Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Have you tried roasting olives? It warms them, changes their texture and infuses flavours into them. They're good as a pre-dinner snack or as part of a cheese plate.
Here's how I like to do them:
Place whole, unpitted black olives (I like kalamatas) into a roasting dish.
Add some unpeeled cloves of garlic, fresh sprigs of rosemary, a couple of strips of fresh lemon peel.
Then add good grinding of black pepper and a few glugs of olive oil. Mix.
Put in a pre-heated oven at 200c for 15-20 minutes.
Serve warm with fresh crusty bread and cheeses.
*you can also eat the garlic if you like (I do!) - it should be soft and gooey, and you can dip the bread into the flavoured oil