I’ve been getting a lot of questions this summer about my favorite recipe in my cookbook and truth me told – it’s almost impossible to choose. That said…. the marinated olives are pretty freaking phenomenal and I gave them a new spin for these Marinated Olives and Feta as an appetizer over the holiday weekend!
We had 3 parties over the weekend, none of which we hosted, so by the time the last one rolled around, I was out of all my cookies and my avocado supply was at zero so that meant bringing guacamole was out of the question. I did however have a jar of the worlds best olives in the pantry and some of my favorite feta (in sheet form) in the fridge. Duh – game on. I whipped up a quick marinade for the olives and the feta and then let them hang for a few hours before we ventured to our friends house. The result was beyond. The olives are mellow and loaded with flavor, the feta is like infinitely better after it had some of the flavored olive oil infused into it, and then I served it with some grilled bread to bring it all together.
So what started as a quick fix to a potluck dinner party, ended up being my new go-to appetizer for dinner parties no matter what time of the year. And if you’re not into feta, use those little baby mozzarella balls and it will be just as good!! xo
Marinated Olives and Feta
- 2 cups pitted castelvetrano olives lightly crushed
- 1 lemon zested
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot sliced
- 4-5 sprigs of thyme
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1-2 sheets of feta broken into large pieces (about 10 ounces)
- Grilled bread for serving
- Place the olives in a bowl with the lemon zest.
- In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine the olive oil, whole garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes, sliced shallot and thyme. Cook until the garlic starts to sizzle, about 1-2 minutes, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat, add the crushed olives and lemon zest and let steep for 1 hour. Pour oil over the feta at least 20 minutes before serving. (can be combined to marinate for up to 48 hours)
- Serve with grilled thinly sliced bread for an appetizer