Roasted Honeybell Orange Olives

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Author Notes: I wanted to take this challenge down to the essence of ingredients, olives and citrus. Just before looking at what this week's challenge was, I was trolling my Amazon wishlist. One of many tagged books is entitled "Olives and Oranges" by Sara Jenkins (Porchetta, NYC), and Sandy Fox (editor of La Cucina Italiana) and it spans the Mediterranean in cuisine and has the MOST beautiful photo of oranges and olives front and center. Having never opened it, all I need was that photo for my recipe to start writing itself in my head. It is also helpful that my sister bequeathes Honeybell oranges on my parents during the winter months and they generously share them with me. I used a mix of olives in this, green and kalamata mostly. - testkitchenettetestkitchenette

Food52 Review: Not being beneficiary of honeybell oranges, I was lucky enough to score a Cara Cara orange for this amazing recipe. I was a little nervous the olives would cook to a pulp after an hour and a half, but for some mysterious reason they did not. They just became infused with the wonderful orange flavors. Serving this alongside some lovely french bread with a bit of ricotta made us feel like we on a yacht somewhere in the Mediterranean. Two thumbs up!wssmom

Serves about 6

  • 3 cups olives, I used a mixed bag, so choose to your liking
  • 3/4 cup dried figs, quartered
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 juicy and sweet orange
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour into a foil lined baking sheet (one with sides). After zesting and juicing the orange and toss the orange half that has been zested juiced in with the mixture. Enclose olive mixture with foil and seal.
  2. Bake for an hour. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes. Cool a bit and serve along with bread smeared with ricotta or mascarpone.

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over 4 years ago testkitchenette

Thank you wssmom for a wonderful review. I've made them again and blitzed them in the food processor until like a tapenade...very delicious also!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

Great ingredients...I love dates(especially Medjool). I am confused about the line..."toss the oranges half..." Are there sliced oranges in this too? or just juice and zest?


over 4 years ago testkitchenette

I will clarify in the recipe...after zesting and juicing the orange I tossed in the empty peel of the orange with the rest of the ingredients. Thanks for your lovely comment!


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This sounds wonderful! Dang - another cookbook to buy ...


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

hk, this sounds yummy! That's one of my many cookbooks. I agree - it's loaded with great inspiration for this week's theme.


over 4 years ago testkitchenette

Thank you drbabs and healthierkitchen! The book will be ordered soon! The olives are even better after hanging out in their juices overnight!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

wow, sounds delicious


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

It is a great book - I took a look at it last night too! When you can, it is worth getting. Your recipe sounds delicious. The combo with the ricotta pulled me in!