as a dip or spread with crusty Moroccan bread.
1 cup (200 grams) Kalamata olives, or cured black olives or green olives
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 or 2 garlic cloves, pressed or very finely chopped
1 tablespoon harissa
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil, or more, to taste
Baguette, optional, for serving
Rinse the olives and remove the pits. Combine the olives with the capers.
Chop the olives and capers as finely as you can by hand, or place them in a food processor and pulse several times until the mixture is almost a paste. If using a processor, be careful not to overdo the blending as you want the tapenade to retain some texture.
Mix the chopped olives with the remaining ingredients by hand, or in the food processor (again by pulsing several times, just until combined).
Taste, then add and adjust harissa, garlic, and lemon juice as desired.
For a thinner tapenade, increase the amount of olive oil, stirring in an additional teaspoon or two at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.
Store the tapenade in a covered glass jar in the fridge.