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8 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Any Jar of Olives

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Remember that time you decided you were going to become the sort of person who makes themselves a dirty martini when they get home from work? Same. (How'd it go? Same.) Sounds like you have a jar of olives in your fridge right now, and if you did have a dirty martini phase, they're probably the little green guys. But maybe you have fat green Castelvetranos, or fruity little Kalamatas, or oily, wrinkly black ones. We love them all.

Here's how to pull them from the depths of your fridge and into your regular cooking and snacking routine, whether you have a whole jarful of them to use up or just a handful:

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
  • C'mon, give the dirty martini another try. Go heavy on the olive brine, if that's your thing, and load up on olive garnishes.
  • Or leave the olives out of the drink and serve them alongside. You can leave them as they are, or give them a warm bath in herby olive oil. This one has orange and rosemary; this one has garlic and anchovies. It's the sort of snack that easily and happily turns into dinner.
  • Tapenade is another excellent snack-as-dinner vehicle. All you need to make tapenade is olives (any olives!) and capers (another jar you're probably slowly-but-surely working through). No recipe needed.
  • Or, stuff and deep-fry them! Your happy hour won't know what hit it.
  • An olive sandwich may be unexpected, but it's pretty brilliant. This olive sandwich is "unusual in its simplicity," and very Genius indeed. Cream cheese and green olive (the kind stuffed with pimentos) sandwiches are a favorite of my dad's.
  • Cut out the middleman by baking olives right into a loaf of bread. Nearly any simple loaf will happily accommodate any chopped olives. But you could also scatter them over a loaf of focaccia or any flatbread before baking.
  • Add them to a roast. Chicken is especially happy to be paired with olives. (Think Chicken Marbella- or Moroccan-style.)
  • Your salad wants olives! Pair with citrus and fennel or farro and raisins or cabbage and capers.

How do you work through your jar of olives? Share your ideas in the comments.

Tags: olives, italy week, leftover olives