Olive and Antipasti Bar... can't.get.enough.
Ok, so I'm an avid eater (of most things) and I'm pretty creative in the kitchen. I am absolutely in-love with all the tasty olives and colorful marinated combinations at my local grocery store's deli. I use some of the items in my recipes, like making pizzas and pasta dishes, but I was wondering if anyone else had any of the own ideas they'd like to share. I just want more ways to use these!
What's your favorite olive or antipasti items from the deli? Do you just snack or what? I'm a big-time snacker looking for ideas.
Thanks so much guys! (:
The olive/antipasti bar is a great thing, no doubt.
I use it to make small batches of olive tapenade (or large batches actually - you can pick just as much as you need, which is why I love it - easy to do for 1 or 10).
Get one container - put in some green olives (pitted), some black olives (pitted), a few capers (or caper berries sometimes when they have them), a roasted red pepper (or part of one depending on how many olives - I like an almost 1:1:1 ratio of green/black/red pepper - but to each their own). Buy a lemon and some parsley. Dump it all in the food processor (mini-prep if you have one, less clean up) with some of the lemon juice, olive oil, and some parsley - buzz until the texture you like. LOVE IT!
(I leave out any sardines or anything like that since friends have fish allergies)
These are the same as Pepperazzi peppers, I think. They are round and red? Sort of squat? I have stuffed them before like ghg was saying. I LOVE goat cheese. It's the perfect creaminess cheesiness for the bit of spice in the pepper. I thought of stuffing them with sausage and cheese too. I found this recipe online. It looks delicious! They're so colorful too. I'm always trying to find new appetizers for a small crowd. Boy, it's early and I'm already getting hungry!
I like the olive bar too - the olives and looove marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms. I don't indulge too often though as it is $7.99/ pound and I usually can't resist and easily polish the whole thing off in a few minutes. I then feel guilty about inhaling eight bucks on a quick snack.