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Marinated Olives

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This mixture of olives, fresh herbs, garlic, and hot pepper flavors is simply superb. Give Marinated Olives as holiday gifts packed into pretty containers.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 pounds

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. large cracked green olives, drained
  • 1 lb. Kalamata olives, drained
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 Tbsp. whole peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. hot pepper flakes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • wine vinegar

Preparation:

In a large glass bowl, combine the olives, herbs, garlic, and spices. Place in a glass or plastic container with a tight lid. Add enough oil and vinegar to cover olives halfway, using 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.

Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 2 days before serving. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Turn the container over several times to make sure the olives are coated with the marinade. These olives will keep for several weeks if refrigerated. Bottle them in pretty glass bottles, cover with the olive oil/herb mixture, seal tightly, and refrigerate.

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