Black Garlic Tapenade

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Author Notes: I first discovered black garlic earlier on in the year and love its sticky, almost burnt chewy caramel texture. On further investigation, I found out that our own Amanda, yes. Amanda H was one of its earliest pioneers......So, this is only fit for food52, and me obviously. - Kitchen ButterflyKitchen Butterfly

Food52 Review: I made this recipe with regular garlic and it was fantastic. There are a lot of strong flavors in here, but they meld together beautifully. I used a mortar and pestle instead of a food processor, so the spread was rather chunky, not smooth. We ate it with homemade pitas and it was quickly 11 year old begged me to make more soon. – WinnieAbThe Editors

Makes enough for 4 people

  • 1/2 cup black olives (not cured)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, dry roasted
  • 1 clove of black garlic, pressed through a mincer (sub regular garlic if unavailable)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • Olive oil to loosen
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor with 1/4 cup oil.
  2. Blitz and add more oil till you get the consistency you like.
  3. Serve as a dip, or slather over a sarnie
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over 4 years ago cheese1227

Wow. I just mast this for a cocktail party I am having this evening as I finally found black garlic in a Philly market last weekend. The layers of flavors in this paste are really astounding! Thanks.


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks cheese 1227


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Hi, I got my black garlic at a huge store (wholesalers) where I live in the Netherlands. has details of 'where to buy', including online purchases.


over 4 years ago cheese1227

I love tapanade and this looks like a great on. I have the same question at monkeymom on the black garlic.

ps. Love the photo.


over 4 years ago monkeymom

So interesting....where do you find black garlic?