Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds – a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! 
 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives
Let us be grateful to people who 
make us happy; They are the charming gardeners 
who make our souls blossom. 
-Marcel Proust
This warm, fragrant appetizer was first introduced to me by my friend Neicy at Monday night book club.  I fell in love it it, not only for its great flavor and originality,  but also for its simple quick preparation.   Warm Olives with Rosemary, Garlic and Almonds, topped with chili treads. Marcona almonds and Castelvetrano olives are warmed over the stove in a small heavy bottom pot or dutch oven.  Bathed in olive oil, seasoned with whole garlic cloves, fresh rosemary, and fennel and cumin seeds, the almonds and olives take on lovely flavors.  Finish it off with a little lemon zest and dried chili threads – and viola, you’ll have a delicious appetizer, in 10 minutes flat,  just in time for your holiday gathering.
For inspiration on how to serve your holiday or New Years Eve goodies, take a look at my friend Serena’s blog, The Farm Chickswhere she shows pretty ways to present holiday appetizers. It was so much fun creating this post with Jill and Serena at Jill’s home in Valley Ford. I am reminded how much inspiration we receive from our friends -and how just being around friends stimulates us and gets our creative juices percolating. So thanks Neicy, Jill and Serena for the much needed inspiration!
It helps to have a cute little pot to serve this in, but a baking dish or ceramic dish will work great too.
 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives
For this recipe, if possible use Marcona almonds, which are Spanish almonds that have been blanched and roasted. They are available at stores like Whole foods, Trader Joes and even Costco.
For the bright green olives you see here, seek out Castelvetrano olives, which can be found at specialty food stores, and here locally at Huckleberries and Cost Plus World Market. Castelvetrano Olives are produced exclusively in Castelvetrano, Sicily, from the olive variety known as “nocerella del belice”. They are easily recognized by their distinctive bright green hue and meaty, buttery flesh. Delivering just the right amount of salt and not a hint of bitterness, this is my hands down, favorite olive. If you can’t find Castelvetrano olives, choose a variety of olives at your grocery store’s “olive bar”.

In a small heavy bottom pot, warm the olive oil.

Add a handful of whole garlic cloves. This will infuse the oil with delicious flavor.

When they just begin to turn golden brown add fresh rosemary.

Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds and a teaspoon of cumin seeds.

 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives

Toast for a couple minutes, stirring often.

Add the Marcona Almonds and the Castlevetrano olives.

 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives

Castelvetrano Olives are produced exclusively in Castelvetrano, Sicily, from the olive variety known as nocerella del belice. They are easily recognized by their distinctive bright green hue and meaty, buttery flesh. Delivering just the right amount of salt and not a hint of bitterness, this is my hands down, favorite olive.

 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives

The dried chili threads – can be found at most Asian markets. They are extremely thin threads of sun-dried red pepper that make an interesting garnish for just about anything. Traditionally used in the Korean condiment kimchi, they have a mild heat and full flavor that adds depth to soups, salads, hors d’oeuvres, eggs or anything that deserves a little extra color and spice. For even deeper flavor, lightly toast them in a dry skillet. Use them in place of chili flakes for added interest.

 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives
 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives
 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives
 Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives  #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives

 

 

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Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds - a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily! #warmolives #olives #marcona #almonds #rosemaryolives

Warm Olives with Rosemary, Garlic and Almonds


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Warm olives with rosemary, garlic, and almonds – a simple, delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor, that can be made very quickly and easily!


Ingredients

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  • 23 Tble olive oil
  • 810 cloves garlic
  • 2 T fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Cup Marcona almonds
  • 2 Cup Castelvetrano olives (or a variety)
  • lemon zest
  • chile threads (optional)

Instructions

  1. Warm oil over medium heat in a small heavy bottom pot or skillet.
  2. Add whole garlic cloves and turn heat to medium low, stirring occasionally until golden and fragrant.
  3. Add rosemary leaves and fennel seeds. Stir 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add cumin seeds, and cook another minute, stirring often.
  4. Add olives and almonds and sauté, stirring occasionally until both are warm, about 5-7 minutes. You can hold in a warm oven (180F) up to ½ hour, covered, until ready to serve.  Garnish with lemon zest and chili threads.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 124

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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    1. I would serve the ramekin with a mini fork. The sell disposable ones that are silver at many grocery stores these days. They work great.