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Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade
Looking for a quick and fancy appetizer to serve your guest? Try my easy recipe for homemade olive tapenade. This recipe takes 5 minutes to make, and even better you can make it ahead of time and pull it out of the refrigerator once guest arrive.

Olive Tapenade

What makes this olive tapenade so delicious are the two different type of Mezzetta olives in the recipe. I used mix of Mezzetta Sliced Greek Kalamata Olives and Mezzetta Italian Castelveterano Whole Green Olives. And let me tell you about my secrete ingredient. Only true food connoisseurs know this secret. Ready for it… anchovy paste! Some recipes call for whole anchovies, which you can do; however, I like to have the paste on hand because then it’s always on hand and I can use it for various recipes and not feel obligated to have to use the entire can of anchovy filets.

Olive Tapenade

My family loves olives, and we always have a few jars of Mezzetta Olives in our refrigerator at all time. I’m always asked to bring a cheese, meat, and olive plate to family gatherings or my olive tapenade. Most of the time it’s the tapenade. We all like it with a bit more texture and not smoothed down to mush–but the consistency is totally up to you! I love sharing Mezzetta Olives in my home. Mezzetta is actually family owned since 1935, the fourth generation of Mezzetta family is continuing the commitment to bring our customers the highest quality foods available. We source the finest fresh produce from the sun-drenched soils of California, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece and prepare them according to our Italian family recipes at our state-of-the-art production facility in the Napa Valley.

Olive Tapenade

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Print Recipe

Olive Tapenade

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes



  1. Using an olive pitter, pit the 1/2 cup of Mezzetta Italian Castelveterano Whole Green Olives.
  2. Place the pitted olives, Kalamata olives, anchovy paste, garlic clove, capers, fresh parsley, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil in a blender. Begin to blend until almost smooth (about 30 seconds). Add in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil while blending.
  3. Place in a dish and serve immediately or refrigerate (covered) until ready to serve to guest.

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2 Responses to “Olive Tapenade”

  1. April posted on November 26, 2015 at 12:10 am (#)

    anchovies! i’ve never thought to put it in my tapenade.  love it! 😀

    • Katie replied on November 30th, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Yes–it’s a perfect binder plus it gives an extra depth of flavor! And the paste makes it a little less scary to work with!

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