Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives

October 29, 2015

Author Notes: Set these out with your holiday party appetizer spread (with a bowl for discarded pits!) and prepare to watch your crostini get completely ignored. Kendra Vaculin

Makes: about 1 pint of olives
Cook time: 10 min


  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Peel of 1 large orange, shaved with a potato peeler or paring knife, in about 1 inch-wide strips
  • 4 to 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 15 ounces plain olives (I used a mix of jarred green Castelvetranos and Kalamatas; use "dry weight" measurements from the labels), drained and rinsed
In This Recipe


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and smashed garlic over low. Warm the oil though, tossing occasionally and taking care not to fry the garlic, about 3 minutes. Add the orange peel, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and olives. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is just starting to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the orange juice, mixing to combine. Set aside to cool. Serve slightly warm or allow to cool completely before transfering (rosemary sprigs, orange peel, and all) into an airtight container to store in the fridge. Will keep for 1 week.

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