Black Garlic Tapenade

August 21, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

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 Butterfly

Kitchen 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
In This Recipe


  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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Reviews (6) Questions (0)

6 Reviews

cheese1227 October 9, 2010
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.
Author Comment
Kitchen B. February 5, 2011
Thanks cheese 1227
Author Comment
Kitchen B. August 24, 2010
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.
cheese1227 August 23, 2010
I love tapanade and this looks like a great on. I have the same question at monkeymom on the black garlic. <br /> <br />ps. Love the photo.
monkeymom August 23, 2010
So interesting....where do you find black garlic?
duckfat June 4, 2016
Trader Joe's.